I talked to a telemarketer in Georgia who called me to do a music survey
I told her that Canada was a county that was kinda like the 50s, but without the racist humour – that that was deemed offensive in Canada.
And I am telling the truth – Canada is being as conservative as the 1950’s under our most American of Prime Ministers – who is like your W Bush – and for my British Readers or Anglo History Buffs will understand – Bush The Lesser.
You see – I am Canadian and a lesbian – both at the same time
I grew up in Canada – sang like an Angel in a junior choir in the 1970’s – to the toughest audience in the world:
Dour Staid Presbyterians who were too Canadian to respond with anything but smiles and nods.
The toughest audience in the world wide world – around Vancouver BC – The Place that Rock Stars feared to tread for one very good reason
Beause there’s a reason that Vancouver is so hard to win over.
Vancouver BC was the birthplace of stadium rock concerts.
In 1957 – Elvis played in Vancouver’s beloved Empire Stadium
Where every testosterone sports or major community events took place
And Elvis played the very first stadium of his life and he had to run for it – concert interruptus
And when that stadium was torn down a few years ago within this past decade – after years of public “consulting” – the public protested with signs that read
“You are tearing down Elvis’ stage”
Everyone knows how American Audiences reacted to Elvis and the world
But there is very little in the Elvis literature that you can read
Because I have around 500 books about Elvis – so I know how
Little Canada plays on the world stage by the coverage in those books.
But I know what impact Canada had on Elvis and Elvis knew what impact Canada had on Elvis.
It’s why Vancouver is the toughest crowd for any lesser rock star.
This staid small town nation hosted Three Elvis Concerts.
Back east – they made girls sign contracts that they couldn’t go to the show – and those contracts were enforced by suspending or expelling girls from school – and I don’t know what the American response to that is – but in Canada – it’s really unfair to not be allowed to go to school – so those girls did not make the decision lightly – I mean school and a stain on your immortal soul – or go to an orgy-revivial conducted by Elvis……
Hmm, probably wasn’t that difficult a choice – but there’s nothing like – just a tiny bit of worry and guilt – to make an orgy feel even more deliciously decadent.
But Vancouver – they let the kids go – we’re more Seattle – but Lotusland is the name for Vancouver
Hollywood North – Gateway to the Pacific
Elvis in Vancouver – right – lesser rock stars – you see – the reason why you all have such a hard time winning over Vancouver crowds – is because you see – Elvis played the first Stadium Concert in Vancouver in 1956 – and the kids were allowed to go without interference or threats – and Elvis show famously ended a scant 20 minutes into the show
Because every single teenager – grandmas and grandpas now – got out of their seats and rushed across the field to the stage – just to be closer to Elvis – and Vancouver is the only time – when Elvis – the King of 1956 – Fled the stage in fear of his life…..
So, think about Elvis in 1957 and you’ll understand
(thickened breath, tongue darts out of mouth to moisten lips, bedroom eyes, husky voice)
you see, when your first is Elvis…….
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