"Memories of Elvis" By the Numbers: Pelvic Thrust Count and Other Highlights

Allison Babka
Thomas Hickey performs as Buddy Holly.

11. Davis wiped his face with a pair of panties that a fan tossed to him during "(You're the) Devil in Disguise."

12. The band performed another excellent medley for "Hound Dog," adding "Roll Over Beethoven," "Don't Be Cruel," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Teddy Bear" to the song.

13. Davis gave a number of birthday shout-outs, including one to Beatle Bob, who was dancing near the stage. He and the band sang "Happy birthday to y'all." ("I didn't know he was still alive!" claimed a lady near me.)

14. The band closed the evening with a dedication to the armed forces and first responders, performing "Dixie" and the "Glory, glory, hallelujah" section of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in front of a backdrop that featured a giant American flag and bald eagle. I spied some audience members singing along, hands over hearts.

"Memories of Elvis" by the numbers (by my count, which admittedly could be off, as I was busy laughing, clapping and singing):

40 scarves and leis: In true "King" fashion, Davis removes items that are glistening with his neck sweat and doles them out to adoring ladies in the front row.

26 roses: Davis' group resells and reuses the roses that fans offer him during the show, funding flowers and pear trees at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and programs at Fisher House.

25 stuffed animals: The toys that men and women toss onstage go to Shriners Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and 16 other area charities for kids. (Side note: As we waited for the "Elvis" portion of the show, my friend remarked, "All the people holding teddy bears are starting to freak me out.")

4 panties: It's not a true concert experience until women throw thongs to a frontman.

1 "Thank you very much": I was surprised that one of Presley's well-known phrases wasn't used more.

1 (???) pelvic thrust: This was the fourth time I've seen the show, and it was the least thrusty of the bunch. He basically pranced the stage and pointed at people. Don't get me wrong, it was still great, but it was... different. I have the list of things in my notebook that I counted with hashmarks next to them, and by pelvis, I have "1(?)".

Allison Babka
...And I caught it on film.

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The Pageant

6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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