Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2020

Elvis’ stage fright, career worries after army revealed by ex-wife Priscilla Presley | Music | Entertainment

He was one of the greatest entertainers of all time and exuded confidence in his public appearances and performances. However, under the surface, Elvis Presley was a worrier. The King of Rock and Roll struggled with stage fright his whole professional life and often worried about his career.

Now his former wife Priscilla Presley has opened up on Elvis’ anxieties.

Speaking on This Morning in November, the 74-year-old revealed: “He did worry. Of course, he worried.

“He worried when he was in the army coming back to the States after being drafted.

“He was out of the limelight for two years. He didn’t know if the fans would still be supporting him, [or] if he’d lost all his fans because newer, upcoming rockers were coming up in the business.”

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She continued: “Even when he did the ’68 special: nerve-racking. He wanted to stop right then and there.

“He didn’t feel like he was going to perform the way that they saw him because he has grown up, matured.

“And, of course, going into Vegas, you couldn’t talk to him before the show.

“You didn’t go into his dressing room. He had to do his own mental, emotional meditation for himself to get out there.”

May wrote on his Instagram: “No – I never got to meet Elvis, or even see him perform live. Much to my sadness.

“But it was lovely spending some time with Priscilla, his beautiful wife, and hearing some of those Elvis stories first-hand.

“Notably, for people like us who perform, it’s always interesting to hear that everybody gets nervous before a show.

“Priscilla told me Elvis was always incredibly anxious before he went on, and I saw the same comment about Luciano Pavarotti in that excellent documentary recently.”

May added: “It’s good for us to know that even the great and powerful still feel that fear in the belly, and perhaps that’s what makes them perform to the max. Bri.”

In an unearthed interview from 1970, just two years after his big comeback special, Elvis opened up about his struggles with nerves.

The King said: “They asked me to do it and I was anxious to do some live appearances. Y’know, I haven’t…it had been a long time since I’d been on stage in front of anybody live.

“And I was anxious to do some live appearances. Thought it would be a good opportunity to get in front of the people.”

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