- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Elvis died the night before he was supposed to kick off a tour in Portland, Maine.

Forty years later, fans like Anne Salamone (SALL’-uh-moh-nee) are still hanging onto those tickets. She says she can’t bear to give up the tickets or the memories.

Many other fans still have their tickets.

She tells WCSH-TV that her uncle bought her tickets when she was in the eighth grade. She was crushed to learn Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

The Portland shows on Aug. 17 and 18 were supposed to kick off the first leg of his 1977 tour.

Instead of a show, Salamone and other fans paid tribute when the Cumberland County Civic Center opened its doors, placed a giant picture of Elvis on stage and played his music.

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