Why did Elvis Presley never tour overseas?



Elvis Presley was immensely popular around the world. Surely he could have drawn huge audiences and made a ton of money if he toured overseas. But he never performed anywhere overseas. What was the reason for that?


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1Hm, i thought Elvis did perform in german television during his army time there. Am i wrong about this? I remember a video where he is performing a german song ("muss i denn zum städele hinaus") , i always thougth this was in german television – kl78 – 2015-11-25T11:32:49.707

Did you read Elvis Presley under "Parker and the Aberbachs"?

– user3169 – 2015-03-10T21:34:30.123

@user3169 It says Parker claimed "that foreign security was poor and the venues unsuitable for a star of his magnitude." That doesn't seem like a credible claim, since other huge stars like the Beatles successfully toured various countries. – pacoverflow – 2015-03-10T21:41:33.877



Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker (whose real name was Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) was an illegal alien. Sending Elvis overseas, where Parker would have needed a passport to travel, would have jeopardized his being "found out". And Parker wasn't about to send Elvis over there by himself, where someone else might have exerted control over him and convinced Elvis to dump Parker.

It is reported that a promoter in Saudi Arabia offered $10M US to tour there, which Parker turned down.

Johnny Bones

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Nash, The Colonel, pp. 384–390 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_Tom_Parker#cite_ref-nash384_47-0

– Herr_Schwabullek – 2015-09-10T15:23:40.773

Lots of information about Colonel Parker can be found in Peter Guralnick's celebrated two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Guralnick's books are cited many times in the References for the Wikipedia article on Colonel Tom Parker, the Wikipedia article on Elvis, and elsewhere. So that would be the most authoritative reference. – None – 2015-11-24T23:42:57.620

3Do you have a link for the Saudi Arabia offer? It is amazing Elvis never changed managers. – pacoverflow – 2015-03-11T19:08:06.933

1I think I got that nugget out of Col Tom's wiki. Elvis was incredibly loyal to Parker, even though Parker was screwing him to the tune of 50%. FIFTY PERCENT, when most managers were getting 15-20%. AND, all that lost revenue from not touring Europe/Japan/everywhere else. It was a shame, really. A carny huckster ruined one of the greatest entertainers ever. – Johnny Bones – 2015-03-11T19:21:04.823

4References would be nice, thanks :-) – Nicolas Raoul – 2015-03-12T05:14:36.630

Reference will be better. – Ankit Sharma – 2015-03-12T12:58:59.587


Throughout his entire career, Presley performed in only three venues outside the United States—all of them in Canada, during brief tours there in 1957. Rumors that he would play overseas for the first time were fueled in 1974 by a million-dollar bid for an Australian tour. Parker was uncharacteristically reluctant, prompting those close to Presley to speculate about the manager's past and the reasons for his apparent unwillingness to apply for a passport. Parker ultimately squelched any notions Presley had of working abroad, claiming that foreign security was poor and the venues unsuitable for a star of his magnitude. - Stanley, David; Coffey, Frank. The Elvis Encyclopedia. Virgin Books; 1998. ISBN 0-7535-0293-3.

Sean C.

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He was on a steady diet of quite a few illegal substances. Traveling overseas would have been too much of a hassle to make sure he had what he needed ( either smuggling them or having to score more in each country).


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