Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crashing Graceland

True story. Thirty-five years ago today, Bruce Springsteen decided to pay a visit to Elvis Presley at three in the morning, while on tour in Memphis. Together with Stevie, he climbed over the wall of the Graceland mansion and ran to the front door, but was stopped by security before he could ring the doorbell. Explaining his new-found rock fame and his recent covers of both Time and Newsweek, Springsteen poured on the charm and begged to be let inside – but instead, the unimpressed guards told him that the King was out of town and escorted him promptly to the sidewalk.

P.S. One of the most underrated bootlegs in the E Street live cannon -- Knock On Wood: Apr 29, 1976 at the Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN. Besides boasting the best of Bruce's first three records, the setlist also included It's My Life, Pretty Flamingo, and the very rare Frankie. But the most memorable part of this show was Stax Records' Eddie Floyd joining the band on Raise Your Hand, Knock On Wood, and Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some). The audio quality is poor, but you can clearly hear the whole joyousness of the performances.