On April, 29 1976 [lastfm]Elvis Presley [/lastfm]fan [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] scaled the fence of Graceland hoping to meet Elvis only to be escorted off the grounds by Presley’s security.
According to Elvis.com.au Bruce Springsteen had just played Memphis on his Born to Run tour and decided to catch a cab to Graceland. He climbed the wall and ran to the front door of Elvis’ house where he was intercepted by a security guard who told him that Elvis was at Lake Tahoe. Springsteen attempted to impress the guards by telling them about being on the covers of Time and Newsweek but to no avail, he was politely escorted off the premises.
Springsteen acknowledged the incident onstage:
Later on, I used to wonder what I would have said if I had knocked on the door and if Elvis had come to the door. Because it really wasn’t Elvis I was goin’ to see, but it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear and somehow we all dreamed it. And maybe that’s why we’re here tonight, I don’t know. I remember later when a friend of mine called to tell me that he’d died. It was so hard to understand how somebody whose music came in and took away so many people’s loneliness and gave so many people a reason and a sense of all the possibilities of living could have in the end died so tragically. And I guess when you’re alone, you ain’t nothin’ but alone. So anyway, I’d like to do this song for yous tonight, wishing you all the longest life with best of absolutely everything.