Bruce Springsteen Once Tried to Break Into Graceland to See Elvis Presley

by Joe Rutland

Wait a minute. Bruce Springsteen, “The Boss,” got past the gates of Graceland to hopefully meet “The King?” Apparently, the story is true.

Springsteen was in Memphis, where Elvis Presley lived, for a concert in 1975 with his “E Street Band.”

After the show, Springsteen and “E Street Band” guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt thought it would be cool to see Presley. They caught a taxi from their hotel room out to Graceland.

“It took us out there in the middle of the night, and I remember we got outta the cab, and we stood there in front of those gates with the big guitar players on ’em,” Springsteen said.

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When Springsteen and Van Zandt arrived, they found themselves at the front gate with those big guitars on them. Springsteen said he could see a light on in the house and just knew Presley was home.

“And I told Steve, I said: ‘Steve, man, I gotta go check it out,'” Bruce Springsteen said. “I jumped over the wall and I started runnin’ up the driveway, which when I look back on it now was kind of a stupid thing to do because I hate it when people do it at my house.”

Springsteen said he actually made it to the front door when guards came up and asked what he wanted.

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“I said, ‘Is Elvis home?’ Then they said, ‘No, no, Elvis isn’t home, he’s in Lake Tahoe,'” Springsteen said.

He would not give up easily, though. Springsteen told the guards that his band was in Memphis that night and even added he’d been on the cover of “Time” and “Newsweek.”

The guards weren’t buying it,” though, and escorted Bruce Springsteen away from the front door.

Springsteen wonders what would have happened if he came face-to-face with Presley.

“Later on, I used to wonder what I would have said if I’d knocked on the door and if Elvis had come to the door because it wasn’t really Elvis I was goin’ to see,” Springsteen said. “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.”

Who knows what that meeting would have meant to Springsteen’s life and career.