Bruce Springsteen: The incredible moment Elvis Presley’s music ‘changed my life’

Bruce Springsteen reveals music helped his mental health

Bruce Springsteen is due to perform at President Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration today, which brings President Donald Trump’s reign to a close. The legendary rock star joins Fall Out Boy, Garth Brooks, and Justin Timberlake at the ceremony, among other artists in the legendary line-up to induct Biden into office. Springsteen is part of the elite performers now, but he was originally spurred on after seeing Elvis Presley perform when he was just a boy.

Springsteen himself has sold an incredible 150 million records, but remembers vividly the moment he saw his life changed when he first heard Elvis’ music.

It all began with one song in particular from the King of Rock n Roll – Hound Dog.

Elvis released Hound Dog in 1956, and proceeded to sell around 10 million copies of it globally.

Springsteen explained the incredible impact the iconic track for the first time at a young age: “When I heard it, it just shot straight through to my brain.”

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Springsteen went on to reveal how hearing the Tennessee crooner changed his life from then on.

He said: “I realised, suddenly, that there was more to life than what I’d been living.

“I was then in pursuit of something and there’d been a vision laid out before me.

“You were dealing with the pure thrust, the pure energy of the music itself.”

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Springsteen added: “I was so very young but it still hit me like a thunderbolt.”

The 71-year-old’s has never hidden how much he was influenced by Elvis, as he once explained how he first watched the star on The Ed Sullivan Show when he was seven-years-old.

Recalling the mind-blowing TV performance, the singer said: “I couldn’t imagine anyone not wanting to be Elvis Presley.”

The singer loved Elvis so much that he even once attempted to break into Graceland.

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After playing a show in Memphis, Springsteen went to Graceland in the dead of night, and saw a light on. Assuming it was the King “up late reading”, he hopped the wall and ran up the driveway.

He recalled: “I was filled with the enthusiasm of youth and ran up the driveway and I got to the front door and I was just about to knock, and guards came out of the woods and they asked me what I wanted.

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

His passion for the original King has served him well, as Springsteen has become as big a household name as his idol.

In the almost 60 years Springsteen has been performing, he has amassed a multitude of awards.

On top of two Golden Globes and 20 Grammy Awards, the Dancing in the Dark singer also won an Academy Award for his 1994 song Streets of Philadelphia.

2017 saw Springsteen hit the stage in New York with his 2017 slew of shows titled Springsteen on Broadway.

From November 2017 to December 2018 Springsteen performed some of his songs alongside some anecdotes from his autobiography.


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