Mike Eder wrote:He wasn't there. It's an old rumor that somehow still goes around.
This is where the so called rumor comes from. It has been assumed that because Dylan and Lennon were in New York during that time, that they could not have possibly been unaware
of Elvis MSG's concerts, since they were first advertised in the New York Times. It was also known, to anyone who ever knew the Lennons, that Yoko Ono could not stand Lennon's obsession with everything Elvis. Because Lennon knew of Dylans's penchant for Elvis, it was then agreed, between the two, to get those 2 tickets behind Yoko Ono's back, and on top of that, to go to the Garden wearing incognitos clothing.
Moreover, John then asked Dylan not to ever mention their doing that to anyone. Makes sense, for it is not only a childish attidude (Lennon was seen in New York a lot, in parks, etc, during that time, but never wearing anything but normal clothing), but it is a cowardly one, too (Yoko ruled, so John could not tell her that, after all, he'd go to the concert, just as George Harrison did). To this date, Dylan has kept his promise.
The problem arose as a result of a couple who sat next to where Lennon and Dylan were ostensibly seating. They found them quite familiar (this was during the concert, but they thought of nothing other than just keep seeing Elvis perform). Moreover, it was their weird appearance that made the couple to later, much later ( as they were ALL leaving the concert), to be interested in what they would say. And what they heard was and I quote, "Man, Elvis was awesome!!", with the other replying, "Yeah, It's an atomic bomb"" Unquote.
This has happened to every person who's ever gone to a movie theatre, or a concert. No one can deny it. No one. First, your attention is drawn, like a magnet, by another moviegoer, or concertgoer, as you leave the premises. He, or she, or the two together, is, or are different, they act differently, wearing something out of the ordinary, whatever. In these cases, 100 out of 100 people would, whether they like it or not, hear what that person, or couple, or whatever, would say especially if you are next to that person, or persons.
Now, Dylan once mentioned seeing Elvis in Las Vegas, to a friend, explaining the matter of his writing "Went to see the gypsie", which as everyone knows, was recorded much before the MSG date. In 2009, he said he never met him, because he didn't want to meet him, which is an altogether different thing than seeing
or not seeing him.
perform. Out of the 2000 rock stars, aspiring or otherwise, who ever saw Elvis live, only 10 percent actually met him, either privately, or after a concert, so even if Dylan insists, to his dying day, that he never met him
, his not seeing perform has nothing to do with it. I say, he either saw him prior to 1970, it has to be Vegas (saw his show there, I repeat, not met him, as no other date fits), or saw his show with John at MSG, but can't tell it).
Dylan never met Elvis, and his excuse for not meeting him, and comparison to what the Beatles had to go through, which he wouldn't (LOL) is pitiful. Just ask Robert Plant, who saw one of his 1969 shows, in Vegas, then saw him in NYC, at MSG in 1972, but only "met" him after seing him at the LA, Forum, at a hotel in 1974.