Did Elvis Presley’s Mother Play a Role in His Demise? Bono and Priscilla Presley Offer Their Opinions
Bono of U2 wrote an article about Elvis Presley’s decline in his later years. He said that Elvis Presley’s girlfriend, Gladys Presley, was involved. Here’s what he had to say, as well as what Priscilla Presley had to say in her book about the “Heartbreak Hotel” singer’s relationship with his mother.
What Bono thought of Elvis Presley, his girlfriend, and his demise
The list of the greatest artists of all time was published by Rolling Stone. Elvis was ranked third on the chart, behind Bob Dylan at number two and The Beatles at number one. For the chart, Bono wrote an article on the ups and downs of his life as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Bono, like many others who have debated Elvis Presley’s life, thought the singer’s life was tragic.
“Some critics believe it was the Army that broke his heart, while others say it was Hollywood or Las Vegas,” Bono said. “Seeing their King do as he was told did not go well with the rock & roll world. I believe it was much more likely his marriage or his mother — or a finer fracture from earlier in his life, such as the birth of his twin brother, Jesse. Maybe it was just the weight of celebrity on his shoulders.”
Harry Styles once spoke about his connection to Elvis Presley’s music and how he felt when he lost the position of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Despite this, Bono believed Elvis’ problems resulted in some excellent songs. “I believe the Vegas era is underappreciated. It’s the most emotional for me. By that point Elvis was clearly not in control of his own life, and there is this incredible pathos. The big opera voice of the later years — that’s the one that really hurts me.” Bono provocatively ended his essay with the question “Why is it that we want our idols to… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.