Elle King On Seeing Bruce Springsteen Live: 'I Would Lose My Mind'

Elle King
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Elle King performs onstage during 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015 at The Forum on Dec. 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

After starting the week with two Grammy nominations for best rock song and best rock performance, Elle King is on an understandable adrenaline high following her performance at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Xmas. Standing in the hallways of the Forum backstage she is standing under a large photo of Bruce Springsteen telling the interviewer preceding Billboard how she always wanted Springsteen to sweat on her.

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When Billboard starts our conversation with King pointing out that just this week Springsteen, who King has never seen live, announced a tour for 2016 she starts screaming. “Oh my god, I would lose my mind,” she exclaims. “I’ve cried at three shows in my life. I think I would cry and get a major girl boner.”

Of course we have to ask King who were the artists that elicited so much emotion from her live? “Someone named Kishi Bashi, I baked him a pie, he’s amazing, he’s a violinist and he makes some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard, truly moved me. My first instrument was violin,” she says. “Paul McCartney, tripping on acid at Lollapalooza, and Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, those are my three cries.”

Having never seen McCartney while tripping on acid the obvious follow up question is what is the best McCartney song to trip acid to? “’Helter Skelter,’” she says before quickly changing her response. “That’s unfair. That’s the song I dream of giving someone a blow job to for some weird reason.”

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When people down the hall start cracking up at King’s very engaging and unfiltered talk she smiles, “Can people hear me talking?” But that doesn’t inhibit King who explains why she had to break up with an ex who wasn’t sharing her love of the Beatles’ “White Album.”

“My ex-boyfriend, I said to him, ‘I can’t stop listening to the White Album, it’s the greatest album fucking ever made, let me give you a blow job listening to it.’ And he’s like, ‘Not into it,’” she recalls. “It was like, ‘Fine, next, we’re breaking up.’ But I don’t know, there are too many to fucking name. I sing ‘Oh! Darling’ every night of my life and it’s one of my all-time favorite songs ever.”

If King were invited to perform at the Grammys this year or in the future McCartney would be one of her dream collaborators. “I would say my dream female collaboration is Dolly Parton, I’d do ‘9 to 5,’” she says. “Then there are a lot [of men] but I think I would literally give all parts of my body to sing ‘Oh Darling’ with Paul McCartney.” 


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