Thanks a lot.
Stump Monroe finally got to hear the Madison 1977 Soundboard after 33 years (thanks to Rock Legend and others).
I spent well over two hours talking with the man... a really nice guy.
Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview:
Jerome "Stump" Monroe was the drummer for The Sweet Inspirations, and toured with Elvis from the first 1969 Las Vegas concerts through to the very end in 1977.
When regular drummer Ronnie Tutt was ill or absent, 'Stump' stood in as the replacement with the TCB Band three times over those years. 'Stump' Monroe played with Elvis in Philadelphia in 1971, Las Vegas December 1975 and finally in Madison on June 24th 1977. The Madison concert would be Elvis' third last performance, the soundboard of which has just been discovered and released on the box-set The Final Curtain.
This means that Stump has finally got to hear the Madison 1977 concert that he played on for the first time in 33 years!
Jerome 'Stump' Monroe is a charming, down-to-earth man who despite having played over 1,000 concerts with The Elvis Presley Show considers himself as no one special!
A great guy - go here for the full interview
Last edited by PiersEIN; 02-10-2011 at 01:58 PM.
Thanks a lot.
I dream a world where man no other man
will scorn. Where LOVE will bless the earth
and peace its paths adorn...
Good interview, Piers. Thanks !! I liked when he too tried to clear all the silliness up on the "prejudice thing. "It seems there's always some that like to try and cause trouble where none exists.
Stump: No, you know, if you don’t keep your mind open to everything and learn from everyone you run into, you don’t grow in the world – you stay just a certain way.
I’m a black man coming from Washington DC, I had to deal with people from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and everybody in that show. I’m not lying to you everybody in that show got along with each other – everybody in that show got along –[/U] and all from different places.
EIN: In the past, some of the tabloids have always been trying to do the ‘Elvis was a Racist’ story or some sort of crap like that.
Stump: That man Elvis, how could he be a racist? If he was a racist he wouldn’t be eating black people’s food, have a black person cooking for him. Nor would he have had black people on his concerts first of all, because he would have had to think about what the prejudiced people might have thought about the show. Elvis was down to earth, in fact I almost got beaten up on the tour because some black guys wanted to jump on me coz I was working with Elvis!
EIN: Is that true?
Stump: That’s true man. I looked at them like they was crazy! People are so ignorant for some reason – just look around at what this man did – Elvis didn’t have to have The Sweet Inspirations in his show – he could have got anybody he wanted – he didn’t have to have me play drums in his show – could have got anybody he wanted!