You're wrong. He clearly plays the E on the 3rd line. Sorry. Watched it about 10 times now - and went through this same argument about 15 years ago (from YOUR side) and it was proven to ME at the time. LISTEN.
He plays the A with 3 fingers as the "passing chord". He uses 1 finger at the beginning of the song, so he can play the riff. That is proper form on playing an open A. Take a guitar lesson. You'll find I'm right.
I will have this argument all day on this song. LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN. There are 2 distinctly different chords on those 2 lines. The first is an A, the second is an E. You can ask Dozin to ask Bob or whatever you wanna do. I hate to sound like a prick-know-it-all, but in THIS case...I'm 100% correct.
I listened (and watched)....
It's a A7/E anyway you slice it. Like I said, Jerry's walking down from the F#m. He uses the D string as he moves down.
But like Waldo said, he plays this with his fingers mostly, and as such, he comes off with some bizzare pinching from his right hand to get all those strings ringing.
The notes are: F#, E, D, D#
The chords are: F#m, A7/E, D7, D#dim
It's no problem man. You're not a prick. And I certainly don't mean to come off as a know it all. I've learned this stuff the hard way. Trial and error. Kindly being corrected by others that play. People can play it any way they dig it. You're just not allowing yourself to hear the chord structure that supports that E note.
After watching and listening to the vids, it's even more clear because you can hear that open G string in the middle of the A7 ringing out as Jer pinches it. God! he's twangy!
Just for reference I watched the 4/77 Capitol Theater, and the 89' Shoreline......