Nils Lofgren, guitarman to the stars, also shines solo

Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:47am EST
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By Angus MacSwan

LONDON (Reuters) - After 26 grueling months on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing stadiums across the globe, guitar man Nils Lofgren deserves to put his feet up until the phone rings again.

But the irrepressible Lofgren is already back on the road, treating his loyal fans to his own music in intimate venues.

"It was fabulous of course. But I do want to do my show again and now I'm doing that," Lofgren told Reuters.

"It's been something I've done simultaneously with being in other great bands really the whole of these 46 years, starting when I was 17 with 'After the Goldrush'."

It was Neil Young's classic album that first brought the teenaged Lofgren's name to attention, playing piano and guitar after he had introduced himself to the Canadian at a show.

His own debut album in 1975 was highly rated and he enjoyed the occasional hit over the years. But his reputation as one of the hottest players around led him to join the E Street Band in 1984 for the "Born in the USA" tour as a replacement for Steve Van Zandt. He's been with them ever since.

He's also collaborated with other artists, ranging from Ringo Starr and Lou Reed to Branford Marsalis.


E-Street Band member Nils Lofgren performs at a concert with Bruce Springsteen (unseen) in Stockholm in this May 3, 2013 file photo.  REUTERS/Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix Sweden/Files