Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
NY- HSBC Arena
1978 guitar sage
released his first Double Live LP titled “Night
later he would bring his six-string magic night after night to the
on the “Born
to Run” tour as part of
the “heart stopping, pants dropping, house
rocking, earth shaking, booty quaking, love making
Legendary” E –STREET- Band.
may scribe the legendary lyrics, it’s the
that is the driving force transcending
those songs to scripture with epic brilliance during their
celebrated 3 plus hour marathon concerts.
has been a
significant cog in the tightly knit
E STREET Band
those contributions barely scratch the surface of his illustrious
He began with
another band of legendary lore at the age of eighteen; playing
guitar & piano on the
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY
record “After the
LOFGREN is known by his peers
as a consummate professional who is constantly working on his
craft with over forty solo releases to his credit. Whether in the
studio or on the road LOFGREN
is the go to sessions sideman to Rock’s elite; his lofty
resume reads like a lexicon from the Rock ‘n” Roll Hall of Fame
including collaborating credits with artists like ROD STEWART,
BOB SEGER, RINGO STARR, STEPHEN STILLS, GRAHAM NASH, DAVID CROSBY,
LOU GRAMM, WILLIE NELSON, CARL PERKINS & JERRY
On Sunday Night the
BOSS & his E STREET
will roll into
for the last gig of the monumental “Working
On a Dream”
tour. They will close it out the tour where it all began by
performing songs from their first record
from Asbury Park, N.J.”
in its entirety for the first time in the bands history.
had the great fortune to catch up with
during the final week of the
I consider this my “Lucky
be able to speak with you;
is extremely excited about hosting the final show of this amazing
band is really excited too, we’re in
the best shape of our musical lives.
While we’re all
a little homesick its bittersweet to see a great band like this
have to stop workin’ it for the time being.
To make this evening even more memorable
will get to help
STEVEN VAN ZANDT
it’s actually on the day of the show, I’m certain we’ll have
something planned to embarrass him properly.
Talk about the rare six-string synergy you share with the
BOSS & LITTLE
both on stage & in
was great finally in 1999 to get
STEVEN back in the fold, not only
for his musicianship but the personality he adds to the band.
Most of all for me
voice; he and
BRUCE have this
Rough Rock duet thing going on that is only matched by MICK &
KEITH, having that sound & camaraderie back on
BRUCE & STEVE
played together on all the early records writing all the parts
with STEVE producing a lot of them, whatever guitars they have in
a song I just pick up on the next idea.
It’s a very organic
process, if they have parts of a song covered I’ll pick up the
acoustic guitar, or if
is focused on singing an intense duet I’ll cover the line & vice
We all work well
with others in a Rock Band setting, it’s been especially great
back in the studio on the last few records. Working again
together in New Jersey & Atlanta recording “The Rising”, “Magic”
and of course “Working on a Dream”, it’s like a big high school
To say the band is in the best shape of its career on every level
would be an understatement.
The relevance of the 3 aforementioned albums is exceptional; is it
the constant influx of new material that keeps the band driven to
perform at such a high level at this stage of your career?
just so grateful and impressed that
continues to challenge himself as a writer finding new heights to
take his music & this band.
As a group we all
benefit from his expertise as a songwriter; in particular on stage
there’s nothing that we can’t do or follow if he’s ready to sing
it and lead us.
It’s been really
fun to work on all these new songs we’ve never played together as
well as the covers we’ve been doing on this tour.
It’s funny we’ll
realize half way through a song that we forgot to figure out the
bridge of a song &
will just shout out instructions on the cuff; whatever it takes to
get through it we keep our focus on the soulfulness of the piece
and it always seems to work even with the ragged edges.
There has been so many historical moments during the “Working
On a Dream”
tour beginning with the phenomenal Super Bowl performance, tell us
about that amazing evening?
had been declining on the Halftime show since the “Born to Run”
It was a special
week for all of us I had my wife AMY with me so it was great to be
able to share the festivities with our families.
I had also recorded
the original Rock Music for the ALL-MADDEN teams CD called “Tough
Stuff” Best of the All-Madden Team”. JOHN was kind enough to lend
some of his football expressions inside the music, football fans
can check that out @ nilslofgren.com.
Of course for
BRUCE & the E
STREET BAND the
twelve minute performance was a remarkable experience to
participate in and culminated an extraordinary week for the band &
Another of the many highlights of the tour was the 5 sold out
shows that bid farewell to Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, a
place not to far from the corner of
& E Street
Delmar, New Jersey were it all began for
The BOSS & the E STREET BAND.
Are there plans
to release any of these amazing shows on DVD to share with the
fans that didn’t have the opportunity to attend those
always filming and taping our shows there might have been some
extra cameras at those particular shows.
At least from my
perspective, I don’t want to speak for
there’s never a commitment to release anything; the rule of thumb
has been to record it, look at if off the road at a calmer moment
and then decide if it has a use to be shared at a later date.
something that’s planned before we take the stage, as of right now
there are no plans to release anything; that being said there are
a number of great moments from this tour that have been recorded,
I guess we’ll see what happens with that when the dust settles.
I’m sure the
clan including your dog “Outlaw
is thrilled about the Yankees
winning the World Series.
Some might even
say your song “Yankee Stadium” may have been a good luck
charm as you helped say goodbye to the house that Ruth built.
we actually got to the first playoff game in the first round, it
was great to see them go all the way.
There’s a great
Steakhouse inside Yankee Stadium, their using the song on their
website and where kind enough to make a donation to the food bank
charity my wife AMY works with.
The song was
actually her idea, going back to the fond memories of growing up
in West Orange and going to the games taking in the unique aura
that is Yankee Stadium.
I wrote the song
through her eyes, she helped write the lyrics “Everyone is
Beautiful in Yankee Stadium” & we came up with a roaring three
minute Rocker that is available as a free download at
talk about your remarkable career and where it all began. In 2008
you paid homage to the music of
NEIL YOUNG &
with the critically acclaimed
disc titled “Loner”;
tell us what making that record meant to you.
I was fortunate enough to be able to work with
on the “After
the Gold Rush”
album when I was only 18 years old.
Subsequently I also
worked on the
Night” & “Trans”
albums and tours along with the MTV “Unplugged” performance in the
I Love the guy
we’ve had a lot of great adventures together; to make a long story
short I sang his songs live at home with a guitar & piano, no
production, no overdubbing basically just a performance piece.
When I finished I was so pleased with the raw emotion of the songs
I decided to
share it with our fans.
a multifaceted musician what’s your go to instrument when writing,
the guitar or piano?
write primarily from the guitar, although a few songs from my solo
written from an old beat up piano that belonged to my
father-in-law most notably “Frankie
have guitars set up in different rooms around the house; I’ll just
pick one up and start messing around.
Also, Thanks to
and being the swing man in the band I’m playing some Steel Pedal
and Bottleneck; the first song I ever wrote on the Bottleneck
Dobro was a duet with WILLIE NELSON called “In Your Hands” another
track from the “Sacred
was a Christmas gift for my wife AMY; not to mention being one of
the highlights of my career getting the chance to collaborate with
Not only have you shared your unique musical talents through the
amazing body of work in your storied career; you also offer
lessons at your website
surprisingly the lessons are more then affordable tell us about
that innovative concept?
getting started I checked with the local teachers and they were
charging $50-$60 bucks an hour so I decided that $20.00 a lesson
would be a really good deal.
The Beginners school
starts you off at zero there is free information about getting
yourself a guitar & tuning things like that.
lessons are for the people that for the last forty-one years have
come up to me and said I really want to play guitar but I have no
talent or rhythm. What I try to tell people just learning that
it’s not a race, you don’t need talent or rhythm to enjoy the gift
of music you just need a love of music.
More then anything
playing takes more effort then talent it’s
gymnastic for the hands. I’m trying to
take the fear & frustration out of playing because it can turn
people off pretty quickly.
You may practice
for months before you can play anything but that’s the deal, JIMI
HENDRIX had to do it, I still do it there is just no shortcuts.
We just posted the
Night” solo if
any Intermediate players want to learn that you can go from there
with those particular licks.
On a Dream”
tour comes to a close what’s in store for you on the solo front in
always have ideas flowing; but out of respect to myself as an
instrumentalist & singer and to
BRUCE as a bandleader & songwriter
I just completely immerse myself in the
E STREET BAND
and his body work, which I’m thrilled & inspired to do.
I will go back and
start writing for another solo record but there’s never a
timetable; I would certainly enjoy getting out sometime next year
and play some solo shows with my band.
my readers would lynch me if I didn’t inquire as to the future of
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET
has mentioned during numerous interviews
that he feels that this band is at the top of their game and he
loves his job, where does the band go from here after a well
deserved holiday break?
Yeah as a fan we all hope that this continues on; obviously we’re
all aware that were kind of a special Band with him out front and
were all very proud of that.
Just like at the
end of every tour we’re all so fried so there are really no plans
at this point.
The way I approach
it is to get home to the family take care of yourself & your
craft. Hopefully down the road God willing there’ll be another
chapter, but that’s something none of us can really know at this
Meanwhile I’ll just
keep on moving forward musically, if the
calls as always I’ll be ready.
to thank NILS LOFGREN
for pulling off
for a few minutes to speak with us.
We would also
like to Thank Jeff Albright of Rock Star PR for
hooking us up once again.
*********************PEACE & Harmonies*******************