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Lofgren's Springsteen struggle

Nils Lofgren has recalled how he had to switch off his guitar during his early days with the E Street Band because he was struggling to keep up with his colleagues.

He’ll mark 30 years with Bruce Springsteen’s outfit in June this year – but he’s recalled his first-ever appearance made him feel like he was a “deer in the headlights.”

Lofgren tells Rolling Stone: “I was on the front line with Bruce, and I learned early on he likes to improv a lot; call you over and have you sing over there instead. The main thing I learned is you have to watch him.

“It took me about 20 shows to get to the level of comfort, not for lack of help from Bruce and the band. My main chore was integrating 60 or 80 songs into my psyche.

“I have myself permission to turn off my guitar and play air guitar if I blanked – but you’ve got two of the greatest keyboard players in the world and you’ve got Bruce, so the song’s going to roar on.”

Lofgren releases a 10-disc retrospective set entitled Face The Music at the end of May.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.