This Day In Rock 21.06.2016
American rock musician Nils Lofgren turns 65 today!
Nils Hilmer Lofgren was born in Chicago in June 21, 1951 to an Italian mother and a Swedish father. first instrument was classical accordion, which he studied seriously for ten years, starting at 5. After studying classical music and jazz, Nils switched his emphasis to rock music, and focused on the piano and the guitar. In 1968, Lofgren formed the band Grin. During this time, Lofgren met Neil Young and played for him, joining his band at age 19 playing piano and guitar on the album 'After the Gold Rush'. In 1974 Grin disbanded.
Grin - White Lies
In 1975, Lofgren's eponymous debut solo album was a success with critics. Subsequent albums did not always garner critical favor
Nils Lofgren – I Came to Dance (from I Came to Dance, 1977)
In 1984, he joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as the replacement for Steven Van Zandt on guitar and vocals, in time for Springsteen's massive Born in the U.S.A. Tour.
In the early 1990s, during the hiatus of the E Street Band, Lofgren performed with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and released a number of well-received albums under his own name (including Silver Lining, which featured a duet with Springsteen on 'Valentine').
Lofgren and Van Zandt rejoined when Springsteen revived the E Street Band in 1999 for their Reunion Tour and the following ones. Lofgren continues to record and to tour as a solo act, with Patti Scialfa, with Neil Young, and as a two-time member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.
In August 2014, a box set, Face the Music, was released on the Fantasy label. The career-spanning retrospective contains nine CD's and a DVD covering 45 years.
Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.
Currently Nils Lofgren is touring the world with the E Street Band for Bruce Springsteen's the 'River Tour'.