Title - 'UK2015 Face The Music Tour'
Artist - Nils Lofgren
For those not in the know, although, in truth, you all should know, Nils Lofgren is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984, a former member of Crazy Horse, and founder/frontman of the band Grin. Indeed, to cap that all off, Lofgren was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.
And so, after a three year break from his traditional acoustic UK tours, Nils Lofgren headed back out to the UK - in the dead of Winter, no less - to perform some more shows for the British audiences. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta, Nils (along with his wife Amy), decided to record the last half of the tour. Optimistic it could lead to an album of live tracks to commemorate this wonderful UK run, they were right - to have done so, and that it does just that.
"Welcome," Nils gives thanks to the applause, as the new live album 'UK2015 Face The Music Tour opens, and soon he brings forth some of the most incredible, intricate, delicate guitar playing I truly think that I've ever heard before on 'Too Many Miles.' The faster-paced 'New Holes In Old Shoes' allows Nils to grunge down his vocals, before the slower storytelling of 'Lost A Number.' The talented jam fest of 'Walkin' Nerve' is a joy to behold, but then we learn all about the origins of the next track, 'Miss You "C".' Nils tells the story of how, after the passing of Clarence Clemons, the legendary saxophonist in the E Street Band, that he went down to his funeral in Florida, which led to a birthday dinner, that culminated in a healing event. Chock full of both laughter and tears, the track for Clarence has now become a staple for Nils - both on and off the stage.
Next up are the somber pairing of both 'Girl In Motion' and the Rod Stewart hit, 'I Don't Want To Talk About It,' but then he backs that up with the Mexicana vibe of 'Rusty Gun.' Nils then tells the story of how David Chase had listened to some of his music whilst writing the hit TV show, The Sopranos, and during the second season had asked Nils if they could use his dark country tune 'Black Books.' The rest, as they say, is history. That's followed by 'Goin' Back,' a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King back in 1966, and that's backed by the melodic pop of 'The Sun Hasn't Set.'
The acoustic finger-picking of 'Like Rain,' which Nils wrote when he was 17, back when life was such a mystery to him, is next, before the most up tempo, vibrant track on the live album comes to the fore in 'Mud In Your Eye.' The album then comes to a close with the brilliant storytelling of 'No Mercy,' before we finally get a quite simply stunning 'Shine Silently' ("Just another room. Just another town. Same old crazy people hanging around").
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