Nils Lofgren Newcastle City Hall 1976

Nils Lofgren Newcastle City Hall 1976
nilstix76 Nils Lofgren had a serious pedigree when he appeared on the scene as a solo artist in 1976. This guy had played with Neil Young on After the Goldrush, he’d been a member of Crazy Horse, and fronted his own ban Grin. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I went to see him in 1976. I’d seen Springsteen for the first time the year before, and I thought that Nils could be of a similar musical bent, with the added attraction of his excellent guitar playing. Nils had just released his second solo album “Cry Tough”. The set featured songs from his first two records. nilsprog76 I remember the song “Cry Tough” itself, a great version of Goffin and King’s “Going Back” and my own favourite, which was “Keith Don’t Go” a song about the stones’ Keith Richards and his drug bust in Toronto. Nils would wear bright Hawaiian style shirts and scarfs would be hanging from the head of his guitar. I went to see Nils a few times over those years in the late 70s, my mates and I were quite into him at the time. Support on the 1976 tour was a British band called Unicorn, whose music was reminiscent of  Buffalo Springfiled, The Byrds, Poco, The Eagles and many other Country Rock bands of the 70. They  released four albums with the help of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on September 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I was at this concert. I recall the City Hall only being three quarters full.

    Set list was – Cry Tough, Its Not A Crime, Keith Don’t Go, Goin’ Back, Share A Little, Jail Bait, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Like Rain, Beggars Day, Take You To The Movies, Back It Up.
    Encores: Rock ‘N’ Roll Crook, You’re The Weight.

    Lofgren was back at a packed City Hall twelve months later where the support band were as good as the main act – but you’re probably going to blog about that one tomorrow ?


  2. Posted by vintagerock on September 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I am indeed Mitch going to write about Tom Petty tomorrow 🙂 Many thanks Peter


  3. Reblogged this on Android VB.


  4. I saw the Bristol Colston Hall gig on the same tour. ‘Keith Don’t Go’ the most memorable song.


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