Nils Lofgren Newcastle City Hall 1979

Nils Lofgren Newcastle City Hall 1979
nilstix79 The last time I attended a Nils Lofgren concert at Newcastle City Hall was in September 1979. I have seen Nils since, as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band, but this was the last time I saw him in concert as a solo artist. Support came from Live Wire, a London pub rock band led by guitarist/vocalist Mike Edwards. Their music resembled Kilburn and the High Roads, or early Dire Straits. The tour was in support of Lofgren’s sixth solo album, simply called “Nils”. nilsprog79 The strongest memory that I have of Nils concerts, is of Nils and his stage antics which were quite theatrical at the time and included a trampoline. For some crazy reason he had taken to having the trampoline on stage so that he could do body flips, while playing his guitar, ay various points in the show. He was obviously a pretty fit guy, but I remember thinking that it was a pretty bizarre thing to do. The trampoline gimmick stayed with Nils during his early days with Bruce and the E Street band. I’m not sure when he stopped using it, but I am pretty sure that he hasn’t done so in the recent Springsteen concerts that I have attended.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by abitoftap on September 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    i was going to comment on your previous Lofgren entry..the Tom Petty one. I saw that tour in Liverpool at the Empire and Lofgren had the trampoline thing then. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were crammed together in the middle of the stage for their set in a try not to let the support outdo the headliner effort. It failed. Lofgren had the razzle dazzle but not the crowd! There were people drifting off from the start of his set.
    Incidentally, The Heartbreakers (as in Johnny Thunder), well at least their manager (Lee Black Childers?), were very sure they were The and not and The….I was harangued by him outside Erics for getting it wrong….


  2. Posted by David Atkinson on September 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Johnny Thunders wasn’t in Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

    Nils Lofgren stopped the trampoline thing when his hips gave up and he had a replacement. After joining the E.St.Band on the ’85 ‘Born in the USA’ tour, I don’t he ever did the flip except of course, on his solo ‘Flip’ tour sometime in the same decade (I can’t remember precisely)


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