Nils Lofgren on E Street Band's future: 'Life is not a guarantee'
This is a big year for Bruce Springsteen. The Boss turns 60 (Sept. 23), his Born in the USA album turns 25 and he and his friends with the E Street Band are near the end of two-year-long tour that brings them to Tampa this Saturday.
Rumors out there say this could also be the last tour for the E-Streeters, or at least Clarence Clemons and Max Weinberg.
Hang on there. Guitarist Nils Lofgren, whose has toured with both Springsteen and Neil Young over his long career, wants a word with you rumor-mongers first.
"Life is not a guarantee. I will say we’re in the best stage of our lives musically," Lofgren told Stuck in the '80s this week. "Offstage, it’s like a fricking MASH unit with heating pads, ice packs. But onstage, we’re really kicking it hard. Rather than worry about the future, I’d buy a ticket for one of these remaining shows because we’re really on fire."
What else was on Lofgren's mind? You can listen to the whole audio interview right here. But here are some highlights:
ON THE (THUNDER) ROAD AGAIN: "This month is 41 years on the road for me. It’s a little scary. When I hit the road when I was 17 in 1968, I never would have been this greedy to think 41 years later I’d be on the road with a band like this."
BRUCE vs. NEIL YOUNG: "I think the commonality is that they’re the two greatest writers we have on the planet. They’re both still inspired performers. They both like to do loose, reckless shows. But in general, they’re really hands-off. If they pick you to play with them, it’s usually because they trust your instincts. That’s the point of having a great band."
JOINING THE E STREET BAND BEFORE BORN IN THE USA TOUR: "It was a pretty ass on fire thing. This was four weeks before opening night of the the Born in the USA tour. I was so challenged to get so much done. It was 20 shows on the road before I really felt comfortable."
MORE 'BORN' TUNES THIS TOUR? "Not intentionally. Actually, for the first time in years, we started doing Born in the USA a couple times, which is an incredible piece. What does that say about your body of work when you get away with doing two years on the road and never playing Born in the USA? That says volumes about the song list Bruce has to choose from."
Stay tuned for our full "Bruce in the '80s" podcast next week.