March 18, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Hope you're all in good health and spirits. Grateful to be home after a great 6 week run of shows for wonderful audiences. Amy and Dylan joined us the last two weeks and that made it even better.

Gearing up now for 6 week run in the States with E Street. I'm excited about that as it's been a while.

Finally, after 15 months of hard work with Fantasy/Concord Records, the massive, 10 disc, 189 tracks box set "Face The Music" is close to completion. Amy and Omar helped with production all along the way. It's been a hell of a complex journey but well worth it. Dave Marsh wrote a great forward, and helped me edit my 136 page story booklet, explaining the journey from the beginning. Lot's of great, color pics and posters, etc. with big contributions from our friend and collector, Steve Smolen.

As always, big contributions from Linda and Dick Bangham who also authored and assembled the DVD collection. (10th disc)

I'll have lots more info soon but that's the overview and I'm so grateful this box set will be available soon. (I hope in May sometime, still not positive, but soon!)

Meanwhile, thank you all for the continued support and interest. We are all so grateful.

Peace and Believe,  Nils

(Pre-order is available now at Amazon.com)

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Dec 4, 2013

Hello everyone -We’re now offering a complete package of either 14 Beginners Guitar Lessons or 10 Intermediate Lessons at a 20% discount for each package. Gift vouchers are available if you want to give them for the holidays, just email lessons@nilslofgren.com for information. Thanks and Happy Holidays! - Nils

Nov 26, 2013

Hello everyone -

Recently I played in a fabulous house band at the Rock and  Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert to the Rolling Stones, on October 26th.
I did my own version of a favorite, "Play With Fire" and here is my original demo I sent out to the band.
    It's primitive but has a good feel and I wanted to share it with you all.

Peace and Believe, Nils

LISTEN TO "PLAY WITH FIRE"


Oct 30, 2013

      Hello everyone, hope you're all in good health and spirits. Amy and I are just back from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stones Tribute Concert in Cleveland. I played in the fabulous house band backing up a great variety of wonderful singers. We had a truly fabulous time. Playing all those great Stones songs with a band of stellar musicians like that was beautiful.

Home now to lay low for a bit - I hope, and be a help and member of my family again after 20 great months on the road with the E Street Band. I'll also start contemplating my next solo project, whatever that may be.

Of course, I'm excited about the upcoming February run with E Street as well.

We hope to have more details on the box set project soon. It's massive and I'm excited about it.

Thanks to all for continuing to spread the word on the Guitar School Lessons, Blind Date Jam and the website in general.  Much appreciated.

Peace and Believe,  Nils

Footnote:

It brought great sadness to hear of Lou Reed's passing. What a passionate, brilliant writer and artist Lou was. It was a great honor and surprise to hit it off with Lou and wind up co-writing 13 songs together.

We had a great evening at his N.Y. apartment, discussing a co-writing plan while enjoying a Redskins vs Cowboys, NFL game. Lou was a big football fan which was one of many, wonderful surprises. What a gifted, intelligent, lovely man he was.

God bless and keep you Lou. You'll be missed by the planet. Certainly by me.

Love and prayers to you and family. Rest in Peace, Nils and Amy

Listen to "LIFE" written by Nils Lofgren and Lou Reed, saxophone Branford Marsalis. From the "Damaged Goods" CD.

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August 4, 2013

      Hello everyone, hope you're all in good health and spirits. Have returned home with Amy after our amazing, E Street summer of shows in Europe. We're all so grateful for the wonderful crowds in every country who made the shows so special.  Thank you one and all.
      Of course, we're thrilled to be home again. I'm also glad there's more shows ahead in September.
      Thanks for all your continued help in spreading the word about my music, guitar lessons and cool T-shirts Amy designed that I've seen many of you wearing through twitter pictures and on the road. Much appreciated! 
      A reminder to you guitar players, the "Youngstown" and "Because The Night" solos are available in lesson form at the Intermediate Guitar School for download. Please spread the word. (and check out the other lessons)
     On another note, we've been working towards a 45 year retrospective box set of all my recordings going back to Grin and up through present with Fantasy Records. It's a massive project that we hope will be available next year at some point.
     It's shaping up to be a 10 disc project. 7 CD's of highlights of all released recordings from Grin through latest Old School release. Two CD's of bonus tracks, downloads, great demos and unreleased music through the years. And one DVD featuring live performances.
     Amy's assisting in the artwork and layout as we accumulate old photos, artwork, etc., and my dear friend and writer extraordinaire Dave Marsh is working on the liner notes and history with me. Our good friend Steve Smolen is lending us some great posters, tickets, records, paraphernalia, advice, etc. toward the packaging as well.  What a project!  Hard to believe it could actually happen as so much of my old music is out of print, but Fantasy seems confident they'll make it all work.
      Anyway, we'll keep you all posted. Thanks for the continued support and help.
      I certainly hope to get out and play some of my own shows next year, once the Wrecking Ball tour is complete.     
      Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and Big Thanks from me and Amy for all the support and this amazing summer.

                 Peace and Believe,  Nils

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"DREAM BIG" OFFICIAL VIDEO

"MISS YOU RAY" VIDEO


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May 4, 2011 - BLIND DATE JAM!

   Now on to a brand new musical project we're ready to share with you. I've had this idea for a few years and have finally gotten around to trying it.  Let me attempt to explain it. Over the last 42 years, I've been involved with many different musical productions for TV , video, and film. Traditionally and appropriately there is always a great degree of organization, rehearsal, preparation and pre-production detail that goes into these endeavors. All of us continue to enjoy a well crafted live, musical performance on TV, video, film, etc.. During the rehearsals for these musical productions there are inevitable breaks and down time while technical issues are sorted out. Often these require the musicians to stay put on the set, instruments in hand and wait. Occasionally one of the players will start a cool, off the cuff riff and others will join in, in an impromptu  jam session that can be quite inspired. Of course, the audience never hears or sees this. Not burdened with arrangements, beginnings, ends or any type of required structure, these jams can be inspired, free, reckless and fun. A few years ago I was in a fantastic band that Patti Scialfa had put together to do some live TV show performances. We were promoting a great album of Patti's songs that we had recorded with her. I was playing some B-3 organ which was big fun for me. Along with Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Mark Stewart and Cliff Carter, all fabulous musicians, we seemed to be quietly jamming a lot on TV sets while waiting for the next run-through. I was thrilled to be a part of such impromptu, special musical moments and it reminded me of many other moments like these, gone un-recorded and never shared.  I kept thinking in the back of my mind that music fans would enjoy seeing this kind of interaction amongst great players. 
       So I started planning the "Blind Date Jam" sessions in the back of my mind.  Where players get together with no rehearsal, no plan, no pre-production, and challenge themselves to jam on the spot and rely on years of musical experience and instinct to create something special.  Just show up with your instruments, no plan but to improvise inspired music with friends for a couple hours, play free with no rules but to be your creative self, enjoy and express your musical gifts and go home. Not all musicians are comfortable with that type of jamming but I know many who are, including me.
     So, I finally got it together to start this "Blind Date Jam" project out in our home garage studio in Arizona. I did some demos years ago with Mike Smith who is an extraordinary musician and has remained a good friend. Mike's pedal steel playing is magnificent. During these old demo sessions I had challenged some local players to learn and play some new songs quickly (which they all did well)  and it seemed like Mike might enjoy the "Blind Date Jam" format. We discussed it in advance of course and he seemed open and excited about it. The "no homework or rehearsal" aspect of it is bound to appeal to almost any musician, myself included! Anyway, I put a team of friends together to do a basic home recording and video taping of two impromptu hours of jamming with Mike. Jamie Weddle and John Ramirez handled the recording and Tony Hartman did a three camera shoot and the digital editing to put it all together with Jamie's mixes. I bounce between acoustic, piano, electric and singing while Mike jams along on his pedal steel.  I had hoped to get 40 to 50 minutes of inspired playing and interaction to present to you, the audience.  Turns out we got an hour and 20 minutes of what I think is inspired, impromptu musical jamming that represents the concept as I've explained it.
      You'll see me presenting ideas on the spot to Mike, talking through the chords briefly and launching in to each piece. It's primitive, rough and inspired jamming that I feel and hope you as music fans will enjoy. I hope some of you decide to check it out. I'm very proud of this first, "Blind Date Jam" session and hope it leads to more of them. If you try it and enjoy it, please spread the word for us as this is an extremely grass roots, homegrown endeavor.  Thanks again to Mike Smith, Tony Hartman, Jamie Weddle, John Ramirez and Dick and Linda Bangham for their great help in getting this idea from my musical mind to our website to share.

CHECK OUT THE FIRST BLIND DATE JAM SESSION HERE 

         Peace and Believe. -  Nils  

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NILS UK 2005 TOUR VIDEO DIARY
Nils' videotaped a bit of the UK fall '05 tour--
thanks to guitar tech Roy Witte -- here's two installments!

TOUR VIDEO PART 1

TOUR VIDEO PART 2

(your browser must support Quicktime to view)



Follow the link to a few pages of
Chord Charts written by Nils
in response to some of the Digest requests!


Click on this link to view an illustration
of Nil's current Guitar Rig set up
courtesy of Guitar Tech Roy Witte



Nils and Steven Van Zandt with Paul Rodgers,
founder of of "Bad Company" and formerly "Free"
while touring in Canada (above)

For info on Paul visit his website:
www.PaulRodgers.com



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Sept. 2005:

Greetings Nils Fans,
I am extremely happy to announce that the 'TRIBUTE TO NILS LOFGREN' DVD is available! to order at www.bandhousegigs.com

The Tribute to Nils was an unforgettable concert held at Strathmore, on August 22, 2004, and was attended by more than 5,000 fans. The DVD runs about 3 & 1/2 hours & features an 11 song (full band) set from Nils and includes the long awaited Grin reunion with Bob Berberich and Tom Lofgren along with Bob Gordons son, Billy on bass. There are terrific performances from Mary Ann Redmond, Tommy Lepson, Tommy Keene, Martha Hull, The Lofgren Brothers, Bobby Manriquez, Eric Ambel, Tom Lofgren,Tom Miller, Julie Sanderson, Bob Berberich, Rocky Roberts and Eric Brace all backed by various Nils band mates including Buck Brown, Timm Biery, Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter, Mike Zack, Louie Newmyer, Chuck Sullivan, and myself. The show also featured one of the final performances by the late, great Wade Matthews.

At Nils request, dvd sales proceeds (after production expenses) will be donated to Hungry For Music, a wonderful D.C. based 501C organization that donates instruments and provides music education programs to children and schools that cannot afford them. It is a very worthy cause, near and dear to Nils and all of the performers who have agreed to its support, via dvd sales. We are forever grateful to all of the musicians for theirkindness & generosity

The show was filmed by John Collins and Happy Medium Productions, mixed by Tom Lofgren and recorded on 24 tracks by John Penovich.

Boomer, Jeremy and the rest of Nils crew made the whole show possible by donating their time and expertise to allow us to produce such a complicated show with band lineups changing on virtually every song.

The dvd, like the show, reflects the tremendous love and respect that performers and fans alike, have for Nils and his music. We are very pleased and proud to finally have this show on dvd and hope everyone will have as much fun seeing it as we had putting it together.

Thanks
Ronnie Newmyer & BANDHOUSE GIGS