Nils Lofgren knows it’s only rock ’n’ roll, but he likes it.
Lofgren is the guitar-slingin’ frontman who has rocked as a sideman with some of the biggest acts in music, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. (In the 2014 video above, watch as he talks about feeling equally at home as part of a band or playing solo.) He’s just released a digital retrospective called “Bonus Tracks,” 39 rare recordings, special demos and lost-and found chestnuts that originally appeared on the out-of-print “Face the Music” box set.
He’s done it all, yet in 1973, Lofgren, a Chicago native who now lives on Scottsdale, Arizona, came close to another impressive featHe kind of almost joined the Rolling Stones. Mick Taylor had exited the group and everyone assumed Ronnie Wood would join, but initially, he didn’t. Lofgren and Wood were friends as Lofgren used to run with the Jeff Beck Group when Wood was in it.