What do Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Ringo Starr have in common?
Well, in addition to being notable members of the Rock‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, all three of the legendary artists have counted singer-guitarist Nils Lofgren as a seminal member of their band.
Now, Orange County residents have a rare chance to see one of rock’s most talented singer-guitarists when he performs an intimate solo acoustic show at the Coach House on Tuesday night, July 18.
Lofgren is on tour in support of his latest CD, “Sacred Weapon.” The newly-released disc features a dozen of Lofgren’s original songs, and features guest appearances by Willie Nelson (on the wonderful “In Your Hands”), David Crosby and Graham Nash (their beautiful harmonies are on display across the rocking “Frankie Hang On”), as well as Margo Reed, Martin Sexton, Bob Berberich and Mary Ann Redmond.
Lofgren, 54, comes to the Coach House on the heels of a two standout guest stints in June. He began the month by being invited to come on stage and perform with Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band when the ensemble came to Phoenix on June 3, and then on June 11 Lofgren performed at the Key Club in Cabazon with singer Paul Rodgers (Queen, Free, Bad Company), playing guitar on “Rock and Roll Fantasy,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” and other songs.
Lofgren got his first commercial break in 1970 when the then 17-year-old unknown was invited to play piano on Young’s seminal “After the Gold Rush” album. Lofgren is also a long-time member of Springsteen’s famed E Street Band, having replaced Little Stevie Van Zandt in 1984. He has continued to play with Springsteen, and toured as part of drummer Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in 1989. In addition to the recentlyreleased gem “Sacred Weapon,” Lofgren’s catalog of excellent solo releases includes 1991’s “Silver Lining,” 1992’s “Crooked Line” and 2001’s “Breakaway Angel.”
Nils Lofgren, Marcus Eaton and Los Angeles’ excellent roots rockers the Blooms will perform at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, SJC, at 8 p.m. on July 18. Admission is $20. Information: 949-496-8930.