Nils Lofgren, live in London
Venue: Union Chapel, London
Legendary Springsteen sidekick discards trampoline and tap-dances
Looking half-street-punk, half-‘70s tramp in his battered top hat and waistcoat, Nils Lofgren may be the perennial sidekick, most famous for performing in the giant shadows of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, but he’s a more than adept frontman. On his first UK tour for several years, he's the consummate entertainer, singing and playing guitar and occasional piano, aided and abetted by fellow keyboardist and guitarist Greg Varlotta, regaling us with anecdotes from his 46 years in the game, even tap-dancing. The latter isn’t just unexpected - it's impressive from someone who, in 2008, had to have hip replacement surgery from years of playing basketball and back-flipping.