Secret's out as Guitar Guru Shows His Genius; MUSIC Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo/ Pacific Road Arts Centre

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Secret's out as Guitar Guru Shows His Genius; MUSIC Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo/ Pacific Road Arts Centre


Byline: Graham Bailey

MARIACHI trumpets, tap dancing and a guitar genius opening a gig with a harp solo - welcome to a night with Nils Lofgren ... and what a night.

The 59-year-old singer songwriter is touring England in his own right for the first time since 2006, after doing the rounds with Springsteen's E-Street Band.

During that time, Nils has been more used to playing packed arenas as the Boss's hired hand - but, in the more intimate surroundings of Birkenhead's Pacific Arts Centre, he delivered a stunning '-hour set. Proceedings got off to a gentle start with Nils on the harp, before quickly plugging in his guitar and moving into more familiar territory. Songs from Wonderland (Everybody Wants), Damaged Goods (Heaven Is Only Five Minutes From Hell) and Crooked Line (Blue Skies) followed, before a new tune, Miss You Ray, drew an excited buzz as Nils announced he had "a new batch of songs" for release in the autumn.

It was well received, but Nils then raised the roof with a blistering version of Girl In Motion - which featured a jaw-dropping six-minute solo that had the crowd spellbound. …

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