Minimation: Nils Lofgren Bounces Into Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band

By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 2014, Nils Lofgren recalls his first tour as a member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and the trampoline that he brought on the tour with him. 

August 5 of this week marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s first stadium headlining tour; he was promoting his then-recent smash hit album, Born in the U.S.A. That tour, which began the year before in arenas, was the band’s first to feature guitarist Nils Lofgren, who replaced long time E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt.

Related: Watch Bruce Springsteen Join U2 on Stage at MSG

Nils was, and still is, a respected solo artist in his own right, and as a bandleader he knew a thing or two about entertaining a crowd. He was also one of the more athletic rock stars. And so it was that he suggested to his new boss that he take his trampoline on the road with the E Street Band, and perform a flip while playing guitar during the show.




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