10 Songs that Best Showcase Nils Lofgren's Sideman Skills

Categories: Classic Rock

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Photo by Gijsbert Hankeroot, courtesy Nils Lofgren
Nils Lofgren performs with Neil Young.
In this week's cover story, we speak with Phoenix-based guitarist Nils Lofgren about his new collection, Face the Music, which documents 45 years of Lofgren's solo work. But his work as a sideman with some of the biggest songwriters in music history -- including Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, and more -- has been essential to his journey.

Here are ten select cuts that showcase Lofgren's singular touch.

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Alice Cooper: Our Christmas Is More Ozzie Nelson Than Ozzy Osbourne

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Alice Cooper wishes you a very metal Christmas.
From blasting "Schools Out" during my teenage wasteland days to jamming out to the chugging guitar in "Under My Wheels" in my office, Alice Cooper has always played a prominent position in my heavy metal playlist.

Not only did he help shape the sound and look of heavy metal with his horror and vaudeville imagery as rock and roll's first villain. By the time Cooper was 18, it was the sexual revolution and Vietnam, and the band's best friends were The Mothers of Invention, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.

He toured with Pink Floyd and once awoke to find Syd Barrett staring at a box of corn flakes like he was watching television, laughing, to which the shock-rocker comments: "He was a paranoid schizophrenic. Add acid to the mix and you get a much deeper problem."


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10 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Who Never Topped Their First Album

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Sometimes it just takes one album.
I was watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the other day. I usually don't watch a lot of made-for-TV rock and roll stuff, mainly because they try to be everything to everybody, but I couldn't resist tuning in to watch the RRHOF rectify the biggest of many head-shaking omissions from the list of inductees: Rush.

Being a Rush fan, I had to get that out of the way. But that's not the subject of this post (I'm pretty sure this isn't the way my Comp 101 teacher told me to set things up, but what the fuck). The subject is: 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Who Never Topped Their Debut Album. (There ya go, teach.) Now let's talk about it.

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Who Decides What Rock Is "Classic Rock?"

Categories: Classic Rock

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Are you prepared to get the Led out? Again? Again? Again?
Not everyone has the luxury of having an auxiliary jack in their car stereo. With the amount of leaks, holes, and weird noises coming from my engine, I'm lucky my beat-up truck still runs period. I can't be asking for a decent stereo. So my commuting music consists entirely of FM radio, which is still pretty nice, if purely for the serendipitous element. Rather than fiddling with my iPod at every red light, good songs just occur naturally. I like not having control over my life for one second of every day.

But radio isn't exactly in its prime these days, and the more I listen, the more I get confused by particular radio formats. For example, what exactly is "classic rock"? I often ask myself this, but I don't exactly have an answer. So I tried to find out. It led to deeper questions like "What ISN'T classic rock?" and "What is music supposed to be for, anyway?"

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Rush Recording Upcoming Phoenix Show for DVD Release in 2013

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Rush does its own thing. Resolutely, absolutely, completely.

The "Holy Triumvirate's" fierce individualism can be viewed as a tribute to one of its heroes, Ayn Rand, but it's okay if you're not into the Objectivist thing; you can appreciate Rush for exactly what it is: a power trio that's enjoyed a 40-year career despite the general indifference of critics, a tendency to craft complicated multi-suite prog epics, and the idea that it makes music for nerds. Eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, the Hall is just got around to silencing the vocal crowds asking "Where's Rush?" by inducting the band this year.

Well rejoice, Phoenix fans: Rush's Clockwork Angels tour stop on Sunday, November 25, at US Airways Center, will be filmed, along with Wednesday, November 28's show in Dallas, Texas, for an upcoming DVD set for release in 2013.

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