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Image by Jo Lopez The Sage Gateshead 23 January 2015   Best known for being a key member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for the last three decades, guitarist Nils Lofgren also previously worked with Neil Young. His tour T-shirts proclaimed ‘ Touring since 1968’ and Lofgren recalled his first appearance on Tyneside in 1973 during Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ Tour. On that occasion the perennially awkward Young ignored his two previous mega-selling album...

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