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J. Freedom du Lac Chats With Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band

There's some controversy surrounding the show here. TicketsNow, the Ticketmaster-owned reseller, sold some tickets to the show that it didn't have, leaving some fans in the lurch. Do you follow that sort of news at all?

Not too much. . . . I read what Bruce commented about it, how wrong it was, and I'm obviously in total agreement. Listen, that's why the whole planet's getting run down, because of greed and freedom gone unchecked. Sadly, there's people that aren't burdened with a conscience. Greed is king. We don't police those people well enough as a society, and that obviously has to change or things are just going to keep getting worse. This is just a microcosm of what's wrong with the planet. Look at Bernie Madoff.

America to me is the greatest country in the world and the greatest experiment in freedom we'll ever have. But our forefathers, I'm sure, expected us to police freedom appropriately. In other words, you shouldn't have freedom to pipe in porn to kids' computers . . . You shouldn't have freedom to murder and pillage and get out on good behavior in seven years. What the hell is that about? That's the great challenge of society, is to police freedom appropriately. It's not happening at the moment.

So what's the role of a rock-and-roll band in all of this? To find solutions? Provide an escape?

The "escape" word hopefully leads to some spiritual peace. I've sat in hundreds of shows where for three hours I was transported to a peaceful, hopeful place, whether it was Ray Charles, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, the Stones, the Beatles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, John Fogerty. I've seen so many great bands, and I've gotta admit, that's what I think Bruce is doing better than any performer today; he's giving the audience, yes, an escape but also maybe some spiritual hope and confidence that they didn't have when they walked in the doors at 8. And maybe they leave with that and it lingers as they get back to the challenges of daily life.


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