This started out as a sad story about one of my favorite artists.
Fortunately, there was a happy ending. They caught the scumbag.
Nils was a prodigy who came out of the DC area. He played in Charlottesville a fair number of times when I was in school there, both as a member of a group called Grin, and then solo. He used to play on stage with a trampoline he’d jump on and do flips during a performance, believe it or not.
Of course, his first big claim to fame was playing with Crazy Horse, Neil Young’s backing band. Here’s a little story about recording “Southern Man”.
His solo career took off in the mid-70s, but his second major claim to fame was joining Springsteen’s E-Street Band.
Anyway, here’s one of my favorite songs of his, a tribute to Keith Richards, “Keith Don’t Go”. (At one point, Nils was rumored to be in the running to replace Mick Taylor when he left the Stones. But I digress.)
The man can play a little guitar. Keep on truckin’, Nils.