The show occurred shortly after the release of the I Came to Dance album. It was supposed to be the breakthrough album after a terrific debut album and the solid Cry Tough. It did not sell as well and many fans thought Nils had abandoned his virtuoso punk persona in favor of a more mainstream and less edgy sound. The record was followed by a poorly received live album and the terrific Nils. One wonders if Lofgren might have become a star if Nils had followed Cry Tough.
This recording demonstrates Lofgren’s terrific playing and some of his greatest songs with a ballsy band. Lofgren, in my view, is one of the USA’s best guitar player and here he is in a fine live performance at the top of his solo career.