Thursday, May 30, 2024

E Street Band Member Nils Lofgren Joins Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Asks Spotify to Remove His Music


Nils Lofgren, a long time solo star and guitarist for the E Street Band, has taken a stand. He wants his music off of Spotify.

Lofgren is joining Neil Young and Joni Mitchell protesting Spotify disseminating false information about COVID and the vaccines via right wing host Joe Rogan.

Lofgren wrote on Neil Young’s Archives site:
A few days ago, my wife Amy and I became aware of Neil and Daryl standing with hundreds of health care professionals, scientists, doctors and nurses in calling out Spotify for promoting lies and misinformation that are hurting and killing people.

When these heroic women and men, who’ve spent their lives healing and saving ours, cry out for help you don’t turn your back on them for money and power. You listen and stand with them.

As I write this letter, we’ve now gotten the last 27 years of my music taken off Spotify. We are reaching out to the labels that own my earlier music to have it removed as well. We sincerely hope they honor our wishes, as Neil’s labels have done, his. We will do everything possible towards that end and will keep you posted.

Neil and I go back 53 years. Amy and I are honored and blessed to call Neil and Daryl friends, and knew standing with them was the right choice. We encourage all musicians, artists and music lovers everywhere, to stand with us all, and cut ties with Spotify.

Music is our planet’s Sacred Weapon, uniting and healing billions of souls every day. Pick up your sword and start swinging! Neil always has. Stand with him, us (Joni Mitchell!), and others. It’s a powerful action YOU can all take NOW, to honor truth, humanity and the heroes risking their lives every day to save ours.

Peace and Believe, Nils, Amy Lofgren

Nils’s outspoken wife, Amy, wrote on Twitter:

“Misinformation on covid19 is not free speech. It is deadly. That is the point.

don’t want to be on a platform that supports very dangerous content. We stand with #healthcareworkers”

Lofgren is not a huge streaming artist on his own. His biggest track, “Shine Silently,” one of my personal favorite records, only has 3.5 million plays. But the Lofgrens are well respected, and their ties to Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band give them a lot of influence. This may be the start of another unraveling for Spotify.


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