LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performs at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Bruce Springsteen: “Tunnel of Love”

The Hook: Nils came for a visit and decided to play.

Album: Tunnel of Love

Year: 1987

Writer: Bruce Springsteen

Stats: Topped Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number-nine on the Hot 100.

Background: Guitarist Nils Lofgren recalls visiting Bruce Springsteen’s home during a long period of inactivity by the E Street Band and being asked by The Boss if he’d like to put some guitar on a song he was working on. Lofgren says that’s how he ended up playing the solo on “Tunnel of Love.”

E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren on playing the guitar solo on “Tunnel of Love.”

“I hadn’t heard any of Bruce’s music for quite a while – he was working on his solo record – and when he played ‘Tunnel of Love’ it was just stunning, ’cause in addition to being a brilliant song, it was such a different sound than I was used to from Bruce. When I first heard it, I was like, ‘Well, what chords are those?’ It’s just so different, and I loved it. And he put in all these pedals and started turning dials while I was working on the solo and got a kind of a spacey, flangey sound. Fortunately, it all worked out and it felt good and Bruce used it, which was a big honor for me ’cause he’s a great guitarist and to get to play that solo and have him use it was very cool.”