On one of the OGWT DVD's they interview Jools Holland about the show, and he remarks how he always favored the keyboard players on the show, and how impressive many of them are. The next video was of Nils Lofgren's band, and he was playing piano. I was a bit disappointed he wasn't on guitar, but he was incredible on piano. Very impressive. Maybe another reason Nils took the Springsteen gig was because the pressure is far lower if you aren't the frontman. As great as Lofgren is, it seemed to me that he worked long and hard with major label support to get his career going, and it just didn't catch fire (no hits). So having to toil in semi-obscurity as a solo artist for the rest of his life, or be a sideman for one of the biggest acts in rock history (a very comfortable and lucrative job that would give him more exposure), maybe the choice is obvious.