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Nick Lowe is a well-respected British singer-songwriter, musician and producer. A pivotal figure in U.K. pub rock, punk rock, and new wave throughout the 1970s, Lowe was a key member of the bands such as Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). He is perhaps best known for his songs “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” and “Cruel to Be Kind”, as well as his production work with Elvis Costello. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, and harmonica. In addition to his band membership, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums.
n 1992, “(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” was covered by Curtis Stigers on the soundtrack album to The Bodyguard, an album that sold over fifteen million copies. Because Lowe received royalties from these sales, he suddenly found himself a millionaire. Freed from commercial constraints, Lowe has recorded more solo albums in his own very individual style to critical acclaim.
Lowe played Glastonbury 2011, performing a short solo set of Brinsley Schwarz tracks on The Spirit Of 71 stage, where they played back in 1971, before heading to the Acoustic Stage for a full band show. Lowe performed as an opening act for Wilco in their North American tour, September 2011. He performed solo with acoustic guitar.