Rock solid: Nile’s ‘Innocent Ones’ strikes a chord

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On both sides of the ocean, crowds are responding to Nile’s call to action.

While his residence is Manhattan, he considers himself a citizen of “wherever my shoes are.’”

In January, he’ll return to the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J., for Light of Day, a weekend-long musical blowout benefiting Parkinson’s disease. Last time, Springsteen _ a frequent surprise headliner _ backed Nile’s rousing performance of “Heaven Help the Lonely,” dedicated to the people of Haiti.

“I want my life to mean something,” says Nile, who fantasizes about joining the wealthy “1 percent” and spending it on charity.

“Be good to your neighbors, you know? … Life is brief. Make the most of it.”

He and Lofgren often share a kindred sentiment with fans:

_ “Believe in your dreams.”

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Online: www.willienile.com

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