Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins at The Greek
Having settled into a groove that he didn’t let go, Kenny Loggins put on a show at the Greek Theatre which was a vigorous display of musical ability. Before finishing with a couple of encores, the songwriter/musician/singer entertained the crowd with an impressive presentation of jazz, pop, rock, a hint of country, and a lot of rhythm.
Showcasing ballads and the upbeat title cut from his first CD of all-new material in six years, It’s About Time, (released Tuesday, August 19), Loggins indulged himself in showing off a bit, which, at times, seemed wasted on the older L.A. audience.
His trademark beard may have turned grey, but his voice is great. Loggins hit the high notes on some of his most demanding songs, including “This is It”. The Santa Barbara-based rocker, whose biggest success came in the 1970s and 1980s, wowed the packed theatre with hits from his 12 Platinum and 14 Gold albums.
Each song was staged with precision and performed with top musicians. Loggins performed the Loggins and Messina songs, (“Danny’s Song”, “House at Pooh Corner”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”), the soundtrack hits and lesser-known favorites—and he pulled off a playful transition into Prince’s “Kiss” with impeccable timing. Highlights included a mesmerizing version of the title song from his 1991 album, “Leap of Faith”, and “Celebrate Me Home”, for which he was joined by saxophonist Dave Koz.
Loggins was plainly excited to be on stage and the subdued audience granted several ovations. From the perfectly synchronized “Whenever I Call You “Friend” to a moving performance of the new ballad, “The One That Got Away”—which the twice-married Loggins dedicated to divorced parents—his voice, presence and ability to interpret a range of musical styles is improving with age.
Unpublished review of a 2003 Los Angeles concert.