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posted Friday, August 24 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 34
Kenny Loggins proves his staying power
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Kenny Loggins proves his staying power

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

KENNY LOGGINS
SNOQUALMIE CASINO
August 10


Although he hasn't scored a major hit in years, Kenny Loggins has enough of them from the '70s and '80s to fill an entire show. And on a temperate summer evening at Snoqualmie Casino, he filled almost every seat of the property's makeshift amphitheatre with fans who've followed him for the past four decades.

Born and partly raised around Seattle, the multiple Grammy winner first gained recognition as one-half of folk duo Loggins & Messina. But his solo career, as both a recording artist and songwriter, exceeded his prior success. Aside from his own chart-topping singles, he also wrote music for Barbra Streisand and the Doobie Brothers.

The Mountain View Plaza performance began with 'Conviction of the Heart,' a track from 1991's Leap of Faith album. Wearing faded jeans and a crisp white dress shirt covered by a black vest, Loggins has aged a bit but has still retained his handsome looks. The next number was the very familiar 'Danny's Song,' which got help from the audience on the chorus.

Interacting with concertgoers frequently, Loggins recalled his childhood in the area, including afternoons he spent swimming in Green Lake. When introducing one of his best-known hits, 'This Is It,' someone honked their car horn in the adjoining parking lot, which he quickly turned into a joke. 'I wrote that, too,' he said with a smile. He went on to say that 'This Is It,' co-penned by Michael McDonald, was intended to be a flop because the songwriting pair was afraid the success of their previous collaboration, 'What a Fool Believes,' would backfire. 'So here's the shitty song,' he stated just before playing it.

'Whenever I Call You Friend,' which featured Stevie Nicks on the original recording, was given a country twist on Friday night and included both Loggins' guitarist and bassist on side vocals. Two older favorites, an extended version of 'Celebrate Me Home' and a rockin' rendition of the Loggins & Messina tune 'Angry Eyes,' were also thrown into the 90-minute concert.

'I'm Alright,' from the comedy blockbuster Caddyshack, closed out the main set, though the neatly bearded performer soon returned to the stage (sans vest) and jammed on a four-song encore that included three other huge singles from his portfolio, 'Danger Zone' (from Top Gun), 'Don't Fight It,' and the title track from the '80s big-selling soundtrack Footloose. At this point, audience members had sprung up from their seats and were spinning, twirling, and dancing just below the stage. It was a festive way to end a show that took so many of us down memory lane.

One of the great pop singer-songwriters still around, Kenny Loggins doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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