Chastain Park - Atlanta, GA
We flew from NC just for the chance to see L&M one more time. It was well worth it! It rained most of the concert but we didn't notice anyone leaving. It was a fantastic show. Kenny and Jimmy were better than they were three decades ago, but the new band was incredible! It was one of the best concerts we've ever experienced and you've never seen so many 50-somethings rocking in one place. - Steve
It was a rainy night in Georgia at one of the greatest places to enjoy a concert, Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.
But the rain could not stop Kenny and Jimmy from putting on a performance that was as good as it gets! If you are a fan, or even if you're not, don't miss this show!
I drove up from my hometown in South Florida to see these guys, and can't wait till September 29 at Hard Rock. I will be the lucky guy in the front row. - Stephen
I was so excited to go to Loggins & Messina
at Chastain Park that we arrived 2 1/2
I was not old enough to see you 30 years ago, but don't worry guys -- my friend (age 29) and I (age 35) agree that yours was one of the best concerts we've ever seen (and we've seen LOTS of concerts)! KEEP ON ROCKING!!!! - Suzanne
The duo, who were paired almost accidentally back in the early 1970s, only played together for 4 or 5 years, but their music remains entrenched as some of the most notable tuneage of the 1970s. While both Loggins and Messina, as solos, have created some good music, none of what they have done since their amicable parting in 1976 approaches the soul and staying power of the Loggins and Messina catalog.
I drove 200 miles to see them in Atlanta, at Chastain Park Pavilion. Not that I'm superstitous, but because I brought no rain gear other than a couple of small umbrellas, it rained for about 2/3 of the show. Regardless, I had waited 25 years to see them again, and I was not disappointed by their performance. Loggins was his usual animated self, while Messina laid back and sang/played, essentially flawlessly.
Their voices are as pure as they were 30 years ago, which is quite a contrast, compared to other icons, such as Elton John and Paul McCartney, whose voices have suffered changes with age. Harmonies were spot on; I failed to detect any glitches in the vocals.
It was the same with the band, populated with musicians new to the Loggins and Messina scene. There were a couple of songs I thought were played slightly too slow, but it wasn't tentative, it was measured. There were no self-indulgent solos like we heard back in the day. The song selection, while mostly centered on the songs they are "known" for, was fine. As a fan, I always want to hear more, but I was not disappointed by what they played.
Not counting the down time during the intermission, the group played for about 2 ½ hours through on and off [mostly on] rain, and the audience that persevered through the elements was left wanting more.
Ultimately, it was a fine show, demonstrating that this duo needs to be making new music together. Their vocal styles complement each other well. They are both approaching 60 years on; it would be a horrible shame to their musical legacy, as well as the fans that enjoy their music, if they finished this tour and simply went their own separate ways again. If not now, when?
And then we drove 200 miles home again. Whew!
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