Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Last night Jim Messina couldn't have said it better "It ain't about getting even, it's about getting through it" If that isn't a statement about living in the New Millennium I don't know what is!
Loggins and Messina always seemed to have had that Yin
and Yang feeling about
Loggins and Messina are not just recreating a replica of the first edition, they have recaptured the original magic. This is no easy task. And this is only the third date on the tour, Santa Barbara (and everybody else down the line) get ready don't even think about missing this show! It brings you back to a time when concerts were about uplifting our spirits not some 1.5 hour machine. Jim's protest songs ring as true today as they did then, Kenny's gonna go gospel on yo ass and surpass some of you with his electric work, Messina is still a Fender Attacking Monster only more tasty if that is possible. And the Harmonies and arrangements.. perfect. Hey you youngsters who didn't catch or weren't alive for the first go around, check out this show and really experience a feeling from thirty years ago but really let yourself go and open up yourself to the music. You folks who have ticket stubs for the 70's call an old friend you have had a falling out or lost touch with, invite them to this show and get Back in Balance again.
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina have!
energy of the show in Phoenix last night was remarkable! The last time
I saw L & M was 30 years ago on Long Island, and the unique musical
sound, lyrics and
I had seen the band several times in the '70s and was
a little concerned about Kenny and Jim playing without the original lineup.
No need for concern. The Band is an amazing group of multi-talented musicians.
Shem nailed the bass nuances and the high harmonies effortlessly - Timothy
B would have been impressed. Gabe Dixon's mastery of the keys (and fine
attention to the subtleties of Omartian's earlier piano work!) was astounding.
Gabe Witcher could have been a concert all by himself - what a
It was great to see Jim back on stage after all of these years. He truly seemed to be enjoying himself and was totally at ease in front of thousands of rabid fans. His voice is still sweet and pure and a joy to listen to. His mastery of the guitar and mandolin was incredible. My personal favorite part of the night was watching Jim glide through the intricacies of "Be Free."
And then there was Kenny. He still has a charisma and
presence that is ageless. His vocals were as fresh as they have ever been
and his guitar playing was perfect. His extraordinary vocal calisthenics
on "Peace of Mind"
It was great to see the boys back together. Life is good.
The sound of their voices (alone and) together ~ the
way the instrumental parts (Jimmy's guitar especially ~ long live Fender!
He even thanked the people who recreated the guitars ~ thus the sound
~ from then.) would swirl around ones ears and heart and soul ~ it was
ethereal! (Everyone is right! The band they put together is just right!)
The beautiful and profound song lyrics (I still get tears streaming down
my body over 'Keep Me In Mind.' I am so
My D.J. husband, who slept through the 70's and favors
the 60's and 80's, knew two of their songs. By the end of the night, his
hands were raw from applauding. I tried to count all the times I've seen
L&M and I couldn't. I have amazing memories surrounding them, my favs
being sneaking backstage with Barry (then Messina's father-in-law) Sullivan's
entourage at the Universal Amphitheatre and having a ball, and then at
the Santa Barbara County Bowl when Jimmy tried to run me and my big, old,
stuffed Pooh Bear down with his car backstage. Oh yeah, the Midnight Special
and In Concert tv show tapings. It was great to see that footage and the
magazine covers on the screen. Gosh, I have all those mags and then some.
Those of us at the show now have the most amazing new memory. I am absolutely
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