... we'll be posting
a few for each venue
here on the site!
The Grove - Anaheim, CA
Just came from the show at the Anaheim Grove - It was so wonderful to
see Kenny and Jimmy together again. They sang all of the songs that the
crowd, including myself, wanted to hear from the old days. The band was
so "right on" with the entire evening. The show was about 3
hours long with a short intermission. It was quite evident that Kenny
and Jimmy were so pleased be together again. It showed in their performance
and their comments to each other and the crowd throughout the entire show.
So glad I saw them after sooooo many years apart! - Ruth
I had never seen L&M perform together so this was a real treat. I've
been a fan since the '70's and have seen Kenny several times. The show
last night was incredible. The venue was small and intimate. I must say
the thing that surprised and amazed me the most was THEIR BAND. I don't
know where they found this group of
musicians but they were each outstanding!
The night started out good, then got
better and ended up INCREDIBLE. If you have the chance to see L&M,
don't miss it! - Barbara Legere
All I can say is I want this live tour on
DVD, DVD-A and SACD! What a great
performance! My wife and I went with other friends who were L&M fans
70's as well, and we all left and made the same comment, "that has
got to be the best concert I have ever been to!"
Musically, the bands craft was at it's best and the concert
really showed off Jimmy's superior musical talents.
Sign me up for the 2 disc DVD when it is announced!!
- Jim VeNard
What do you mean its the first time they've played together
in 30yrs? You could have fooled me. The way they played in Phoenix you
would swear they never parted. The only thing that gave them away was
their hairstyles but showing all the photos in the background cleared
confusion on that. I was so impressed they played the songs they recorded
together and not songs from their solo careers. They truly made it a reunion
and made it possible for all the fans that have been
listening to their music for 30yrs to be "Sitting In" and enjoy
the tunes like we were all old friends. - Stephen
Anaheim, CA - The Grove
During L&M's original heyday (after last night I think they're headed
for an important and renewed heyday which is why I characterize it that
way), radio success was a blessing and a curse all at the same time.
There were and still are those who simply see the duo
through that lens as the "Your Mama Don't Dance", "Danny's
Song", "House at Pooh Corner" guys. Those of us who have
been fans from the very start and are familiar with every note of every
album understand that their
musical reach has always been broader and deeper than those hits (and
let's be clear ... those songs, each one of 'em, are still great).
A reunion tour always invites the charge that it's primarily
about nostalgia and money with the music taking an inevitable and sad
back seat. That cynical assessment simply comes with the territory. But
the sheer joy of what I saw and heard at The Grove on Sunday night is
that the music is still absolutely front-and-center. The music is the
true "star" of this show. For me, the music of Loggins and Messina
is part of my DNA, the soundtrack to a significant portion of my life
as a young man. So of course the deja-vu effect is inescapable. Yet, the
songs themselves (and indeed, the guys themselves) are still brimming
with life and meaningful artistry.
During their original run, the one thing you could always
count on at an L&M concert was a rousing, intense, we-didn't-just-phone-it-in
performance with impeccable musicianship all around. The new band's line-up
is absolutely a worthy successor to the sheer time-after-time
virtuosity I remember from Messrs. Garth, Clarke, Sims and Bregante. (And
if the late Jon Clarke can see and hear these reunion concerts from a
balcony seat somewhere in Eternity, you can't help but wonder if he's
grinning ear-to-ear at the goings on.)
A few things were pleasantly unexpected. With Kenny's
long post-L&M solo career in mind, this reunion concert reacquainted
me with how much the guy can really rock AND play guitar. Guitar-wise,
he just goes after it! Their first album was, by original design, a "mostly
features Kenny" affair. So it's great to hear these reunion versions
where they're now trading verses back and forth. It was also great to
hear such wonderful takes on "Kind Woman" and "You'd Better
Think Twice". Especially now, people sadly tend to forget Messina's
integral part in the pedigree of two of the most seminal groups in all
of rock: Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Hearing Messina's voice and guitar
still at the top of his form, no jury in the world would
convict me for also longing for a regrouping of either of those outfits.
All the later country-rock bands that got the credit certainly stood,
in part, on the shoulders the Springfield, Poco and L&M. And like
Woody Allen's Zelig, Messina is always standing in that picture ... right
where he belongs.
To reclaim and reinvigorate one's past is no small feat.
But the best music has a sort of life of it's own with a relevance and
transcendence across the years. By that measure, Kenny Loggins and Jim
Messina are delighting audiences night after night by soundly demonstrating
that both they and the music they created have still got "it"
What's enticing, though, is to wonder what may come next.
There's simply no substitute for thirty additional years of musicianship,
songwriting and life experience. So Kenny and Jim ... what's that new
Loggins and Messina album going to sound like?!? - Bob