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Get Footloose with Loggins

Charlie Owen
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

If a blockbuster movie came out during the ’80s, it’s almost guaranteed to have Kenny Loggins’ name attached to it.

Loggins wrote and performed a string of hits for Hollywood films such as “Top Gun,” “Footloose,” and “Caddyshack” to name a few, but his career spans nearly four decades and 13 solo albums. Fresh off of the release of his latest CD, “How About Now,” Loggins is back on the road touring again. His stop at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek Thursday night was sold out.

The energy that Loggins and his five-piece band brought to the stage was electric. From the moment the curtain opened, they played constantly, stopping only to tell the story behind a songs or crack a joke.

Once they launched into a couple classics from his album “Leap of Faith,” it became apparent that their performance was tailor-made for this venue. The fans sung along and cheered loudly after each song.

Then Loggins busted out some of his newest stuff, most notably the title track from “How About Now,” a country-rock tune that had the crowd on their feet and dancing within seconds.

The show never got boring. Even with slow hits such as “Return to Pooh Corner” thrown in, it still seemed as though Loggins never tired of singing the songs that obviously mean so much to him. Just as soon as the audience let its guard down, the band rocked out to “I’m a Free Man Now.”

During “Celebrate Me Home,” Loggins made his way into the audience and crooned his way through the song while standing on a chair surrounded by fans. It’s nice to see that age has not made Loggins any less limber.

Obviously they played all of the big hits. That’s what the fans came to see, after all.

“This one is dedicated to all the golfers out there tonight,” Loggins shouted, just before playing “I’m Alright,” which he ended with a call-and-response part with the audience.

He brought the night to a close with “Highway to the Danger Zone” and “Footloose,” obviously crowd-pleasers.

It seems that Loggins has lost none of his appeal. For those of us who grew up listening to his songs on the radio and hearing them in the movies, this show was the perfect time machine.

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