Friday, April 22, 2005

California Grass

According to, Loggins and Messina are getting back together:

Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina will embark on their first tour as a duo in nearly 30 years with the Loggins & Messina Sittin' in Again Reunion Tour. The outing has about 40 dates on the books, beginning June 24 at the Idaho Center in Boise. The route includes arenas, amphitheaters, casinos and other venues.

In conjunction with the tour, Columbia/Legacy will on May 24 release "The Very Best of Loggins & Messina," featuring such hits as "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Thinking of You" and "My Music." After eight successful albums together between 1972 and 1977, including two live sets, the duo went its separate ways, touring for the last time in 1976. Messina says both he and Loggins had reservations about embarking on a full-blown tour, but found that old wounds had healed.

"One of the sore spots was, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Kenny and his incredible voice, and part of the problem was not thinking I could live up to that," Messina tells "And, not to speak for Kenny, but I found out he experienced the same thing with me and my instrumentation."

A benefit show at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., last year was the catalyst for the tour. "Things just sort of flowed together," recalls Loggins. "I'd been playing a lot of these songs, like 'Danny's Song' and 'House at Pooh Corner' alone for years, and when Jimmy came in, I remembered who we were. Something magic happens when the two of us sing together."

The artists will perform their hits together and solo, and a special "sittin' in" segment will feature special guests in some markets. "If we're in Nashville and Michael McDonald is free, or Rusty Young, or Clint Black, we hope they can get on stage and sit in," says Messina.
Pretty awesome. I'm glad this came up because it gives me an excuse to talk about something: Guys who smoke "grass." Not "pot" or "dope" or "Mary Jane," they smoke grass. Guys who smoke grass usually have beards (like Kenny Loggins) and for some reason I picture them hangin out in Santa Monica. Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics smokes grass. Ironically, Doobie Brother Michael McDonald also smokes grass. Paul McCartney smoked grass during the "Let It Be" era, but he doesn't anymore. Something to think about.

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