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Kenny Loggins performed at the Saban Theater Friday Night (1/20). In the 70’s Loggins had already made a name for himself with his partner Jim Messina. Then in 1977 Loggins released his first solo album Celebrate Me Home, followed by Nightwatch. Loggins would then collaborate with Michael McDonald co-writing “What A Fool Believes” which won them both a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1980 and hit number 1 on the Pop chart. “This Is It,” another Loggins/McDonald collaboration, became the theme of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament from 1980-1981 and won the Grammy for Best Male Vocal Pop Performance.
In the 80’s, Loggins would go on to become the king of movie soundtracks writing/recording themes and other memorable songs for Caddyshack, Top Gun, and Footloose. Loggins would also be featured on “We Are the World” and performed at Live Aid. Loggins would continue releasing albums until 2009. In the 90’s Loggins released “Return to Pooh Corner” and performed in front of 500,000 people at “The National Mall” in Washington D.C. for Earth Day. Over the last decade Loggins and McDonald were featured on Thundercat’s “Show You the Way. Loggins would appear on Grace and Frankie, Family Guy, Archer, and in the video game Grand Theft Auto V. This past October Loggins and Messina would reunite for a historic two nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
Before Loggins took the stage a montage of his movie tracks and historic performances like Live Aid played. Loggins joined his band for “Love Has Come To Age,” before sitting down for a few acoustic songs starting with “Danny’s Sons.” The following song “Return to Pooh Corner” had a humorous story involving Loggins dating the daughter of the Disney CEO Donn Tatum at the time of having lawsuits over the original song in 1971 and then the lawsuits being called off. The hits continued with “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and his version of “What A Fool Believes,” which was released before the Doobie Brothers. Starting on song 12 the dance marathon and movie hits kicked off with “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack, followed by “Playing With the Boys” from the volleyball scene in Top Gun which has been recreated numerous times including in Family Guy. “Danger Zone” also from Top Gun and the new film Top Gun: Maverick, “Footloose” from the movie of the same name. The closing song was “Forever.” Just a few days before the show Loggins announced his farewell tour so if you missed this show you’ll have another chance to see him at the YouTube Theater October 27th.
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Celebrating David Bowie is back with a spectacular lineup of Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Scrote, Royston Langdon (Spacehog), Ron Dziubla (Ricky Martin/Joe Bonamassa), Angelina Saris (Narada Michael Walden), Travis McNabb (Better than Ezra), and in select cities Angelo Moore (Fishbone) and Jeffrey Gaines. The tour kicked off in San Diego, CA October 6th and the following night stopped at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. This show included not only Angelo Moore, but also Bowie guitarist Eric Schermerhorn, Pat Metheny keyboardist Chris Fishman, and none other than Joe Bonamassa. Celebrating David Bowie honor’s Bowie’s legacy with various musicians playing his biggest hits. Bowie was easily one of the most influential, iconic, and greatest artists of the 20th century. At the time of his passing two days after his 69th birthday, January 10th, 2016 it had been 12 years since his last full performance and on his birthday his final album Blackstar was released. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. 14 of Bowie’s albums went Gold with another six Platinum, and one two-time Platinum.
The setlist contained nearly 30 songs spanning 50+ years of Bowie’s music. Rundgren and Belew performed most of the show and Moore and Langdon on six songs. To name a few hits performed throughout the night “Young Americans,” “Starman,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Fame,” “Space Oddity,” and “Rebel Rebel.” Bonamassa came out to play Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar parts on “Let’s Dance,” towards the end of the show and “All the Young Dudes” was the last song before the two-song encore. The show came to a conclusion with a finale of “Suffragette City,” and “Heroes.” Where you saw Bowie live or never got to experience the magic of his performances, this is a close way to hear all those legendary songs live.
photos by David Khorsandi
America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, finally brought their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour to Thousand Oaks. Originally launched as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return, the band will be performing the album in its entirety.
This show was over 3 years in the making. Originally scheduled for March 19, 2020 with a presale dating all the way back to 2019, the show was postponed from the day that California effectively shut down due to Covid-19. After a few rescheduled dates (the most recent being May 1, 2022), the show finally took place and was well worth the wait.
The tour showcases classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, fan favorites, and includes selections from the band’s latest studio album The Absence of Presence, which is an appropriate name for all the show date changes for this concert….
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive with other classic Kansas music, including hit songs, deep cuts and fan favorites.
Playing to a capacity crowd in Thousand Oaks, CA, the band played a solid 2 hour set of favorites, classics and a few of their new tunes. The band was on fire. The vocals, harmonies, and superb musicianship easily made this one of the best concerts of 2020, 2021 and 2022 combined.
The show started as an acoustic 5 piece band with Phil Ehart taking the drum throne at the end of the short set. The songs sounded incredible.
The second set was electric with another 5 awesome songs before performing the hit album Point of Know Return in its entirety as the third set.
The encore for the solid 2 hour set was “Carry On Wayward Son” where the crowd completely rocked out. What a fantastic evening. Only one more show remains on the tour this weekend.
- Sep. 15, 2022 8:00 PM Thousand Oaks, CA: Bank of America Performing Arts Center Fred Kavli Theatre
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Ozzy signing at Long Beach music store Fingerprints on September 10.
To meet Osbourne, fans pre-ordered a copy of the album, which came out the day before on September 9. Attendees checked in at noon and the signing was at 2 p.m.
Grammy award-winning singer Ozzy Osbourne signed copies of his new album “Patient Number 9”— his 13th solo studio album and a continuation from 2020’s top 5 release Ordinary Man, once again produced by Andrew Watt. This 13-track project, has the most legendary guests ever on an Ozzy Osbourne release. Three tracks alone – “Patient Number 9”, “Degradation Rules”, and “One Of Those Days” – feature Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Zakk Wylde and the late Taylor Hawkins.
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