Kenny Loggins
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‘What saved me was Stevie’

Kenny Loggins recounts Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, and musical adventure ‘at the movies’ in breezy new memoir

Kenny Loggins‘ new autobiography Still Alright: A Memoir  is out today from Hachette Books. Kenny writes about his prolific, 40+ years in music, including his massive solo career, which he initially feared was on the rocks until the one-and-only Stevie Nicks came along to save the day.

In the memoir, Kenny looks back on his long music career, highlighted by a successful run in the ’70s duo Loggins & Messina and blockbuster solo career in the ’80s, which produced the iconic and enduring movie hits “I’m Alright” (from Caddyshack), “Footloose” (from Footloose), “Danger Zone” (from Top Gun).

The singer-songwriter embraces his current status as a self-dubbed “legacy act,” which still sells out thousands of theater seats on a regular basis. He also takes his role in the “yacht rock” phenomenon — light, breezy, and melodic music from the ’70s and ’80s that might be heard while sailing on said yacht — in stride. He argues, “at the very least, [it] helped introduce our music to a new generation,” inspiring podcasts and other related discussion around his soundtrack hits and more.

 Stevie Nicks’ generosity spared me from falling off the map.

Most importantly for Stevie Nicks fans, Kenny devotes several pages to opening for Fleetwood Mac during their 1977 Rumours tour. He spills the tea on Fleetwood Mac’s notorious party excesses, which, of course, has been well-documented in media and retrospective documentaries since then. Having lived through the rock-and-roll decadence and debauchery firsthand with the band, Kenny corroborates, “I’m here to tell you they’re not exaggerated.” He was also a willing participant, as “there was cocaine everywhere,” he writes in the book. “I can’t pretend that I didn’t partake. It was almost impossible not to.”

Kenny also remembers the “Stevie-ites,” or the female friends and groupies, who accompanied Stevie everywhere, giving him “the impression of a buffet table of delicious possibilities.” Despite the alluring nature of the entourage, he says “they were simply Stevie’s traveling companions, there for her emotional support.”

The Grammy-award-winning artist credits Stevie for saving his solo career, notably for working with her on their Billboard Top 5 duet “Whenever I Call You Friend.” After his debut album Celebrate Me Home (released just a few months after Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours in April 1977) received harsh critiques from some music critics, the hit single instantly changed the critical narrative, leading to a string of Top 40 singles. “I always say that I have Stevie and [“Whenever I Call You Friend”] to thank for breaking me through as a solo artist,” Kenny explains with gratitude. “So many musicians emerge from duos or bands and immediately fall off the map; Stevie’s generosity spared me from that.”

Still Alright is available now digitally and in hardcover. Revisit some of Kenny Loggins’ vast music catalog below.

Whenever I Call You "Friend"

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Kenny Loggins - This Is It

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Kenny Loggins - I'm Alright (Theme from "Caddyshack") (Official Audio)

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Kenny Loggins - Footloose (Official Video)

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Kenny Loggins - I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man) (Official Video)

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Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone (Official Video - Top Gun)

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Kenny Loggins - Meet Me Half Way (Official Video)

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Kenny Loggins - Conviction of the Heart

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For What It’s Worth (2022)

TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks

March 10, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

August 19, 2023
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO

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2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022

RESCHEDULED SHOWS

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
November 5, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

 

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