2009-09-10 / Entertainment

Loggins & Messina Reunion Tour At Shippensburg

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Loggins & Messina, Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., as part of the duo's reunion tour.

The Loggins & Messina tour is the unexpected and unlikely return of the most successful duo of the early 70s - a group whose most enduring songs were so well crafted that they have never really gone away. At the same time, they are rebuilding the personal connection that was lost long ago.

"This is less about a musical reunion and more about reuniting a relationship that's become more of a friendship than ever before," says Jimmy Messina. "It's funny how our separate journeys have somehow brought us back around, into each other's lives again," Kenny Loggins says.

Though Loggins & Messina's first greatest hits collection was called "Best Of Friends," their relationship has long been a complex and sometimes difficult one. When they first met, Messina was already a well-established success story, having produced and played with the legendary band Buffalo Springfield and later with the country-rock pioneers POCO. Loggins, meanwhile, was a young singer-songwriter with far less experience, but "Sittin' In (1971) originally envisioned as a one-off joint release intended to introduce Loggins as part of a Messina sixalbum production deal with Columbia Records, became a smash hit.

This accidental duo was created by public demand. In the next few years, a series of albums would follow in rapid order- 1972's "Loggins 7 Messina," 1973's "Full Sail," 1974's doublelive "On Stage," the same year's "Mother Lode," 1975's cover song set "So Fine" and 1976's "Native Sons." The "Best of Friends" collection followed later that year and in 1977 another live album fittingly called "Finale.' With that, Loggins & Messina, who had sold 16 million albums and become one of rock's most popular draws, was over and apparently done.

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