“It’s been a great trip”

Kenny Loggins will enter the danger zone one last time.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is ready to take off for his 2023 This is It farewell tour.

Kicking off at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, the 11-leg concert series will play across the country as far north as Fort Worth, Texas; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Inglewood, California over the next seven months.

“It’s been an amazing journey since I started with Jimmy Messina in 1971, and I’m fortunate to have had such a long touring career,” Loggins said in a statement on his website. “I don’t see this as the end of my professional career, but definitely a setback for major touring.”

But do not worry! Loggins added that the reason he decided to leave touring behind is simple: “After a lifetime on the road, I want to have more time at home,” he said.

For his celebratory sendoff, the 75-year-old musician will return to the stage to perform a string of hits from his more than 45-year career. “I’ll play songs that I feel sum up the emotional story of my music,” Loggins explained. “This will include 90 percent of the hits and about 10 percent of the deepest cuts.”

We can only hope that one of those hits is the legendary “5.0 version” of his 1986 single “Danger Zone,” which Loggins previously told EW he re-recorded for last year’s hit sequel. Top Gun: nonconformist but that was not present in the final cut of the film.

Kenny Loggin

Kenny Loggin

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images Kenny Loggins has announced his 2023 farewell tour.

“I done rerecording ‘Danger Zone’ to create a 5.0 version that engulfs the audience,” he said at the time. “But Tom Cruise really wanted to evoke the original version, the original feeling. So, in the long run, it turned out to be the old song coming back.”

Loggins recalled meeting Cruise during the visit Jimmy Kimmel live. During his meeting with the Top Guns star, asked if the film’s unofficial anthem would return in its sequel.

“I said, ‘So tell me, is ‘Danger Zone’ in or out?’ And he said, ‘It wouldn’t be Top Guns without “Danger Zone,” Loggins said. Instead, Tom chose to use it at the beginning of the film so it really evoked the energy and excitement of the original Top Guns.”

Check out Loggins’ upcoming tour dates below:

March 10 – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall – Sarasota, Florida.
March 12 – Florida Theater – Jacksonville, Fla.
March 26 – Good Life Festival – Queen Creek, Arizona.
April 28 – Dickies Arena – Fort Worth, Texas.
April 30 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – New Orleans
June 15 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, Va.
June 17 – Virginia Arts Festival – Williamsburg, Virginia.
August 17 – Family Arena – St. Charles, Mo.
August 19 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, Ill.
October 14 – The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, California
October 27 – YouTube Theater – Inglewood, California

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