Kenny Loggins gently admonished his audience at the Greek Theatre last weekend: “You all are so polite.” But the crowd, far from the Greek’s 6,000 capacity, may just have been waiting for something worth getting unruly about.
To get a rise out of them, Loggins threw in a four-letter word or two during his between-songs patter Friday night and offered up a mildly off-color account of how he came to write the 1973 Anne Murray hit “Love Song.” It didn’t make the evening any less bland, but it did seem to break down the walls of propriety between Loggins and his fans.
Moments when the tall, lanky performer came across best were during a cappella renderings with his band of the Del Vikings’ “Come Go With Me” and on a brief snippet of Don & Juan’s “What’s Your Name,” late-'50s/early-'60s-era rock ‘n’ roll songs that conjured up images of cool dudes harmonizing on a moonlit street corner.
But Loggins’ scat-inflected, vocal interplay with saxophonist Mark Wilson during “Celebrate Me Home” emphasized how far Loggins is from being a really dynamic, go-for-broke singer. His approach is pleasant, but nothing you would want to get unruly over.
Kenny Loggins sings at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pacific Amphitheatre, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets: $14 to $18.50. Information: (714) 634-1300.