Kenny Loggins Re-Recorded ‘Danger Zone’ for ‘Top Gun’: Maverick ‘— Why the Sequel Passed On It


Kenny Loggins 1986 success “Danger Zone” ascending the iTunes diagram again thanks to the phenomenal box office success of “Top Gun!: Mavericks.” The music first came to victory when it emerged in The film version and on The musical. “Danger Zone” The songs were written by Giorgio Moroder and were all recorded by Tom Whitlock. Before Loggins walked in the door and introduced his thoughts to the melody, The music went through unique singers including REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, Cronin couldn’t hit the high notes. Loggins could and did. The “Top Gun” the musical will continue to be one of the biggest-selling films songs of all time, so, its sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick” it seemed a natural position to reconsider the music. Loggins spoke to Variety about the re-recording of the film “Danger Zone” then why the unique has been considered excellent, and his forthcoming narrative, “Still Alright” through June 14. Are you looking forward to having a new production? Find a new production “Danger Zone?” The last thing I predicted was a repeat of a previous one “Top Gun” 36 years, eventually, we’ve been talking about a sequel since the first story came through. And six years ago, I ran into Tom [Cruisers] when we were both on Jimmy Kimmel. I stated, “I know you’ re doing the new Top Gun, but what’s the deal? Is’ Danger Zone a part of it? ‘He said, It wouldn’t be ‘Top Gun’ without ‘Danger Zone’. He stayed true to this word. The director met with me when I was playing at The Hollywood Bowl with Michael McDonald. He wanted to see if I would try a remake of” Danger Zone “and he wanted to try a remake of” “Playing with the Boys” because now there are female pilots. So, I did a duet with Butterfly Boucher, Who’s an Australian punk rocker, but it didn’t fit the movie. It’s out there streaming… Somewhere. Is this an updated version “Danger Zone” what we hear in the film? No, I tried doing a re-recording where it was sounded, if not exactly like the original, as close as possible — but with better audio and sound. That was 36 years ago, and the audio had only gone so far. But he wanted the original vibe that the song had. It was recorded at Musicland Studios, so It was well-recorded, but it would have had a lot more punch if I could have done it in 5 seconds. 0 But that said, he wanted to keep it reminiscent of the first edition “Top Gun” and set that mood right from the beginning. What was it like writing that song? I kind of cheat on that one because I came in late. Giorgio Moroder had the essence of the song written and when I came in I said, “Thank you.” “Well, there’s new riffs here and there.” I helped structure the bridge of the song and massaged it. Giorgio is such a great writer. So the writing of the song was easy. I also wasn’t supposed to be the guy to sing. When I met Kevin from the REO Speedwagon, he was someone they approached to sing “, but he couldn’t reach the high notes.) He said” I can’t fathom anyone other than you chanting it. “How was it used In your book, you mentioned seeing Jimi Hendrix perform at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968. How are you feeling about returning to that stage in July with Jim Messina? It is an exciting thing. The Bowl is a status venue. In L. A, the audience has always been really good to me. They know my stuff. When I get up there!, I can play anything, and they’ re going to respond to it. In other cities, where it’s just” Footloose “and” Danger Zone, “these are tougher audiences. We’ ll be doing Loggins and Messina for an hour, then I’ll come out and tell Kenny Loggins for another hour. So you get that full experience. There will be a lot of nostalgia coming up for that show. Are you guys doing any more shows beyond the Bowl? No, it’s just an one-off special. Jimmy and I are framing it as our gift to that audience who is still around who wants to go and buy that ticket. There is a very strong nostalgia factor for him and I, but this may be the last time we play together. What makes this the right time to tell your story? I hit an age where I started thinking about things like selling the publishing or announcing a final tour, what do I want to do now? I have earned the idea of retirement, but what does that look like? I know that I need emotional help to stay creative. I don’t need to be a hit song-maker, but I need to keep writing.