SDIFF Braves ‘Danger Zone’ for Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins, long-time San Diegan, received the SDIFF's inaugural Music Icon Award on Oct. 11

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Hey, San Diego International Film Festival (SDIFF): Consider yourself officially in a zone of danger.

Kenny Loggins -- the chart-topping singer/songwriter known for such hits as "This Is It," "What a Fool Believes" (both collaborations with Michael McDonald), "I'm Alright," "Footloose," and yes, the iconic "Top Gun" hit "Danger Zone" -- was honored by the SDIFF with its inaugural Music Icon Award on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The famed San Diego resident was honored at "The Night of the Stars Tribute" awards ceremony held at the Pendry San Diego downtown.

The SDIFF, scheduled for Oct. 10-14 this year, takes place at various locations around town, which aside from the Pendry (considered the festival's official headquarters), include the Balboa Theatre, ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla, Regal Cinemas UA Horton Plaza and others. The festival annually boasts 100-plus film screenings including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases and independent films, as well as glamorous parties and intimate events with filmmakers.

According to a festival press release, the Music Icon Award "honors an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence in music and film soundtracks. This reflects the very best in music and honors accomplishments in the entertainment field and through philanthropic contributions."

At the Oct. 11 ceremony, Loggins brought his guitar along and performed an impromptu set of songs for gala attendees consisting of his film soundtrack hits (dubbed "King of the Movie Soundtrack" in the '80s, he's got more than a few under his belt). The multi-Grammy-Award-winner also took to the mic and addressed "Top Gun 2" (which was spotted filming in San Diego recently) to answer the burning question most of us have been wondering: No, "Danger Zone" will not, in fact, be included in the upcoming film's soundtrack.

At the time of this article's publication, though, there's been no word on whether Loggins' other unforgettable "Top Gun" hit -- the iconic beach volleyball scene's "Playing With the Boys" -- will make the cut.

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