Eagles

To the Limit – One More Time

An Extended World Tour Lands the Band at U.S. Venues – Aug. 25-Oct. 11
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This could be the last chance you get to catch the Eagles, one of the most highly decorated and beloved bands in the history of Rock-N-Roll. Serving up a big, eclectic catalog of California Country-Rock, the band has posted five #1 singles (like “One Of These Nights” and “New Kid In Town”), six #1 albums (think Hotel California) and sold over 150 million records to date. But remember: Time waits for no man, regardless of how many smash hits he’s got.

The current brain trust – Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and original guitarist Bernie Leadon – isn’t getting any younger with members pushing their 70s (the afterlife for Rock stars). This is probably it. As for the legions of fans who are looking for one last blowout night with the band that everybody loves, the “History of the Eagles” Tour is the perfect swan song, the perfect summation of an incredible run that began in the heady days of 1971 in the City of Angels.

Walsh drives his maserati ’bout one-eighty-five

JoeWalshTourPrimerDespite the graying of the band, sold-out shows across Europe have been energized and are immaculately in sync – with top-notch sound and gorgeous staging as icing.

The tour has lived up to the billing as a history of the band, spanning the heyday ’70s as shows run through upwards of 30 songs (see set list below), churning three-plus hours into the night. From “Take It Easy” to “Lyin’ Eyes” from “New Kid In Town” to “I Can’t Tell You Why” (Schmit’s vocals are chillingly angelic). Henley, though raspier with age, can still hit the high notes on “Take It To The Limit.”

When the mood gets too serious and emotional, renowned wild man Joe Walsh marshals his fabled edge and swagger (which survived his sobriety) to drop bombs like “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way” – not to mention a pumped-up cover of “Funk #49″ from the James Gang (Walsh was a member in the late-’60s).

If you had no choice but to come up with a shortcoming – and many music critics feel compelled to do so – it would be that the shows are too impeccably clean and lack the sort of improvisational magic that comes out of the very best live performances. But that’s like saying your worst problem is being too much of a perfectionist. The Eagles know it’s a curse being that good.

Hotel California: Henley heard the mission bell

Eagles_263-10_23The concept for the Tour, which runs all the way into March 2015 (ending in Auckland, New Zealand), sprang full-blown from the beautifully produced, two-part documentary “History of the Eagles” – screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and then aired on Showtime to much acclaim and exuberant fist pumping. The DVD release includes never-before-seen footage from a two-night stand in 1977 at Washington, DC’s Capital Centre. Brilliant stuff from the boys, back when they were a little thinner and had a lot more hair.

Special Treat: Original guitarist Bernie Leandon, who hasn’t performed live with the band since 1975, has been playing a portion of the show.

Best Request: The band has asked that the audience turn off all cell phones during the show. Say what? Henley has announced at the open: “This may be the last time we’re here, and we want you to be with us in the moment.” Sounds good to us, Don.

Eagles Set List
June 26, 2014 – Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Saturday Night
 
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Train Leaves Here This Morning
 
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Peaceful Easy Feeling
 
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Witchy Woman
 
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Doolin-Dalton
 
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Tequila Sunrise
 
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Doolin'-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)
 
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Already Gone
 
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The Best Of My Love
 
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Lyin' Eyes
 
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One Of These Nights
 
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Take It to the Limit
 
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Pretty Maids All in a Row
 
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I Can't Tell You Why
 
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New Kid in Town
 
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Love Will Keep Us Alive
 
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Heartache Tonight
 
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In the City
 
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Life's Been Good
 
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The Long Run
 
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Funk #49
 
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Life in the Fast Lane
 
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Hotel California
 
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Take It Easy
 
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Rocky Mountain Way
 
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Desperado
 
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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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