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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
No Bald Eagles
Venue/Date: The Mark Of The Quad Cities (Moline, IL)
Concert Date:  
March 19th, 2009
Reviewer: gypsynester

No Bald Eagles The opportunity to see The Eagles fell into our laps the other day. Veronica, a huge fan who had never seen them live, was chomping at the bit. I, however, was skeptical. Having seen The Eagles in their heyday, during the 1976 Hotel California tour, I didn’t want to spoil that memory. Sure, the stranger on the ferry boat who just saw them the previous night said they were still great, but… he was just a stranger on a ferry across the Mississippi. I also have several musically knowledgeable friends who have seen the band recently and fully agree with ferry boat guy, so I allowed myself to start a bit of bit chomping as we drove closer to the arena. Once inside, the first thing that struck me was the crowd. This wasn’t a ‘70’s rock concert crowd. Oh wait, yes it was -- just 30 years older. Middle aged and middle class, I guess we all grew up and now we can afford the hundred dollar tickets. If I remember right, it was around fifteen bucks back when I saw them the first time. The band took the stage, all in suits and ties, ala Buddy Holly. What happened to the torn up blue jeans and tee shirts? Well, at least Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmitt still have long hair, even if Walsh looks a bit like what if Nixon had long gray hair. Overall, they still look cool, just different cool and at least there aren't any bald Eagles. About halfway through the first song I started using my ears instead of my eyes and realized “Man, these guys still sing great!” They are fully aware of the changes the years have brought and embrace them. They humorously acknowledged the passing time right off the bat, with Glenn Frey introducing themselves as “The ancient ones, the band that wouldn’t die” on “The Assisted Living Tour.” This is not a nostalgia tour, it’s rock and roll grown-up style. This is a very different Eagles than the ones I grew up with. With a four piece horn section and two extra keyboard players, Will Hollis and Michael Thompson, this is more like a review than a country rock group. They also have another drummer, Scott Crago, allowing Don Henley to step in front of the kit for a good part of the show, although he spends a good bit of time on both percussion and drums. Nobody plays the straight country rock beat any better than Henley, and he does it while singing. The group is rounded out with guitarist Steuart Smith playing Don Felder and Bernie Leadon’s old parts impeccably. He is pretty much a real member of the band these days, writing and co-produced on The Long Road Out of Eden album. The mix of the old stuff with the new, plus tunes from their solo careers, is very smooth and presented with impeccable performances and sound production. The staging was cool, not overbearing, and did not distract from the music. The guys may be older but they sure aren’t worn out. The show goes over three hours, with a short intermission. It was during this intermission that Veronica overhead perhaps the best line of the night. An appalled security guard remarked as she removed women from the men’s room that she expected that kind of behavior from last week’s Nickelback crowd but not from Eagles fans! Who knew? There were two women in the men’s room when I went too. Rock-n-Roll. After the break it occurred to me, why should it seem strange or out of place for Rock acts to keep touring into their golden years? No one thinks it the least bit odd when Blues, Jazz or Classical acts keep performing well into their 70's or 80's. I think it just goes to show you that Rock & Roll has now become an enduring art form and truly will live forever. David, Gypsynester.com

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Eagles Rules
Venue/Date: National Guitar Summer Workshop (Los Angeles, CA)
Concert Date:  
October 26th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Eagles soar, Dixie Chicks lay an egg in Nokia Theatre opening

Veteran musicians rise to venue's promise

Hate them if you must because they have more money than Jesus, Moses and Buddha combined, but there's no denying the Eagles are a helluva live band — and the ideal way to test the waters at the opening night of downtown's Nokia Theatre.

The quintessential Los Angeles combo sounded simply great Thursday in the first demonstration of the Nokia's sound and video design, and even those in the farthest seats were able to appreciate all that was happening on the venue's big stage. The Eagles, of course, don't hit bum notes and their polish, along with classy songs that retain their original strength, was a delight to behold in the 7,100-seat hall.

Opening with four numbers from their forthcoming double album, the group led by Don Henley and Glenn Frey could do no wrong in a 20-song set that took in such peak moments as "Lyin' Eyes," "One of These Nights" and "Hotel California," which was an awesome thing to behold, even for someone who has spent a lifetime switching the dashboard dial at the mere hint of the line, "On a dark desert highway ..."

Looking fit, if not particularly amused, Frey, Henley and the enigmatic Timothy B. Schmit delivered the million-dollar harmonies that decades ago helped lift the music industry into it's most lucrative period. That was a long time ago; these days, the Eagles are putting out their self-produced new record on their own label.

Other things have changed, too. The audience at the Nokia was older and well-heeled, and they had to be in order to cough up the kind of cash the band was asking for tickets. It wasn't a rowdy bunch.

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