Concerts

Eagles Tour Looks at Band's History -- When Convenient

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Which brings me to my next point: Perhaps the Eagles have sold so many albums because their fans are going senile and buying them multiple times. Seriously, I'm 26, and I felt like one of the 10 youngest people there, besides the children brought by parents, as what I must assume was punishment.

The show was pretty slow throughout and featured a fair bit of commentary by the members, as well as clips from their documentary History of the Eagles, as the band's army of roadies changed out each member's instrument after every song. The best part was when Joe Walsh was wearing a camera on his hat for "Life's Been Good," and one guy grabbed the hat while a different guy brought him his guitar. But, hey, when you're the second-biggest selling recording artist of all time, the little things matter.

The opening was cute, with Henley and Frey sitting down on stage, Henley on his amp and Frey on a stool on stage made to resemble a dimly lit jam room. They opened with "Saturday Night," which had a bit of mandolin in it, but neither Frey nor Henley was playing a mandolin.

After the song they introduced founding member Bernie Leadon, who was responsible for the ghost banjo, before having Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh each enter in similar fashion.

I suppose it made sense that the show would begin with the band sitting down, especially because there were posted signs on the door of the venue about the evening's anti-standing-up rules. But most of that crowd is probably usually in bed by 8 p.m., so opening with a couple of snoozers really kind of let all the air out of the place.

The Eagles really did not play a single rock 'n' roll song between 8:10 p.m. when the concert began, and 10:41 p.m. when they played "Those Shoes." Everything up until then was country, at best, if not singer-songwriter stuff. They promised to "rock a little harder" during the first hour, but then they played "Already Gone." I suppose compared to everything they played up until then, "Already Gone" is rock 'n' roll.

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Jeff Moses
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