Playing Like it Actually Ii the Farewell Tour: The Eagles - A Concert Review

September was a good month for concerts here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, and because of that, I can post some concert reviews this month. I was able to see two of the amazing shows, by two very different artists, at two very different venues, amazingly making for two incredible, but very different shows. And it just so happened that they both happened within a few days of each other, making for one stellar week for me.

The first of these shows was by a band I've been meaning to see for a long time, being a fan and all, but it always seemed like I was seeing other shows, or doing something... who knows. None of that matters now, because I was finally able to see the Eagles live in concert, and it was quite an experience to say the least.

I can't remember if there actually was a press release saying this was once again the Eagles farewell tour... I don't think so, but I do remember one from the band saying their most recent studio album would be their last studio album... or I think I remember a press release saying that. Who knows if that will turn out to be true, and it really doesn't matter if this turns out to be the farewell tour or not because the band was totally playing like it was...an awesome show.

Here's the set list:

How Long
Busy Being Fabulous
I Don't Want to Hear Anymore
Guilty of the Crime
Hotel California
Peaceful Easy Feeling
I Can't Tell You Why
Witchy Woman
Lyin' Eyes
Boys of Summer
In the City
The Long Run

(Intermission)

No More Walks in the Wood
Waiting in the Weeds
No More Cloudy Days
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Take It to the Limit
Long Road Out of Eden
Somebody
Walk Away
One of These Nights
Life's Been Good
Dirty Laundry
Funk #49
Heartache Tonight
Life in the Fast Lane

(encore break)

Rocky Mountain Way
All She Wants to Do is Dance
(second encore break)
Take It Easy
Desperado

Now, this set list shouldn't really come to a surprise to anyone who's seen any of the reviews of other Eagles shows this tour as it's the permanent set list for the tour I'm pretty sure. Still, as with any show, there are bound to be subtle differences every night. I don't know what other nights were like, but this night in Chicago was definitely one where the band seemed "on".. especially for the second half. With no opening band, the show started roughly 8:15 and everyone was on their way out at 11:45 making for a 3 and a half hour show. Although there were three breaks, I'm still thinking the band was on stage for right around 3 hours. There are a few songs I wish were played ("Tequilla Sunrise" the one that comes to mind), but I think the inclusion of some rockin' Joe Walsh numbers makes up for it as I wasn't really expecting those tracks. They were a welcome addition though, as Joe Walsh is one of my favorite guitarists.

The first set had all the expected highlights... "Hotel California", "Lyin' Eyes", a killer version of "Witchy Woman"... it just seemed exactly like I'd thought it would be... awesome. The band was having fun and gelling on stage with all those harmonies spot on and it seemed like the night would be a good show. Something must have happened during the intermission though because the band came back and just lit the place up with a ton of energy and proceeded to blow the roof off, prompting some 20,000+ fans to rock out with them for the next two hours. "Take it to the Limit" was as grandiose and majestic as it should be, while the James Gang classics "Walk Away" and "Funk #49" along with Walsh's "Life's Been Good" (complete with hilarious photos of Joe from throughout the years) really got the place moving.

I was especially impressed by the depth of the material from their latest album Long Road out of Eden, from both set's actually. I wasn't initially impressed much by the album, except for the title track... which also made for an amazing live number by the way.... but when performed amidst the rest of their music everything seemed to fit nicely. These new songs sounded so much like vintage Eagles that I think this album now fits in with their catalog quite well.

A hard hitting version of "Life in the Fast Lane" (also including some funny multimedia images) ended the main sets with a bit of rock and roll fire. They would come back with a pair of songs to keep the energy up, another classic Joe Walsh number, "Rocky Mountain Way" and Don Henley's "All She Wants to Do is Dance"... I don't think I even need to say that the crowd was on their feet the whole time. The show would eventually close with "Take it Easy", sounding as folksy and earthy as ever, despite being played in a huge modern arena, and a stirring "Desperado".

Throughout all of it the band really seemed like they were having fun, which is something I like to see and think really enhances the performance. Bands who don't have fun and enjoy themselves on stage usually put on horribly sterile live shows. This night though, the Eagles appeared dynamic, vibrant and charismatic (especially Glenn Frey and the always hilarious Joe Walsh), showing off a bit of their love for their music, their fans and performing live.

Quite a performance...

When I bought tickets to see the Eagles I happened to make a comment at how expensive they were (Not that ticket cost is a big deal to me, but I was not anywhere near the stage and still paid $100+ per ticket... that's more than I paid to see shows that lasted 11 hours!). After the show though, I totally thought it was worth it. Sure, that's a pretty ridiculous price to pay for a rock and roll show... unless it's like... Led Zeppelin... or the Eagles apparently... but I thought that 3+ hours of incredible music with one of the best folk/country rock bands of all time was worth the cost. I'm not saying I'd go all the time, or that it isn't still a little ridiculous, but I could think of a lot of things to do with that money that would not be nearly as fun.

I'm definitely glad I got to go to this show and not only got to see this band once in my life, but got to see them put on an amazing show as well.

So, if you haven't seen the Eagles but like their music and maybe have shied away in the past because of cost or whatever... just go. Seeing this band live is a great experience and worth doing... even if the cost might be a little pricey... and you will have a killer time, I'm sure of it.

Who knows if this will be the Eagles final tour, so if you haven't seen them live yet, might be time to start looking for tickets. If it is, I'm glad they're going all out and having fun out there all the way till the end...Oh, and I'm definitely glad I got to see them. It seems to me though that they could keep going though if they perform every night like they did this night in Chicago.

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