Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Eagles in concert

Photo credit: James Glader

My friend Kim and I went to hear The Eagles in concert last night.

They were great!

It didn't matter that most of the band members were in their 60's. Their voices sounded about 95% of what they did back in the 70's.

That's pretty damn good!

The show opened up with Glenn Frey and Don Henley walking onto stage, each holding their guitars. The audience went wild. Don sat down on an amplifier, Glenn a chair. Yellow lights hung low from the ceiling. Don explained to the audience that this was how it was in the beginning - just the two of them singing together in small clubs.

It was magical.

Bernie Leadon, an earlier band member, joined the duo and stayed for the first set. Other band members also joined in.

Joe Walsh, the blond in the picture above, is an unbelievable guitar player. I guess he has quite a past with drugs and wrecking hotel rooms when on tour (in the past). He DOES seem older and wiser, but his crazy personality showed through on stage. The crowd loved him.

I remember the Eagles more for their "easy listening music". And they played those songs like "Hotel California", "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", "Already Gone", "Desperado", "Witchy Woman", "Tequila Sunrise", and "One of these Nights".

They also covered the years when they did more rock songs. That's when Joe Walsh really shined.

I'd say the audience was half gray-haired baby boomers and half young adults or "new comers" to the Eagles. The man sitting next to me had gray hair - I couldn't guess his age - probably was my age or older. He sang all the older songs and luckily had a pretty decent voice. This, of course, encouraged me to sing along, too.

It was a great night. I felt young again.

That is, till I got up this morning.

My body ached from walking all the way from where we parked to the arena. Then walking up and down all those stairs.

Yep. I'm still young on the inside.

But on the OUTSIDE, this old broad is pushing 60 in a couple of years! Hard to believe!


Liz A. said...

Glad you had so much fun.

Ami said...

I would love to go see them in person. It sounds like it was awesome. I still listen to their music. The original greatest hits album? I had it on 8 track. I still own the LP, the cassette, and the CD. It's in MP3 format in my little player, too.
Ha... they didn't get where they are without my help!!

Brian Miller said...

wow. that would be a pretty amazing experience...def a fan from back in the day...smiles...

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! I am happy that you got to go! Love them!

SquirrelQueen said...

You must have had a blast, those guys are legends. I am just a little bit, okay a lot, jealous. I'm glad you got the opportunity to see them.

Carletta said...

Oh, Witchy Woman was/is a favorite of mine.
Pat, I am sixty. It doesn't get any better. :)

Valerie said...

I am JEALOUS, Pat. I can imagine that the concert was absolutely fab. Hmmm pushing 60 eh? Now I DO feel old... grins.

Christine said...

Concerts are fun, aren't they? I had only been to two my entire life until last year, when I went to three! An Eagles concert would be a great one to see with my husband, as those songs bring back some memories.
Glad you were able to enjoy yourself and hope you recover quickly. ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pushing 60? That's not even OLD to some of us Pat!!! (My kids listed to and loved the Eagles and I learned to love them too..would have enjoyed the concert!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I didn't even know they still played together--what an experience that must have been. They're each so talented on their own!

DesertHen said...

My son bought tickets to see the Eagles for my 40th! Loved every minute of that concert and I got to share that moment with my son! So much fun!