The Eagles Return – Classic West @ Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
July 16, 2017 – It was their first full show since Glenn Frey died on January 18, 2016 at the aged 67 and right from the first note of their familiar show opener, “Seven Bridges Road,” it certainly sounded like the iconic California band. Right after that one guitarist Joe Walsh said, “Were back because of our family and all of you are part of the Eagles family and from all of us to you – thank you we’re grateful. This one for you Glenn.”
One of the most poignant moments of the night came with Deacon thanking the crowd for being his medicine. (clip). Deacon sang lead on “Take it Easy,” “Already Gone,” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” where her Deacon asked the crowd in the middle of the song “Anyone out there miss my dad?” Then, of course the crowd went nuts. He looks just like his dad and has a similar voice. He certainly passed the test last night.
Nice to see Henley behind the kit so much on “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” He played percussion on Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way.”
It was also nice to see Steuart Smith still on stage with the band. Many thought with the addition of Gill his roll would be redundant but there he was with crazy solo’s on “One of These Nights” and a few others. The other side of that bring up the questions why wasn’t Vince Gill shredding? Gill sang lead on , “Take it To the Limit” (originally sung by Randy Meisner who left in 1977) and a few Frey classics like “Tequila Sunrise,”“Lyin’ Eyes” and “New Kid in Town.” One big surprise of the evening was Bob Seger, who gave Glenn Frey his first big break in the late 60’s, come on stage and sing “Heartache Tonight.” Many had hoped that Randy Meisner would join them on stage but his health is too bad. In fact the singer/bassist was asked to join them on their ‘History of the Eagles” tour, four years ago, but couldn’t physically or mentally to it. Bernie Leadon however was on that our but he didn’t show up. Don Felder is still at odds with the band so not many expected him to be there. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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