Music Review

The Eagles at The Forum

By November 1, 2018 November 3rd, 2018 No Comments

On September 14th, 2018, I was fortunate to see one of the greatest bands of the 20th century: The Eagles. The Eagles played 3 nights at the Forum in L.A on the 12th, 14th, and 15th as part of their “2018 North American Tour.” Since the passing of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey in January of 2016, the lineup of the band has since changed and now consists of original members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit along with new members Vince Gill and Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon Frey. As a die-hard Eagles fan, I myself was a bit skeptical about what the new lineup might sound like without Glenn Frey. When they opened up, the second I heard the first note I had no doubts that they sounded better then they’ve ever sounded. The show consisted of a 3-hour, 27 song setlist that played their classic hits as well as rarities that haven’t been played live in years or even at all. The show opened up with “Seven Bridges Road”, a rarity that is personally one of my favorite Eagles songs that has rarely been performed live. Right after “Seven Bridges Road”, they went straight into their hit song “Take it Easy” which was sung by Deacon Frey who sounded almost identical to his father Glenn. Other newcomer Vince Gill took the lead vocals on “Take it to the Limit”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Heartache Tonight”, “New Kid in Town”, “Lyin Eyes”, and “Ol 55”. Gill sounded phenomenal as he once again filled the shoes of Glenn. An Eagles show wouldn’t be an Eagles show without lead guitarist Joe Walsh, who has his own cult following with his catalogue of his own solo hits. Joe not only played his number one Eagles song “In the City”, but also played hits from his solo career such as “Walk Away”, “Funk 49”, “Life’s Been Good”, and “Rocky Mountain Way” (A fan favorite). One song in the setlist that I was very surprised with was Don Henley’s song “Boys of Summer” which is from his 80’s solo career and has rarely been played live with the Eagles. The show also consisted of four encore songs including “Hotel California”, “Rocky Mountain Way”, “Desperado”, and the final song of the night being “The Long Run”. The band sounded better than ever and didn’t skip a beat. There is a reason they’ve been selling out stadiums on their current tour and that’s because people love the Eagles and they sound better than ever. I have been to many, many concerts, and this one for sure tops the list.

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