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Concert reviews for the week: The Eagles & Kid Rock

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I have to say, after all of these years, the Eagles put on an incredible, memorable show at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday, February 19. The show started promptly at 8 p.m., with no opening act. The Eagles played until well after 11 p.m., over three hours. This time was filled with hits from throughout the decades. It was definitely a "peaceful, easy feeling" night, which obviously more than satisfied their faithful fans. Afterwards, everyone leaving the show definitely had smiles on their faces - it was a night well spent, both time-wise and dollar-wise. I had not planned on purchasing any merchandise on this night, but, I was so impressed by the performance that after the concert was over, I circled nearly the entire AAC in search of the last copy available of the tour program. The History of the Eagles Tour definitely deserves a 5 star rating.

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And, then there was Kid Rock Saturday night at Winstar Casino. I had been anxiously awaiting this show, thinking Kid Rock is well worth the drive to Oklahoma. He has a powerful unique stage presence, an enthusiastic, sexy magnetism that is unbelievably mesmerizing. But, somehow this performance did not have the feeling nor the energy that has been present at the many performances I have seen of his in the past. There was no opening act, and the show lasted approximately 1 1/2 hours, leaving the crowd wanting, and expecting, more. This was a sold out show, with ticket prices ranging from $85 to $200. There was no encore. Not one single guitar pick nor drumstick was thrown to the crowd. No final bow from the band. Just the lights on - good-bye. Even though Kid played most of his popular hits, it was not anything compared to his previous concerts. One highlight of the night was when Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock sang "Picture" as a duet. Crow was also onstage as part of the trio of back-up vocalists the rest of the night. The awesome saxophone player played a large part in keeping the show rolling. Even though this night was not what I had anticipated, I know what talent this man has, and I will definitely see Kid Rock again the next time he comes around.

The truth is, out of the two concerts within days of each other, I was much more looking forward to the Kid Rock show. I had a 2nd Row ticket for Kid Rock, and a seat in the upper level, side stage, Section 330, at the AAC for the Eagles. But with all said and done, which left me saying, "Wow! That was a GREAT show!"? The Eagles.

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