The Eagles, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, brought their much anticipated "History of the Eagles" tour to Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.
The tour featured nearly every member of the Eagles reuniting (except Randy Meisner who was at home recuperating from an earlier health scare, and Don Felder). Guitarist Bernie Leadon was there and impressed with his performance.
For the entire show the band itself (vocalist/guitarist Glenn Frey, vocalist/drummer Don Henley, bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit, Leadon, and guitarist/vocalist Joe Walsh) were tight, never missing a chord and showing the kind of camaraderie and stage presence that can only be gleaned from 40 plus years in the spotlight.
The show lasted nearly three hours and was split into two main sets. The first set started with Frey and Henley performing "Saturday Night" alone with only a couple of simple spotlights on them, prior to bringing out Leadon, Schmit and Walsh one by one over the next 3 songs.
The show featured Glenn Frey, mostly, sharing stories in between each song- providing insider moments for most of the songs and what they meant to the band, how the band came together and some of the hurdles they faced throughout their career.
Some stories even had local flair; such as the little tidbit Frey offered up that the first time they played "Take it Easy" live was across the river at the Mississippi River Festival at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. What he didn't mention however, but would have been even cooler if he had, was for that performance at the MRF (on July 17, 1974) they actually opened for none other than their own Joe Walsh before Joe was asked to join the band the very next year.
While the first set was relaxed and laid back, something that seemed more reserved for a private performance setting which resembled a giant lounge, with the exception of the huge video screen and projection panels behind them (which wearn't even used until the 4th song) - the second set was more the electric set of the night.
Timothy B. Schmit brought out some of the biggest applause soon after the intermission when he blurted out "Go Cardinals!". The crowd, already buzzing from news that their beloved baseball team took over the lead over the Red Sox in the second game of the World Series during the concert's intermission (could they time that any better?), jumped to life and screamed their approval.
Conceding the fact that a large portion of the crowd was scoping their cell phones, or asking others for updates from the game, Frey gave a couple more updates to the crowd to keep them focused on the show, including word of a Cardinal victory: "Only good news from the stage" Frey deadpanned.
Joe Walsh, one of the greatest (and goofiest) guitarists around, provided comedic flair and amped-up attitude while rocking the crowd with spectacular guitar licks, soulful solos, and dueling axework between himself and Frey.
Walsh was given some spotlight time for his solo and James' Gang work, ("Funk #49", "Life's Been Good" and "Rocky Mountain Way") while none of the other Eagles members' solo material was showcased at all.
Some of the highlights (the Joe Walsh solos notwithstanding) included "Hotel California", "I Can't Tell You Why", "Life in the Fast Lane", and "Witchy Woman".
But while it was special to hear early songs like "Saturday Night" and "Doolin-Dalton" the fact remains that the whole show was special from front to back, and certainly not a show to be missed the rest of the tour. If it is, according to rumor, the final tour of the Eagles, then what better way to go then flying high like they did Thursday.
1) Saturday Night
2) Train Leaves Here This Morning
3) Peaceful Easy Feeling
4) Witchy Woman
6) Tequila Sunrise
7) Doolin Reprise
8) Already Gone
9) The Best of My Love
10) Lyin' Eyes
11) One of These Nights
12) Take it to the Limit
13) Pretty Maids All in a Row
14) I Can't Tell You Why
15) New Kid in Town
16) Love Will Keep Us Alive
17) Heartache Tonight
18) Those Shoes
19) In the City
20) Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh song)
21) The Long Run
22) Funk #49 (James' Gang cover)
23) Life in the Fast Lane
24) Hotel California
25) Take it Easy
26) Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)