Breafast with: Proud history of eagles – Eagles dare to fly off forever
By Ralph Gowling
The Eagles stage concerts in the UK in May and June as part of what they say may be their farewell world tour.
Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will perform classics spanning their career, including some that have never been performed live, as well as songs featured in “History of The Eagles”, the band’s acclaimed, top-selling documentary.
The band has scored chart toppers and other major hits across the world, including five US No.1 singles and four US No.1 albums. They were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s.
“I don’t want to say it’s our last world tour, but it very well could be,” said Glenn Frey. “We’ve been working on this documentary. That’s all I know.”
Joe Walsh said: “We’re going to reinvent – new show, new stage, new lights. Lots of video. It’s amazing what they can do now. And revisit some of the catalogue.”
The Eagles, who last toured the UK in July 2009, won a massive worldwide fan base from the start in the early 1970s, notching up a large catalogue of hits like
‘Take It Easy’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘One Of These Nights’, ‘Take It To The Limit’, ‘Hotel California’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and ‘How Long’.
“It’s somewhat confounding, but people still want to see us play,” said Glenn.
“It doesn’t seem to end for us. You’d think people would get tired of us. But you know, people haven’t.
“We haven’t played some shows for quite a while. It’s been pretty much a solo year this year, plus we were all working on different parts of ‘The History of The Eagles’, but we went and played a show in Las Vegas. It was after the DVD had played on ‘Showtime’, and the audience was rabid.
“I had to laugh, they were so into it and so committed. It seems we have this phenomenon we have to deal with.
“So we have to keep figuring out ways to keep it a little bit interesting for us, a little bit more interesting for them, change a few things here and there while still playing most of the songs we’re known for. It’s amazing people still want to see us.”
The Eagles made their mark with masterfully crafted numbers merging country-tinged vocal harmonies with hard-rock guitars and lyrics.
A look at the charts shows the Eagles were more in demand in the UK for their albums than their singles. Their highest chart placing for a single was No.8 for ‘Hotel California’ in 1976.
The group’s origins go back to when four Los Angeles-based musicians, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who had migrated to the West Coast from other parts of the United States, got together.
In early 1971, Glenn Frey and Don Henley were hired to play in Linda Ronstadt’s backing band and all four played on her album, “Linda Ronstadt”. Later that year the four signed with manager David Geffen and agreed to record for his soon-to be- launched Asylum Records label.
The name of the band, simply “Eagles” was first suggested by Bernie Leadon during a peyote and tequila-influenced group outing in California’s Mojave Desert.
In early 1972 they flew to England and spent two weeks recording their debut album “Eagles” with producer Glyn Johns.
It was a major success and also spawned three hit singles, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Witchy Woman’ and ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’.
Changes of personnel saw Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner go, and Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit come into the group.
The Eagles officially broke up in 1982 and did not reunite fully until 1994 when they had another chart success with the album “Hell Freezes over”.
Tensions within the group led to Don Felder’s expulsion in 2001, and the Eagles then became a quartet.
History Of The Eagles Tour 2014
May 28 – lG Arena, Birmingham
May 31 – The Hydro, Glasgow
June 16 – The O2, London
June 23 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
June 25 – Phones 4u Arena, Manchester