History of the Eagle Concert at Sanford Premier Center Proves They Are Still the Best.
The History of the Eagles concert Thursday night at the Sanford Premier Center was one for the history books.
Glenn Frey and Don Henley took to the stage shortly after 8 pm, each emerging from a different corner of backstage. They met in the middle and performed a few acoustic songs from their very early years to set up the night. Their roots, as explained by Henley, trace back to a plot of land they rented for $6 per day behind a liquor store in southern California.
One by one, song after song, another member took to the stage with resounding applause, Timothy B. Schmidt, original Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon, and finally Joe Walsh.
Before the Eagles even made it to the mid 70’s in their History of the Eagles tour – the sold-out Sioux Falls crowd knew they were witnessing a sliver of American music history.
The 5-part harmonies on ‘Heartache Tonight’, Joe Walsh’s screaming guitar solo on ‘In the City’ were just a few unforgettable highlights of the evening.
It was said, “if you closed your eyes you could swear you were in the recording studio with them.” That’s the mark of a great live performance.
Walsh delighted the crowd with his own singles, Life’s Been Good, and, Rocky Mountain Way, in which proved his rock prowess with multiple guitars and proved he still commands a stage after four decades.
In the end it was easy to see why no American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s. I Can’t Tell You Why, Life in the Fast Lane, Take it to the Limit, New Kid in Town, Desperado, Witchy Woman, Tequila Sunrise, were brilliant, sharp, and just the way we remembered them.
We weren’t even ‘standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona’ until 3 hours into the show – but we didn’t mind.
When the first few riffs of Hotel California hit, we thought the roof was coming down.
After 3 hours and 15 minutes, five of the finest musicians every to walk the planet bid farewell to the audience – whom were all still on their feet.
From this long-time Eagles fan, I give the absolute highest marks for a concert. Worth the high dollar ticket price – and more. A concert that will be tough to beat for years to come.
The Eagles hit the road for another show in Grand Forks, ND, Friday night.
And by the way, the no cell phone/camera/video policy should be standard at all concerts. It was nice to focus solely on the craft and music without someone in front of you trying to film an entire song with an 11″ I-Pad.
Note: The image above is from Getty Images from an earlier History of the Eagles concert in Nashville, Tn. to abide withe the no camera policy.