When Walsh takes off, the Eagles fly

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More Joe Walsh , please. Even "The Dude" would've loved him Wednesday, the opener of a two-night Eagles stand at the United Center .
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Don

Schaumburg, IL

#1 Sep 26, 2008
I saw the show last night (Thursday) and it was terrific. At 41 years old I've been hearing Eagles songs since I was a kid, and I've always liked James Gang and Joe Walsh's solo stuff, but this was my first live concert and it was great. I actually got goose bumps when they played Hotel California and In The City. Don Henley's vocals were great - sounded like I was listening to an original recording. They all got a chance to play some of their solo stuff, but Joe Walsh had more and he was awesome - both guitar and vocals. The sound mixing was great also. I've been to several concerts at UC where the sound was terrible - guitar overpowering the vocals, too much bass, etc - but they sounded perfect last night.
JackT

New York, NY

#2 Sep 26, 2008
I know critics have to be critical, but if a person loves the new and old music of the Eagles, they left the UC very happy Thursday night. The first time I saw them was in May of 1975 with Dan Fogelberg as the opening act. They were introducing their One of These Nights album and it was a great show. Fast forward to the HFO tour in 1997 at the UC, which I also loved. Long Road Out of Eden is an outstanding album in my opinion and I knew all the songs well before attending the Thursday show. I thought it was an excellent show that took us through a number of moods and paces. Sure, Joe gets to be Joe on a few songs, but that would get old if it was on every tune. Their ability to mix it up, along with those incredible harmonies, make for a great show (if you like and respect their music, which I do) and along with my wife and two college-age kids we had a night to remember forever. The Eagles Rule!
Steve

Lake Villa, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2008
Album sales stats are so misleading. Kot writes they've sold 7 million copies of 'Long Road,' but fails to mention less than half of those were sold in the States. Not sayin', just sayin'.
David Deal

New York, NY

#4 Sep 26, 2008
The Eagles I saw Thursday night played with passion and conviction -- all of them. The Eagles did not rely on the band's hits to carry the night. The Eagles played many songs off its latest recording, "Long Road Out of Eden," including the astonishing title track, an epic worthy of "Hotel California" (and a powerful attack on American consumerism and our foreign policy -- how come the younger rock acts are not speaking out about the war in Iraq with this kind of passion? Seems like Mr. Kot overlooked this great song unless the Eagles didn't play it Wednesday). Also, the Eagles gave us a fresh look at some of its classics, like the risky but rewarding trumpet overture on "Hotel California" -- hardly a rote reading of the album version. I don't understand why Mr. Kot was expecting showmanship from Frey and Henley. They've never been Mick Jagger and Keith Richards onsage, nor should they aspire to be. That's just not their style.
amg

United States

#5 Sep 26, 2008
JackT wrote:
I know critics have to be critical, but if a person loves the new and old music of the Eagles, they left the UC very happy Thursday night. The first time I saw them was in May of 1975 with Dan Fogelberg as the opening act. They were introducing their One of These Nights album and it was a great show. Fast forward to the HFO tour in 1997 at the UC, which I also loved. Long Road Out of Eden is an outstanding album in my opinion and I knew all the songs well before attending the Thursday show. I thought it was an excellent show that took us through a number of moods and paces. Sure, Joe gets to be Joe on a few songs, but that would get old if it was on every tune. Their ability to mix it up, along with those incredible harmonies, make for a great show (if you like and respect their music, which I do) and along with my wife and two college-age kids we had a night to remember forever. The Eagles Rule!
I couldn't agree with you MORE. You should have wrote the review!
Henleys protoege

Urbana, IL

#6 Sep 27, 2008
Yeah, I saw the concert Wednesday and it was AMAZING! I couldn't believe the sound quality. They way they mixed it up was great too! I liked being surprised! I was mesmorized when Don Henley finished up with "Desperado" it was awesome!
Kris

Mansfield, IL

#7 Sep 29, 2008
I've seen the Eagles live three times and this was their best performance yet. The sound of Hotel California blew me away. They should have been recording this concert for a live CD. I also thought Glenn Frey added a lot between songs with his friendliness with the audience.

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