Eagles should stick to hits, not sermons

Eagles should stick to hits, not sermons

There are 15 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 30, 2008, titled Eagles should stick to hits, not sermons. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Five songs into the Eagles' Tuesday-night gig at the Target Center, the famously feuding Californians broke into one of their biggest hits, 'Hotel California.' And regardless of what one might think of the ...

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#1 Oct 1, 2008
The concert was awesome! They sounded beautiful.

Hudson, WI

#2 Oct 1, 2008
Went to the concert! Thought it was fabulous! Harmonies gave you chills. I liked the new songs too. Maybe Ross you didn't listen to the new CD much before going to the concert.
Jeff W

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Oct 1, 2008
Ross is an idiot. This was a fabulous performance by any standard. When you have great song writing coupled with excellent musicianship, you don't need visual effects-the music speaks for itself. The real "show" was the way The Eagles have perfected their craft, performing their music at the highest levels. Seriously these guys- all millionaires, grammy winners, etc. could have just slid by-no practice, no hard work...and given a less than stellar performance and the audience still would have loved them. But they didn't...they're consumate professionals, terrific song writers, and great musicians. This was one hell of a performance.
Ron G

Wayzata, MN

#4 Oct 1, 2008
First, I agree with Jeff W. in spades. As musicians, they kicked it last night.

On the broader point, it is obvious that Ross likes his art in a way that is "entertaining" and "non-offensive." Has he listened to the Eagles, and more particularly Henley's music, at all before? Unlike some artists who keep their views to themselves and THEN decide to use their fame as an influencer of popular opinion, the Eagles, led by Henley's strong lyrics, have commented on pop-culture since they started. Ross, have you listened to the words of "The Last Resort," which uses the Eagles' unparralled harmonies to lambast urbanization and the degredation of the environment? How about Henley's "End of the Innocence," which directly challenged the Reagan Administration's shift to more direct support of the military-industrial complex Dwight Eisenhower warned us about? Need more? From Hell Freezes Over, "Get Over It," disparaged the whiny, "it's not my fault" attitude of our culture.

Long Road Out of Eden is not only consistent with who the Eagles are now, but who they have always been. While commenting on what I think is now universally understood to have been a colossal blunder by going into Iraq, Long Road notes our hypocrisy in "supporting our troops," while NOTHING changes in our own lifestyles.

Whether Henley is a hypocrit to put voice to these observations does not diminsh the accuracy and timeliness of the message.

However, at the end of the day, his use of his art as a vehicle for that message should be celebrated by someone like you, Ross. Your writing suggests that you would have preferred a comfortable and energetic performance by Justin Timberlake, Britany, or any one of the other so-called "pop stars" of today. Henley should write a song about that too-- our apathy about the deterioation of art as protest should be alarming. While this may be something that is not suprising in the public at large, I find it shocking in someone who fashions himself as a trained observer of our culture.

“Citizen, you must comply.”

Since: May 08

Eden Prairie, MN

#5 Oct 1, 2008
The boys of summer? Wow. Time to put that song to bed Don.

Cottage Grove, MN

#6 Oct 1, 2008
I grew up on the music of the Eagles. Never had a chance to see them til now. Do they run around like Jagger? No, I would not expect that. They played long, hard and we had so much fun.
We will see if P Diddy is around 30 yrs from now!

South Saint Paul, MN

#7 Oct 1, 2008
I'm not sure if Ross has been to previous Eagle's shows. He may not know that Eagles shows are about the guys playing their music not running around on stage attempting to entertain the crowd. The four guys I saw on stage last night didn't have to move anything but their arms to play their instruments to raise nearly 15,000 people to their feet. What show did you see last night Ross?

PS - Joe Walsh KILLED IT last night and you're crazy if you think otherwise.
Owl Gore

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Oct 1, 2008
To Punish And Enslave wrote:
The boys of summer? Wow. Time to put that song to bed Don.
Met him at a book signing years ago in Nashville.
his book was lame and he was an areshole.
jill p

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 1, 2008
I guess Ross didn't like Paul Newman, either.
Jim R

Lees Summit, MO

#10 Oct 1, 2008
Ross Raihala is nothing more than an egotistical blithering idiot!! PERIOD!! The man has NO clue!! From this, to his scathing review of Hank Jr. last year, only proves he doesn't get it. If he's not aware of the artists (and their motives) and their core audience, he should just stay home, or at the very least stick to writing about the BSB and the like!! It's obvious they are more his spped/style anyways.

Now that I've got that off my chest, the concert was tremendous!! I did not see them last night, but rather in Green Bay, WI on Monday. I cannot imagine last nights show being any more or less spectacular. This was the first time I have seen them in concert and was totally blown away!!

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 1, 2008
It was a fantastic concert. I enjoyed it end to end. I was glad their 10 minute song ended. Joe Walsh, I want to see him in concert with his own band: energy!
Jim R

Lees Summit, MO

#12 Oct 1, 2008
EPS wrote:
Joe Walsh, I want to see him in concert with his own band: energy!
I've always liked Joe Walsh, but I know have a totally newfound respect and admiration for the man. His guitar skills are unbelievable!

I also had another thought about that idiot Ross. He complains of Henley's lecture in song about our driving SUV's, etc. This is nothing out of the ordinary for them. I'll bet that ignorant a@@ clown has never heard of "The Last Resort," much less ever listened to it.........

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 2, 2008
I don't think that Ross was really at the concert on Tuesday night. He said that they were dressed in black and alike. I believe the Beatles did the same thing.I only wish that more bands looked like pros. They looked and sounded great. I agree with Jeff W and alot of the others. They were talking about getting older and the things they expierenced.It wasn't political it was their views.Look at Bob Dylan and all the rest didn't they do the same thing.The Eagles were great.
Arthur O

Maple Grove, MN

#14 Oct 2, 2008
I agree with Jeff W, Ron G, and LMR.
They said it all. I am guessing Ross is no baby boomer. The pictures in his review were obviosly from the archives and his review should be put away for good.
Paul Bressler

Louisville, KY

#15 Oct 5, 2008
I was born at the tail end of Nov. 1964. I grew up in the 70's and loved the Eagles as a preteen and teen. but i have to agree w/Ross somewhat. While Long Road Out of Eden is OK, it can NOT compete with the material they put our in their powerhouse 70's era heydays when they were at their peak and the groupies were still young, slim and cute, the cocaine and Quaaludes flowed freely, and the world was for sure their oyster. They peaked in '76 with Hotel Cali. They will never be that good, or young again. That being said they are still 1000000 X's better than 99.9% of the "music" out there today. Today's generation does not know what they are missing.
out on the road today
i saw a dead head sticker on a Cadillac
a little voice inside my head said don't look back
you can never look back

thought i knew what love was
what did i know
those days are gone for ever
i should just let them go and...
don't care what Ross or anyone else says, this song still rocks and is timeless. However, certain verses do kinda fit the Eagles of today. They are getting older, we all are.

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