Monday, November 11, 2013


Glenn Frey turned 65 the night we watched him in concert November 6. Until I read the Sun review, I never connected their sound to a genre, but now the label sticks: So-Cal country rock.

Over the years,  I pumped plenty of quarters into jukeboxes to hear their harmonies and lyrics.

When we watched the documentary, "History of the Eagles," I was struck by how many of their tunes I'd loved while growing up: Desperado, Take it To the Limit, Witchy Woman, New Kid in Town, One of These Nights, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise... and of course, Hotel California.

The concert started very simply, with Glenn Frey and Don Hedley sitting on amps on stage, and reminiscing, playing 'Whatever Happened to Saturday Night.' One of their earliest, and one of few songs each band member had a hand in writing. A very nostalgic sounding song, and a bit surprising coming from a group that hadn't yet hit their thirties.

One by one, the Eagles took the stage and continued to entertain for the rest of the night. Joe Walsh growled away later in the first set and totally rocked the second. By the end of the concert, when they hadn't yet played their signature song, we knew we were in for an encore. It was generous:  Hotel California, Take It Easy, Rocky Mountain Way and Desperado were a perfect way to end the evening.

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