Friday, November 21, 2008

The Eagles Soar to Big Victory in Nations Capitol

For the second time in sixty days The Eagles landed in D.C and put on a show in the Verizon Center (sorry, it is still the MCI Center to me). Not to be confused with Donovan McNabb and the did we really just tie a NFL game Eagles from Philli, these Eagles played their guitars for 3+ plus hours to the delight of the crowd.
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We (Chris & I ) had the pleasure of catching their show over at the John Paul Jones Arena @ UVA back on May 21ST and couldn't pass up the chance to hear Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt and a host of other musicians work their magic.
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Entertaining from the time that Glen opened the show by calling it The Eagles Assisted Living Tour...
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The opening set included 4 straight songs from their Long Road Out Of Eden CD plus old favorites Hotel California, Peaceful Easy Feeling, I Can't Tell You Why, Witchey Woman, Lyin Eyes, Boys of Summer (from Henley's solo days) and finally the title track from The Long Run.
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After a short break the band once again opened with 4 cuts from their latest CD and then turned back the clock to play Take It To The Limit and then the title track from Long Road Out Of Eden.
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The closing 8 songs leading up to the Encores had a heavy dose of Joe Walsh to them, including a great rendition of "Life has been Good". Keeping the pace upbeat the band added Heartache Tonight, Henley's Dirty Laundry as well as Life In The Fast Lane to One Of These Nights during the home stretch of the 3+ hour show.
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It is hard for me to believe that after following the band so closely back in the 70's, I think these guys are playing harder and more crisp over three decades later. The energy that Joe Walsh (gotta be pushing late 60's) showed again last night was worth the price of admission.
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More info on the band is available at www.eaglesband.com and the site includes the concert dates from the tour (it kicked off with the show last night). Tuesday night they will be playing the Wachovia Center and wait for it- that night they will be the Philadelphia Eagles !
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One note about the show- the price of the tickets were only about 1/2 of what they were back in May when the band played JPJ.
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The concert proved to be a nice break from the World of Sports but we will be right back at in a few hours when we head to Lynchburg, Va. for the Brooksville Bees - R.E. Lee Leeman Regional Final Playoff Game...

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