Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Eagles Rock the Garden
So I'm not much of an Eagles fan (I routinely pass over their songs on the FM radio, except for Boys of Summer), but I have a mild compulsion to go to classic rock concerts. So when I read that the Eagles would be touring this year, I snapped up a ticket but was ambivalent from minute one about whether I would attend. Moreover, I was sleep-deprived last night (see below) and had a fairly stressful work day, so right up until I was walking down to the concert at around 8:20pm I hadn't committed to going. I promised myself I'd leave after the first set (and I did, so sue me). Boy am glad I went. From the first few songs, which I didn't even know, the Eagles had me entranced. Then they kicked into greatest hits territory: Hotel California, Peaceful Easy Feeling, I Can't Tell You Why, Witchy Woman, Lyin' Eyes, Boys of Summer, In the City, and the first set closer, the Long Run. I found myself screaming along with the crowd. The Eagles looked sharp, played sharper. This is what a classic rock concert should be: talented musicians who've played together on and off for almost 40 years, great songs brought to life with passion and intensity, incredible musicianship all around the damn stage. Every member of the band was note-perfect from start to finish. Seriously. So I missed the second set, but I left the show happy, and I'm pretty damn contented to be home with the prospect of hopping into bed before midnight. That fantastic first set is the show of the summer for me (so far). I'll still pass over the Eagles on the FM radio, but I'll buy a ticket if they tour again.