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posted Friday, May 28, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 22
The Eagles still amazing after all these years
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The Eagles still amazing after all these years

by Albert Rodriguez SGN A&E Writer

The Eagles
May 26
Key Arena


The Eagles more than made up for their absence two weeks ago, when bass player Timothy B. Schmidt was treated at Swedish Hospital here in Seattle for sudden illness. As a result, the band postponed several dates on their tour, including the Key Arena show on Wednesday night.

Opening acoustically with "Seven Bridges Road," group members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Schmidt stood at the foot of the stage, grayer than usual and physically out of shape, yet harmonious and remarkable. "How Long" was next on the first half of the set list, split in two with an intermission in between.

"Sorry we're a little bit late," joked Frey to the packed audience on the main floor and three levels of the sports arena. "Check your ticket stub. This is The Eagles' assisted living tour." With that, they lunged into "I Don't Want to Hear Any More," a third consecutive track from 2007's Long Road Out of Eden.

The lights dimmed and a lone trumpet player gave a Spanish flair intro to "Hotel California," listed by several critics and national music publications as one of the best recorded singles of all time. With a backdrop of the original album cover, after which the song was titled, the beginning chords of "Hotel California" were strummed with the softest rattle of a cymbal, and then gradually picked up with some intense guitar work at the very end. It was riveting, as great as I'd ever dreamed of hearing it live. The Eagles received a well-deserved standing ovation that lasted for about a minute immediately afterward.

"Peaceful Easy Feeling" was beautiful, as was "Lyin' Eyes," but even better was a stirring version of "I Can't Tell You Why," featuring Schmidt on lead vocals and Frey on keyboards. "Witchy Woman" earned the Eagles another standing ovation, and it also proved that despite their ages - in their 50s and 60s - they can still sing amazingly well, especially Henley who wailed on his own trademark hit, "Boys of Summer." The first set closed out with "The Long Run."

The concert's second half began with the band sitting down at the foot of the stage again, and singing a few songs acoustically, including a newer number called "No More Cloudy Days."

Frey introduced "Take It to the Limit" as a tune his daughter Taylor refers to as "The Credit Card Song." Incidentally, she was in the audience at Key Arena, flying in all the way from New York with a group of friends en route to this weekend's Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge.

"One of These Nights" was flawless and received eruptive cheers from all corners of the venue, as did a pair of solo hits from two Eagles - Walsh's "Life is Good" and Henley's "Dirty Laundry." The pop-rock quartet capped the main set with "Life in the Fast Lane," as most of the main floor concertgoers stood, clapped, and sang along cheerfully to every word.

The Eagles performed a fo

ur-song encore, including "Take It Easy" and a sensational, climaxing performance of "Desperado" led by Henley. For a group that's been together four decades, through good and not-so-good times, it was impressive to hear just how terrific they sounded live. While songs late in their catalog don't measure up to the band's earlier material, they still know how to jam and put on a fantastic show from start to finish. I went into the Eagles concert expecting a decent performance, and left totally wowed.

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