Rock And Roll Legends The Eagles Are Still Soaring After 47 Years
After the death of founding member and lead singer Glenn Frey in 2016, Don Henley had declared that the Eagles were over.
“I don’t see how we could go out and play without the guy who started the band,” said Henley just after his close friend's death at the age of 67.
However, following on from the rock icon's death, it seems Henley's had a change of heart, bringing new life into the group through the late singer's son, Deacon Frey. As well as this, longtime friend and country star in his own right Vince Gill has also joined Henley and Timothy B. Schmit on tour since 2017.
After opening Wednesday's show with "Seven Bridges Road", each member of the group greeted the packed crowd as Henley told the packed arena:
"We're not the same band we once were. It's about the songs now, and what they mean to you."
Taking the reins on what were previously his father's vocals, Deacon Frey impressed the crowd as he performed the night’s second song "Take It Easy" to rapturous applause from the audience.
Meanwhile, Gill took the mic for a solid rendition of "Take It To The Limit" and "Tequila Sunrise", before an always-quirky Joe Walsh greeted the crowd with, “I spent eight months here one night; at least that was what the police report said”.
While all original members may have not been in attendance -- their latest tour was the first in Australia since Glenn Frey's death -- there was no feeling of the rockers' show being incomplete as the band rocked out for an impressive two-and-a-half hours, taking on almost the entirety of their catalogue.
Alongside their most-loved hits -- with "Hotel California", "Lyin’ Eyes", "Heartache Tonight" and "Desperado" being stand outs -- Gill, Henley and Walsh spiced things up with tracks of their own.
Henley sang his hugely popular hit "Boys of Summer" with the same veracity as he did decades ago, and Walsh performed his cheeky party rock anthem "Life's Been Good" as well as "Rocky Mountain Way", much to the enjoyment of the enthusiastic crowd.
As Henley said, they aren't the same band they once were, but to witness the group's genuine happiness performing with one another, along with bearing witness to Deacon Frey carrying on the torch of his father's legacy, it made for one all-round terrific show.
The Eagles will play their second Sydney show at Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday, March 14.