I remember hanging out at “the hut” at Windansea Beach in La Jolla during the summer of 1989, the year I graduated from high school. On my Walkman, I repeatedly listened to The End of the Innocence, trying to grasp the reality that my mother had given me three months to find a job and move out.
Don Henley's soothing voice and lyrics resonated with the core of my heart and silenced the screams of fear in my mind.
Henley, the lead singer of the Eagles, will perform a solo concert at Harrah’s Rincon Casino on Sunday. The venue is smaller, of course, than the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, at which his band performed a nearly sold-out show in May 2010. Harrah’s offers a more intimate setting, with the surrounding mountains serving as a natural acoustic effect.
The 64-year-old singer/songwriter will undoubtedly perform his hits "The Boys of Summer" and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” off his 1984 Grammy-award winning album, Building the Perfect Beast. Henley picked up his second Grammy award for Best Male Rock Vocal in 1990 with the album The End of the Innocence, which generated songls like “The Heart of the Matter,” “New York Minute” and the hit title track. Although it's a solo show, fans canl expect to hear classic hits from his time with the Eagles as well; I fully expect “Hotel California” to be performed.
Never in a hurry to sing, Henley instead chronicles his experiences on the road or the history behind a song, giving fans more than just the music. Whether you’re entering adulthood, met an evil woman or not seizing the moment, Henley’s music and career is relatable and relevant.
Tickets cost $55-$200; the show begins at 8 p.m. outside at the Open Sky Theater.