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The Eagles Soared over South Bay



    The Eagles opened their recent Cricket Wireless show by performing the track "Seven Bridges" for more than 17,000 fans.

    Glenn Frey, the 61-year-old singer/guitarist who served as the band's host for the evening, said, "We're the band that wouldn't die.  This is the assisted living tour," poking fun at the band's long, successful career. 

    Each of the band members are in their early 60s, but the harmonies and melodies that filled the crisp, cold air, sounded ageless.

    Touring behind their album The Long Road out of Eden, the band played "I Don't Want to Hear" and the Grammy-winning "How Long," with bassist Timothy B. Schmit singing lead vocals. "Guilty of the Crime" featured the exhuberant Joe Walsh on the guitar.

    Unlike the Hell Freezes Over Tour, which used bongos as an interlude, the Eagles used a trumpet as interlude into the smash hit "Hotel California," as Don Henley sang and played the drums, with the crowd standing on their feet.  Schmit's tenor-alto vocal chords were flawless as he performed "I Can't Tell You Why." Frey affectionately dedicated "Witchy Woman," from the group's debut album Eagles, to his ex-wife, who he referred to as "plaintiff." Fan favorites, "In the City," "The Long Run" and Henley's "Boys of Summer" concluded the first half of the show.

    The band returned with Frey commenting, "It's never cold in Southern California," as a few band members added additional layers of clothing and were seated on bar stools. Mirroring the first half, three songs were performed from the tour album, including "No More Walks in the Wood."  The band then sang "Waiting in the Weeds" a capella; it was meticuously pitched and in perfect harmony.  "Take It to the Limit," "Love Will Keep Us Alive" and "One of These Nights," were also sang in this intimate song grouping.

    Walsh brought the crowd to their feet again with the guitar heavy "Walk Away."  The energy continued with dance tracks "Heartache Tonight" and "Life in Fast Lane," which received a long standing ovation.

    The first encore was "Take it Easy," followed by Henley's "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," with the final song, "Desperado," concluding an impressive show, with excellent song choices and performance by the Eagles.