PICS: Eagles, Zac Brown Band at Petco Park

Life in the fast lane: The Eagles, the Zac Brown Band and the Doobie Brothers rocked downtown's Petco Park.

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The group's Sept. 22 show featured a career-spanning 26-song set list -- more on that later. (Don Henley pictured)
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Thus far, the tour has featured several notable acts as main support -- some earlier shows this year have boasted Jimmy Buffett and Chris Stapleton -- and their San Diego concert was no different: The Zac Brown Band brought some hearty alt-country to the stage before the Eagles went on.
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Opening the show? None other than classic rock titans Doobie Brothers!
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The Eagles’ current touring lineup features guitarist/drummer/vocalist Don Henley, guitarist/vocalist Joe Walsh and bassist/vocalist Timothy B. Schmit -- alongside new additions guitarist/vocalist Vince Gill and guitarist Deacon Frey, who is filling in for his late father, Glenn Frey.
Henley, pictured left, talked about the younger Frey in an interview earlier this year: "Deacon carries his father’s torch. He carries his father’s spirit. It blows my mind sometimes when I’m sitting at the drums and I’m looking at the back of his head. His hair looks just like his dad’s did in 1974. It’s like deja vu. We’re all like uncles to him, so it very much has a feeling of family. Having Deacon in the band is really the only way it made sense to me. It’s the only thing that, to me, would make it ethically alright to carry this on. And if he hadn’t been able to do it, I don’t know if we would be out there again this year."
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With five No. 1 singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six No. 1 albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Their popularity never waned in the following decades. (Schmidt pictured, left)
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At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, "Greatest Hits (1971–1975)" and "Hotel California," were ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Earlier this year, the RIAA announced that the former had become the greatest selling album in U.S. history, having sold more than 38 million copies. (Walsh pictured)
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In 2017, following the death of Frey, country music superstar and songwriting legend Vince Gill (pictured) joined the band on guitar and vocals.
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The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. (Deacon Frey pictured right)
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During the Sept. 22 show, the band played the following set (according to "Seven Bridges Road," "Take It Easy," "One of These Nights," "Take It to the Limit," "Tequila Sunrise"...
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Followed by "Witchy Woman," "In the City" (a Joe Walsh song), "I Can't Tell You Why," "New Kid in Town," "How Long" (J.D. Souther cover), "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (co-written with San Diego songwriter Jack Tempchin)...
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Along with "Ol' 55" (written by onetime San Diegan Tom Waits), "Lyin' Eyes," "Love Will Keep Us Alive," "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" (written by Vince Gill), "Those Shoes," "Already Gone," "Walk Away" (James Gang cover), "Life's Been Good" (Joe Walsh song)...
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And finished with "The Boys of Summer" (a Don Henley song), "Heartache Tonight," "Funk #49" (James Gang song), and "Life in the Fast Lane." They played "Hotel California" for their first encore. Their second encore consisted of "Rocky Mountain Way" (a Joe Walsh song) and "Desperado."
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The Zac Brown Band provided main support for the show and blew through a 16-song set.
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The band's lineup consists of Zachary "Zac" Brown on lead vocals/guitar, Jimmy De Martini on fiddle/vocals, John Driskell Hopkins on bass/guitar/banjo/ukulele/upright bass/vocals, Coy Bowles on guitar/keyboards, Chris Fryar on drums, Clay Cook on guitar/keyboards/mandolin/steel guitar/vocals, Matt Mangano on bass, and Daniel de los Reyes on percussion.
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The band has released six studio albums along with two live albums, one greatest-hits album, and two EPs. They've also charted 16 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay chart, of which 13 have reached No. 1: "Chicken Fried", "Toes", "Highway 20 Ride", "Free", "As She's Walking Away", "Colder Weather", "Knee Deep", "Keep Me in Mind", "Goodbye in Her Eyes", "Sweet Annie", "Homegrown", "Loving You Easy", and "Beautiful Drug."
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Their first Atlantic album, "The Foundation," is certified triple-platinum by the RIAA while its follow-ups, "You Get What You Give" and "Uncaged" (which debuted at No. 1 with 234,000 sales), are both certified platinum.
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On Sept. 22, they played: "Homegrown," "Knee Deep," "Day That I Die," "Whipping Post" (Allman Brothers Band cover), "As She's Walking Away," "Keep Me in Mind," "My Old Man," "Tomorrow Never Comes," "Enter Sandman" (a Metallica cover)...
Followed by "Sweet Annie," "Isn't She Lovely / Neon," "Colder Weather," "Toes," "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen cover), "Free" / "Into the Mystic" and "Chicken Fried."
Openers the Doobie Brothers (frequently styled as Doobie Bros.) originally hail from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide -- and has been active for five decades, with its greatest success in the 1970s.
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The band's history can be roughly divided into three eras. From 1970 to 1975, it featured lead vocalist Tom Johnston and a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. (Bassist John Cowan pictured, left)
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Johnston quit the group in 1975, and was replaced by Michael McDonald, whose interest in soul music changed the band's sound until it broke up in 1982. The Doobie Brothers reformed in 1987 with Johnston back in the fold.
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Every incarnation of the group emphasized vocal harmonies, with the band being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. What an incredible show all three bands put on; we hope they all return to San Diego soon! (Johnston pictured)
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