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Review: The Eagles offer familiar hits, harmonies at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

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Even if you hate the f---ing Eagles, man, you know their catalog by heart. Everyone with access to an FM radio does. And that's why a sold-out crowd of 16,113 packed into the Tampa Bay Times Forum to hear the group deliver hit after hit after hit: Hotel California, Heartache Tonight, Life in the Fast Lane, Life's Been Good, Witchy Woman, I Can't Tell You Why... the setlist went on and on and on, for three solid hours.

Sean Daly was there, and he writes:

Who knows? Maybe all that Eagles bashing in The Big Lebowski has sparked the band. The show was carefully, lovingly crafted, History of the Eagles being the tour title; the set list unveiled from the start, way back in 1971, when the young scruffs were backing up Linda Ronstadt. Don Henley, now 66, and Glenn Frey, 65, took to a spare stage at first, just the two of them, one of the most vital, but volatile songwriting duos in rockdom, sharing old acoustic tune Saturday Night. Henley's voice, especially that falsetto, was particularly potent.

Then, one by one — banjo ace Bernie Leadon, bassist Timothy B. Schmit, gunslinger Joe Walsh — they expanded along with the size of the hits: Peaceful Easy Feeling, Witchy Woman, which was slowed to a blues-boogie, Walsh's serpentine licks adding a nice update.

Click here for Sean's full review of the Eagles in Tampa.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:05am]

    

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