Bt Tom Paille
Thursday, May 19th, 2018
A lot has changed the last time the Eagles played Rogers Arena a few years ago. A couple new faces are trying to fill the aching void of iconic member, the late Glenn Frey. Frey’s son Deacon, and legendary country guitar wiz Vince Gill have the talent and the genes to make this version work, but in a different light. Gill, “the 61 year-old newcomer” can do no wrong. Playing rhythm or taking lead, his guitar work is impeccable. Between Deacon and Vince, they perform Glenn’s songs admirably, and with reverence.
Don Henley seemed a bit reserved but had some great stories about Eagles in the early days with Glenn that really highlighted the songwriting brilliance they shared. Joe Walsh was his usual, loopy self. Whether playing his songs, Eagles’ classics or even an old James Gang tune, the guitar fans present were in heaven. Timothy B. Schmidt very eloquently thanked the fans for the many years of support, from his very first show with the Eagles in Canada, through the down years, to present day. Due to an injury, he played the entire night seated, with his one foot elevated in a walking boot. Always a trooper!
The best part of an Eagles concert is that each song sounds almost as if you just dropped the needle on to the record, sounding just as good live. An added bonus for to the was a five-piece horn section on a few selections that was electrifying. Add in a couple extra singers and you have a double four-part harmony, sounding heavenly. Things will change in any band, but with the Eagles, fans of all ages will always return for the hits, and the memories.