The Eagles fly high in Vancouver with boosts from Bernie and Joe

At Rogers Arena on Friday, Sept. 6

The concert the Eagles put on at Rogers Arena last night was way more enjoyable than the one they played at the hockey rink three years ago as part of the Long Road Out of Eden Tour.

For one thing, this time around the setlist wasn't bogged down with throwaway tunes from the 2007 Long Road Out of Eden double album.

For another thing, the current History of the Eagles tour includes appearances on several numbers by original member Bernie Leadon, who played a big part in their early success, having cowritten "Witchy Woman" and played lead guitar on "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", and "Tequila Sunrise".

And thirdly, it never hurts when lovable guitar hero Joe Walsh is in top form.

The show kicked off with just Don Henley and Glenn Frey dueting on vocals and acoustic guitars on the mellow "Saturday Night" before they called Leadon out to sing lead on "Train Leaves Here This Morning", a song he cowrote with the Byrds' Gene Clark for the Eagles' self-titled 1972 debut album.

The next tune, "Peaceful Easy Feeling", saw the arrival of bassist-vocalist Timothy B. Schmit, and then for a funkified version of "Witchy Woman" Walsh joined the fray.

With all five guys lined up and singing away there was no shortage of great harmonies; when Leadon left the stage after a few more songs his vocal spot was filled by ace touring guitarist Steuart Smith, who was hired by the group in 2001 after Don Felder was fired.

Since Felder has fought legal battles with Henley and Frey since being sacked he wasn't invited back for the History tour. Original bassist-vocalist Randy Meisner was, but couldn't take part because of health issues. Frey wished him the best before the band played the 1975 Meisner had written and sung, "Take It to the Limit".

After 10 songs--all taken from their first four studio albums--the Eagles took a break, and when they returned Walsh comandeered the mike to croon "Pretty Maids All in a Row", a ballad he wrote with drummer Joe Vitale for the band's fifth (and most successful) disc, Hotel California. Set 2 also featured five songs from the '79 album The Long Run, running the gamut from the mediocre ("Heartache Tonight") to the gorgeous ("I Can't Tell You Why").

No one bothered to explain why the standout track "King of Hollywood" didn't make the setlist.

The song from The Long Run that got the biggest audience response was the Walsh-written and -sung "In the City", which was originally recorded for the soundtrack to director Walter Hill's amazing 1979 street-gang flick The Warriors. Walsh continued to rule the night with his tongue-in-cheek '78 solo smash "Life's Been Good" and the rifftastic "Funk #49", the 1970 hit by his first band of note, the James Gang.

And everyone seemed to enjoy the goofy video of him in a Godzilla suit destroying a city before playing air-guitar in the rubble.

After Walsh had stolen the crowd's heart neither Henley nor Frey could quite win it back with their respective encore performances of "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy".

Who says nice guys finish last?

The Eagles play Rogers Arena again tonight (September 7). Tix at www.livenation.com/.

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Pat Crowe
What the hell, Newt?
I would rather chew on tinfoil while shaving my head with a cheese grater than sit through another Eagles snore fest.
I am very disappointed you guys didn't do a revue of Gary Numan. You really missed out on that one!
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Steve O
Third time seeing them and the best. Great show. Give yourself a treat and go see them tonight for their second show.
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Luana Ravalico
The concert seems to have been very good with everything going right and all being in good shape and good moods. Awfully successful team with great music!
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Elizabeth S
Sounds like a great show. I hope they they bring this tour to Europe and Ireland. But I would not dismiss LROOE songs, and any version of 'Heartache Tonight' that I've seen Glenn Frey perform live has never been mediocre. And I've seen him solo and with the band 7 times now.

Looking forward to going to see The Eagles in New York in November. It ant come soon enough!
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Toni Robbins
I was at the Eagles concert last night. My first time seeing them after being a fan for 40 years. They were fabulous. Near the end I could see they were realizing why we love their music. It was bittersweet, it made me cry. They were so graceous, they gave us 3 encores. A real class act. Im so glad I finally got to see them.
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MarkFornataro
@Pat Crowe
To anyone who slags the Eagles I say- you can't hide them lyin' ears
and its clear
you had too many beers...
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J Myles
Definitely an awesome show! Like any true great rock band they sounded better live than on the albums. Walsh was amazing. Last 1/3 of the show including encores was for me the best part. Anyone complaining it was too mellow must have been one of those old curmudgeons leaving before the end because beating the crowds to get to his car has somehow become more important than SEEING THE EAGLES.
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Agree
@J Myles - I was at the Saturday show, and the people who skipped the encores missed the best part of the show - the encores rocked. And oh, my heart almost stopped beating when they ended it with "Desperado". Amazing - Henley's still got it.
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LilianT
I went to the Friday night concert which was out of this world. Straight onto the laptop the second I got home to get myself a ticket for Saturday - SO grateful there was one still available for me to snap up. I would have these guys play at my wedding if I ever lost my mind and decided to get married again! OMG - I missed them when they played in England somewhere far too close to 40 years ago for my liking, and have always lived with that regret. Always. It's been a long run...but now twice in 24 hours! I can die happy...well, maybe not quite yet, but OMG! Talk about mega bucket list moments :-D Wish I could find better words to describe, but I can't, so I will just continue to wallow in the afterglow...Thanks Eagles. Truly, thanks
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Cara
Saturday night was the 5th time i had seen the Eagles live going back to the 70's when the band was just Henley, Frey, Meisner and Leadon. I missed the Long Road Out of Eden Tour but i caught all of the other major tours. Last night was different. It wasn't a rock concert, it was about music appreciation and celebrating the flawless songwriting and presentation of those songs that we all know and love. I loved when Henley and Frey laughed at Joe...being Joe! Walsh was great as usual.
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Pat Crowe
At least Don Felder gets full pay for each and every show they do without him after the entitled rock stars put him out. Don sued...and won. You know Don Felder, right? The guy who plays the guitar intro to and sings Hotel California on the Hell Freezes Over album.
Don got fed up with the poncy band members all taking seperate planes, seperate hotels and the stratospheric prices being charged to the fans. 240 bucks a tic for the last two tours. It's all an act on stage. They can't stand each other, way too much ego on one stage.
The Eagles are disengenous, way past best before due date, prima donnas to say the least.

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Dave
I went and saw the Eagles for the first time on Friday...and it was amazing. Don`s voice-still perfect. Joe-still crazy (love it). Timothy-incredible voice. Glenn-still great. These guys put on a hell of a show.

@Pat Crow(e). Quit your sqwaking. Whether you want to admit it or not...Frey and Henley PICKED the other members. They are the founders of the band and wrote most of the music. And Felder was always a problem. THE problem. The problem....was solved. And he did not "win". The lawsuits....on both sides were consolidated and settled out of court."Don got fed up"??!! Don was a whiny selfish prick who acted like a martyr. Uh, and 240 bucks a ticket? Really? Mine was 90 bucks. And there is no act on stage. They are very happy. You can see it. Felder isn`t there to cry that he doesn`t make the same as others when he doesn`t deserve to. Those guys had a blast last night....and so did everyone who saw it. Of course, you weren`t there...you are just a Felder fan boy who can`t accept the fact that when you cause trouble on the job all the time.....you eventually get fired.
Oh, and The Eagles were AWESOME, by the way.
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Steve Newton
So you're not a fan, then? Is that what you're getting at Crowedaddy?
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Lee O.
I was so fortunate to see the Eagles show on Saturday night, a much yearned for item on my bucket list. I was mesmerized, amazed. and even in tears at certain moments. Wow! 1971 and through all of their trials, tribulations and issues as a group...not to mention their personal lives. To me - I have been to many concerts in my day, with amazing performers, light shows, etc....BUT this concert was the most truly AMAZING!!!! Don Henley never, ever disappoints (love the end of innocence but I knew it was about them and not him), Glenn Frey....what can I say you sent shivers down my spine, made me cry and absolutely blew me away with Desperado.. A song I feel is one of the best songs of all times. Timothy your hair is amazing, and you rock as usual no. surprise there.....and then the most amazing guitar player, performer, real, honest and totally what you see is what get kind of guy......JOE WALSH!!!! I have seen many concerts with amazing guitar performers, but never have I seen a guitar played so real and with passion from both the head and heart. No jumping, dancing, or fancy props or lights.....just this amazing guitar player!!! Joe Walsh your amazing and so real!!! So as an end note.....it is so refreshing and enjoyable to watch an amazing group such as the Eagles each sing and preform the songs that they wrote or had a big hand in writing. And the way the entire band can play various instruments each! Simply amazing and way, way more than I expected. If I could I would fly to Edmonton and see them again forever. But instead I will continue to play and sing their songs as I have for over 30 years and cross this off my bucket list with a huge sense of accomplishment. The Eagles have always been one of the greatest bands of all times, they are real and they sing from their hearts as they always have!! Not one disappointment.....well the line to the ladies room was insane during intermission. Definitely a night to remember!!!!!'
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Deb Chand
Went to the concert on Saturday - one word: AMAZING! A true music performance.... felt like I was sitting in their living room shootin' the breeze... Could not have asked for a better night...Way to go guys - thanks for the great time!
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Pat Crowe
Nope Steve, I'm not.
They don't play any Ramones songs.
I'm way too wound to have any peaceful easy feelings.
I do like that Heavy Metal song by Felder tho.
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Liz Duncan
Went to the concert Friday nite....oh my God what can I say.....have been to quite a few of their concerts and they just get better.Joe Walsh put on such a great show.....what a guitar player.They are all great musicians,! Hope they come back soon!!! Worth the $200.00 I spent on my ticket.Three encores!




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@Crowe
The worst kind of punk is a punk that needs to tell people he's punk, in the worst way possible. Invoking the Ramones? Yeah, okay, we "get it" - you're "punk". Sure, uh huh.
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Tina
Not impressed. Slow concert - did not get crowd into it. did not have to talk about the history behind every song.
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dan
Only Two original members its not the Eagles . Well Leadon was there for a tune or two . Felder no Meisner .not the Eagles.
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