Eagles Tickets Announced for 40th Anniversary Tour
Rock and roll icons the Eagles have been on a slow-motion tour since 2008 in support of their 2007 album Long Road Out Of Eden. The album, likely to be the last for the group, is the first to feature completely new songs since 1979. Eagles tickets to shows in 2012 are in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. The current lineup includes Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.
The tour this fall kicks off at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 1 and 2. They are also scheduled to appear at the MGM Grand Hotel on November 17. Since the musicians also have busy solo careers, there are no other dates currently scheduled. As schedules open up, more dates might be added in late 2012 or 2013. A VIP package is available that includes a dinner party prior to the concert, gift bag and other perks.
The anniversary tour will likely showcase hits from the band’s entire career. In a November, 2011 statement announcing the tour, Joe Walsh said archival materials would form the visual backdrop for the concerts. The band planned at that time to put together a unique show to celebrate their longevity.
Long Road Out Of Eden was a critical and commercial success. It hearkened back to the country rock roots of the band, yet managed to score five spots on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. Two songs also made the Hot Country Songs list. The Eagles received two Grammys for How Long and I Dreamed There Was No War. It was their sixth number one album. Since it was a long double album, it has been certified 3X platinum.
Since their rancorous parting of the ways in 1980, the various members have all pursued separate careers. Because they never formally and legally dissolved the band, they preferred to characterize the 14 year hiatus as a vacation. Since their reunion in 1994, the band has proven they still have the chops and writing abilities that characterized the band during the 1970s.
Concerts in support of their subsequent albums showed all the range and technique of earlier years. Strong pure vocals and lithe guitar work still are hallmarks of the band’s performance. The concerts in the last few years have been taut and smooth, and have typically lasted two or three hours.
Their comeback was inspired in part by Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles, a compilation by various country stars. Travis Tritt’s insistence on the Eagles performing on a video of Take It Easy persuaded the four current members along with Don Felder to reunite. Felder was fired in 2001. The subsequent lawsuits were settled in 2007.
Hopefully, the band members will be able to work more shows into their schedules. Walsh, in particular, is touring heavily to support his solo career, so it’s unclear whether other opportunities to hear the legendary group will materialize.