Skip to comments.Too much living life in the fast lane for The Eagles
Posted on 03/26/2010 12:31:31 PM PDT by GSWarrior
When The Eagles were hot and ultra-happening in the 1970's, they were not considered country at all. They were really part of the California soft rock scene along with folks like Linda Ronstadt, Souther Hillman Furay and Jackson Browne.
Somewhere along the line, that all changed. Maybe in hindsight it started with a country tribute disc to The Eagles, "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles," way back in 1993. Of course, The Eagles were shall see inactive for a long time until they regrouped and started touring again, eventually leading to the 2007 release of "Hell Freezes Over."
By that point, The Eagles were considered part of the country crowd- showing up at awards shows (The Eagles made their awards show debut on Nov. 7, 2007, when they performed How Long live at the Country Music Association Awards) and getting played on country radio.
And Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit have toured behind that album off and on for more than two years. It's going to continue again, this summer, of course, with a tour featuring The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban. Obviously based on the opening acts, The Eagles continue going for the country crowd.
But it seems in their infinite wisdom to keep milking the CD, the group also is trying to milk their audience. It seems that a VIP package to a show is going for $850, at least the "5 Star VIP Package" is.
What does that get you? A ticket in the first 10 rows. Plus a pre-show party, including dinner & drinks. An exclusive Eagles gift. Hassle-free entrance to the venue. Crowd-free merchandise shopping. A 5 star commemorative laminate. An on-site host. Not to mention parking.
This is the same band that included Henley going super green (to his credit, I might add) over Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau once toiled in the 19th century and having a conscious in general about a variety of issues (No Nukes for example).
Has the quartet's money gone down the tubes in the economic decline? Maybe they need a new financial adviser.
I have no problems seeing The Eagles. I hope to see them myself this summer, but hey guys it's tough times out there in case you weren't aware from your perch. Obviously no folks on the unemployment lines are going for the VIP tickets. I couldn't find out how much tickets were for other seats, but The Eagles tix have been priced sky high since they resumed touring.
Guess life in the fast lane has done a number on The Eagles and being kind to their fans in tough times.
I’ve never seen the Eagles live and won’t for the prices they want. Besides, they have to be one of the most played bands on the radio. I have heard each of their songs, what seems like million times.
Saw them in 2008 at a new outdoor amphitheatre near Atlanta. What a performance!!!!!! One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.
But not worth $850...not at least till Hell freezes over.
I always remember Jeff Bridges’ line in “The Big Lebowski” re the Eagles. (Yes, I know, the movie was full of profanity, but that line still sticks in my mind.)
As much as mainstream country stations suck these days, I can’t say I’ve heard the Eagles played there.
I like the Eagles, but when I’m in the mood for country, they’re just not what I want to hear.
Of course, neither is Taylor Swift and I have to listen to that whining shrew every time I turn on the radio.
Yesterday’s hippies are today’s alt-county artists.
There's a sucker born every minute.
As far as Country; the Eagles song “Already Gone” seemed like a country song more than either rock or pop. To me at least.
Can't say I've heard a peep out of Don Henley about Iran going nuclear.
I’ll pay to see Joe Walsh alone before I pay to see the Eagles together.
It’s capitalism, tho. They just need a few people to buy those tickets. If no one does, they lose nothing. I wouldn’t.
Nope. "Hell Freezes Over" was released in 1994.
And I assure you, each of their songs in concert sounds EXACTLY like it does on the radio...no “jamming”...no spontaneity. Nice stage and lots of pretty lights, tho.
Haven’t heard him say a word about his lyrics either.
We’re beating plowshares into swords for that tired old man that we elected king re. Reagan bankrupting the Soviet Union
I’ll just continue to ignore his political opinions, then, why don’t I? They would all do well just to shut up and sing.
Yup. Long Road Out of Eden was released in 2007.
I wonder what Mojo Nixon would say?
There was beer all over the dance floor
And the band was playin’ rhythm and blues
You got down and did the gator
And half an hour later
You were barfin’ all over your girlfriend’s shoes,
But the Greeks don’t want no freaks.
The Greeks don’t want no freaks
Just put a little smile on them rosy cheeks,
‘Cause the Greeks don’t want no freaks.
She was the pride and the passion of Dixie
She did exactly what her daddy had planned.
She was the perfect little sister
Until somebody missed her
And found her in the bushes with the boys in the band,
But the Greeks don’t want no freaks
The Greeks don’t want no freaks
So put a great big smile on them rosy cheeks,
‘Cause the Greeks don’t want no freaks
No, the Greeks don’t want no freaks
Said, the Greeks don’t want no freaks
Just put that monster smile on them rosy cheeks
‘Cause the Greeks don’t want no freaks
No, the Greeks don’t want no freaks...
I bring up Iran (and just about added France) because one way for the US to remain on firm ground compared to other nations is to EXPORT LIBERALISM.
Raise the minimum wage to $6.50 an hour in Mexico and you’d see fewer migrant workers. You’d see less exploitation.
If the US can’t have nuclear power than neither can Europe and neither can the third world.
Mojo is 99% retired from singing these days (although he has a radio show on Sirius).
Don Henley Must Die!!
I know what The Dude (a.k.a. Jeffrey Lebowski) would say, too:
“I had a rough night, and I hate the f***ing Eagles, man!”
The Dixie Chicks.
I just saved some of you some money!
Don Henley Must Die!
Remember Glen Frey in a story arc on the 80s TV show Wiseguy?
Wasn’t Blondie on the show too?
All the DVD releases of that particular storyline are minus the music. Guess they didn't want to pony up for the rights to the music.
The first six studio albums were great. Nobody writes lyrics like Henley/Frey. The last album released a few years ago was horrible, notwithstanding the moonbattery, it was just awful.
Crime Story was another 80's cop show I liked a lot.
The Dude Abides!
I would pay $850 for the 5 Star VIP Package”.
A ticket in the first 10 rows. Plus a pre-show party, including dinner & drinks. An exclusive Eagles gift. Hassle-free entrance to the venue. Crowd-free merchandise shopping. A 5 star commemorative laminate. An on-site host. Not to mention parking.
That seems like a good deal to me.
Thank you for that public service!
When my wife and I had our first apartment, the neighbor upstairs would come home every Friday night at 11 pm, and like clockwork, play the Eagles live album on his stereo on full blast, starting with “Hotel California.” What a pest. He’d get about 3 songs in before the building manager, myself, or someone else would pound on the door to make him stop.
Sorry, haven’t like the Eagles since.
The only Eagle song I admit liking is Peaceful Easy Feeling.
Maybe you have not heard the Eagles singing some of there song on country radio but you may have some of these:
Desperado by Clint Black
Take It Easy by Travis Tritt
I Can’t Tell You Why by Vince Gill
Heartache Tonight by John Anderson
All 4 of these are from the Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles album done in 1993.
Clint Black does Desperado as one of his tunes on his road shows.
Mojo Nixon Bump
I was never a fan of the Eagles and the first line of the article may nail it: “When The Eagles were hot and ultra-happening in the 1970’s, they were not considered country at all.”
They may not have been considered country back then, but knowing what I do about music now, and knowing that I hated all country music at the time, I can see why I didn’t like them.
However, I saw their Live in Austrailia DVD and bought it. They are now one of my favorite bands. I also finished the book “Hotel California” a few months ago (in spite of the title, it is not about the Eagles) and it really opened my eyes to the environment that created the whole scene back then.
The quality of musicianship in their live shows is remarkable. As a live musician myself, I really appreciate that.
Hotel California, all the songs on the album, pretty much pegged L.A. in the 70s.
And they did write the ultimate summer nostalgia song, Boys of Summer. Pretty sweet.
A lot of times, it isn’t the song that makes the genre, but the performance.
Not always - much hip hop is never going to cross over into CW and Taylor Swift seems to have a knack of making any song sound like it is sung by a disturbed 14 year old.
Off the top of my head, I do recall hearing Travis Tritt cover Take It Easy - I though it sounded so much like the Eagles that it may as well have been.
Of course, if most CW wasn’t essentially pop already, then a little pop with a twang wouldn’t be so bad. My market only has two CW stations - one is clearchannel - nuf said. The other seems to be trying to imitate clearchannel.
It’s like R&B/HipHop infiltrated Pop, so pop infiltrated Country and now those of us who really liked Country don’t have a home, at least on the FM airwaves.
Guess I’ll have to break down and get a PC in my workshop so I can stream some decent stations from TN or thereabouts.
I am in my 50s and I’ve never been to a rock concert. When I was younger, I was busy working and going to school, so I didn’t have time.
I’d change my mind and take the whole family if the Rolling Stones had a concert and I could get tickets and it didn’t break the budget. Meanwhile, there is always You Tube and the concert dvd I got my son for Christmas.
I’m trying to get my band to do “All She Wants To Do is Dance” and “You Belong to the City”. Those are great danceables.
Henley's good at appearing on neither side, but in concert he's one of the jerk rock & roller's who've taken swipes at George Bush to make points with the sheep in the crowd. He says he's an independent politically, for what it's worth.
And also for what it's worth, Supposedly Witchy Woman is about Ronald Reagan's daughter.
Boys of Summer. That’s the other one I want to do. Those three are my favorite Eagles songs. The live Austrailian DVD version of that song is really awesome.
I hold the Eagles responsible spawning the untalented Firefall.
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