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Too much living life in the fast lane for The Eagles
Country Standard Time ^ | 3/23/10 | Jeffrey Remz

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
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I can take or leave the Eagles. They had some good songs but I always felt they took themselves too seriously and could have used an injection of humor.
1 posted on 03/26/2010 12:31:31 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: a fool in paradise

ping


2 posted on 03/26/2010 12:32:50 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Farmville must be eradicated.)
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To: GSWarrior

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.


3 posted on 03/26/2010 12:34:30 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: GSWarrior

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.


4 posted on 03/26/2010 12:34:50 PM PDT by hoe_cake
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To: GSWarrior

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.)


5 posted on 03/26/2010 12:35:40 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: GSWarrior

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.


6 posted on 03/26/2010 12:36:02 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: GSWarrior
When Leadon left, and Meisner, they became commercial/rock/pop and the quality of music declined.
7 posted on 03/26/2010 12:36:47 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: chrisser

Yesterday’s hippies are today’s alt-county artists.


8 posted on 03/26/2010 12:38:01 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Farmville must be eradicated.)
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To: GSWarrior
It seems that a VIP package to a show is going for $850

There's a sucker born every minute.

9 posted on 03/26/2010 12:38:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: LouAvul
FReepmail the Lebowski line to me. Ringing a bell but not registering.

As far as Country; the Eagles song “Already Gone” seemed like a country song more than either rock or pop. To me at least.

10 posted on 03/26/2010 12:38:58 PM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: GSWarrior
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).

Can't say I've heard a peep out of Don Henley about Iran going nuclear.

11 posted on 03/26/2010 12:39:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GSWarrior

I’ll pay to see Joe Walsh alone before I pay to see the Eagles together.


12 posted on 03/26/2010 12:40:23 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

Country ping!


13 posted on 03/26/2010 12:40:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: GSWarrior

It’s capitalism, tho. They just need a few people to buy those tickets. If no one does, they lose nothing. I wouldn’t.


14 posted on 03/26/2010 12:41:36 PM PDT by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: GSWarrior
leading to the 2007 release of "Hell Freezes Over"

Nope. "Hell Freezes Over" was released in 1994.

15 posted on 03/26/2010 12:43:33 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: caver

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.


16 posted on 03/26/2010 12:45:25 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


17 posted on 03/26/2010 12:47:59 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (My respect and admiration for Cmdr. McCain are inversely proportion to my opinion of Sen. McCain.)
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To: JennysCool

Yup. Long Road Out of Eden was released in 2007.


18 posted on 03/26/2010 12:49:26 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Farmville must be eradicated.)
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To: Constitution Day

I wonder what Mojo Nixon would say?


19 posted on 03/26/2010 12:49:35 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: GSWarrior

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.
(GATOR!!)

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...

Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ahh-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah...


20 posted on 03/26/2010 12:52:17 PM PDT by RichInOC (...Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Rho '87..."It isn't gonna be an *orgy*! It's a *toga* party!")
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