Live Review: The Eagles in Los Angeles

The venerable Forum south of downtown Los Angeles showed off a crisp new suit of clothes on Wednesday (1/15) as its opening month tenants the Eagles likewise buffed up a new shine on their storied set. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

The venerable Forum south of downtown Los Angeles showed off a crisp new suit of clothes on Wednesday (1/15) as its opening month tenants the Eagles likewise buffed up a new shine on their storied set.

On the venue side of things, the building, now operating under Madison Square Garden ownership, vows to stage just music--no sports, no ice shows, no circuses. And all looks shiny and new outside and in.

Tickets are checked out on the walkway ramps, leaving the outdoor concourse as a place to take a drink, wolf down a concession snack or have a conversation away from the din inside. One amenity that isn't part of the refresh is deeper rows, but without blowing out and rebuilding massive amount of concrete, that's just not possible with the old bones of the room.

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The buzzworthy accomplishment of the venue rehab, beyond the crisp visuals at every turn, is a lush sound system that hosted the gentle, lower-decibel offerings of the Eagles with nary a hiccup. The house mix seemed to temporarily lose a couple of Joe Walsh guitar breaks, but the system was impeccable.

At roughly 8:25, Don Henley and Glenn Frey took the stage with a pair of acoustic guitars and launched into the 1973 gem, "Saturday Night," from the "Desperado" album.

What followed was a Storytellers-style chronology of the band's formation and recorded output, with early member Bernie Leadon later joined by Joe Walsh fleshing out guitar duties during the first set, with a nod to the missing Randy Meisner.

After a brief intermission, Bernie was gone and the outstanding Stuart Smith picked up the Don Felder side of the guitar baton. Leadon returned during the encore to crank up the twang for Take It Easy.

Given the evolution--or some might say non-evolution--of Eagles live offerings since the Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994, it was inspiring to see some deeper cuts make their way to the stage. Gone are the forays into Henley and Frey solo projects. In play are the likes of "Doolin Dalton," "Pretty Maids All In A Row," "Already Gone," "Those Shoes" and "Train Leaves Here This Morning."

Amid the Eagles standard of rich harmonies and nuanced, technically perfect reproductions of the words and music of their lauded recordings, the new show pulls back the curtain and allows some heart into the mix.

Setlist
Saturday Night
Train Leaves Here This Morning
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Witchy Woman
Doolin Dalton
Tequila Sunrise
Doolin Dalton Reprise/Desperado Reprise
Already Gone
Best Of My Love
Lyin' Eyes
One Of These Nights
Take It To The Limit
Pretty Maids All In A Row
I Can't Tell You Why
New Kid In Town
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Heartache Tonight
Those Shoes
In The City
Life's Been Good
The Long Run
Funk 49
Life In The Fast Lane

Encore
Seven Bridges Road
How Long
Hotel California
Take It Easy
Rocky Mountain Way
Desperado

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January 2014
18 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
22 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
24, 25 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
28 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
29 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
31 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center

February 2014
15, 16 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
19 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
21 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
23 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
24 - Atlanta, GA - Phillips
26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
28 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena

March 2014
1 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
3 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
5 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena

May 2014
22, 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
25 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
28, 29 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - LG Arena Birmingham
31 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - The Hydro

June 2014
2 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - The Hydro
4, 6 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
16, 18, 20 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Arena
23 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Leeds Arena
25 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Phones4U Arena

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