The Eagles Live @
“The Rose Garden” in Portland Oregon 06-13-2002
The POP Music Journal of Eric Turnbow
06-13-2002″The Eagles” is one of those Super Groups, that all song writers love to analyze and emulate. The combination of talent in that band is unbelievable, with the force of Don Henly, Glenn Fry, Joe Walsh, and yes even the bass man Timothy B. Schmidt. They compose slices of life, that the whole world can relate to. We are lucky that “Hell Finally Froze Over” in 1994, and the boys of summer were reunited to play music for the first time in some 14 years. If you get the opportunity to go to an Eagles Live Concert, you best better do it, just in case lightening refuses to strike again!
This reviewer was lucky enough to see the legendary band at the Tacoma Dome in Washington State, on November 3, 1994. Everything was $85 that night. The concert tickets, as well as the “Ramada Hotel” right next door that included FREE parking for my date as well as myself that night. Great cocktail lounge with the famous Electric Ice Tea to party at before and after the show, before retiring to your room…… So convenient! But that is another story. My job tonight is to review the most recent “Eagles 2002 Tour”.
This one was in Oregon State, city of Portland at “The Rose Garden” where the “Portland Trailblazers” play Pro basketball. The show took place on June 13th 2002, about a two hour drive on beautiful Interstate Five Southbound, coming from home town of Olympia Washington. This was a three hour plus romp with a 20 minute break in the middle. A beautiful day, the sun was out and everything was glorious!
We arrived, parked, and entered the venue. The band came on and announced they were thrilled to be out on tour, and then proceeded to play almost all of their best hits, and some enticing solo gems as well. It’s amazing that Joe Walsh was able to cover songs the played with one of his early groups “James Gang” from the early seventies, and both Glenn Fry and Don Henly had allot of success in the Eighties when MTV was all the rage, they both were releasing relevant music, which they featured on tour this particular evening in Oregon.
EAGLES SET LIST SET ONE: Opener at 8:15 pm
- The Long Run
- New Kid In Town
- Wasted Time
- Peaceful Easy Feeling
- Pretty Maids All In a Row
- Love Will keep Us Alive
- Boys Of Summer (Solo Henly Tune)
- Take It To The Limit (One of Rocks best WALTZES!)
- All ready Gone
- In The City
- One Of These Nights
- (20 minute break)
- Witchy Woman
- Lyin’ Eyes
- I Can’t Tell You Why
- Walk Away (James Gang Gem by Joe Walsh)
- Tequila Sunrise
- Down At The Sunset Grill (Another Henly Solo Tune)
- We Belong To The City:(Glen Fry Solo gem from “Miami Vice” Sound track in 1985)
- Dirty Laundry (Rocking Henly Solo Material)
- Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh Solo Tune)
- Funk 49 (Another James Gang Gem)
- Heartache Tonight
- Life In The Fast Lane
ENCORE #01 Hotel California (FM Radio Staple, their most famous to date)
ENCORE #02 Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh Classic)
ENCORE #03 All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Solo Henly)
ENCORE #04 Take It Easy (Co-written by Jackson Brown)
ENCORE #05 Desperado (Quiet Classic as sung by Glenn Fry, the co-writer).
This concert rocked! The songs all speck for themselves and remain classics to this day. Even country superstar Garth Brooks has said “The Eagles” were one of the most influential bands in the development of his musical style! High praise from a guy who has sold about the same amount of albums in his own right. Good song writing makes a good band, and tonight was no exception. I rate this one with a big fat “A”. I will try to catch them again, if we as a human race are lucky enough to have such a rare and outstanding moment to occur again! THUMBS UP…….. WAY UP!!!!!!!!!!
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