Eagles Soar In Dublin Epic

by James Hendicott

70s superstars Eagles still have the best selling record of all time in America, and with streaming now the norm it’s unlikely to ever be beaten.

Their trip to Dublin last weekend, which saw them headline a boisterous Aviva Stadium, saw them deliver a truly career-spanning, timeless performance to a packed out stadium.

Glenn Frey passed in 2016, but with his son Deacon Frey filling on a few key vocals (he has the old man’s pipes), messrs Henley, Walsh, Schmit and Gill were in sparkling form as they ran through a series of smash hits accompanied by a spattering of their solo work, lighting up the stadium venue with sparklingly note-perfect reproductions of the records and plenty of charisma.

In a setlist that never went three songs without a household anthem given a run through, the band played over two hours, working past ‘Lyin Eyes’, ‘One Of Those Nights’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and ‘Best Of My Love’ as they edged towards a heavier second half of their set.

Frey jr appeared for ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, mass sing-alongs amid the 40,000 plus in attendance, before Don Henley’s iconic ‘Boys Of Summer’ fed into a heady series of slightly lesser-known, bass-led tracks that shook the stadium’s foundations.

For an encore, the LA natives snuck back on stage with the lights down and kicked into ‘Hotel California’, before closing with ‘Desperado’ and their traditional set-ender ‘Already Gone’. The show, which, given their ages and infrequent touring schedule, could easily be Eagles last in Ireland, drew plenty of tourists from the band’s native US and was riddled with emotion at times. A beautiful example of a band that are, if anything, better live, showing nothing but respect for the way their material is put across.

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