When you have a “hit list” like [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm], it’s not so much a question of what to play, it’s more like “how do we fit everything in a 2 hour set?”
The Eagles pulled it off.
Despite some criticism from the “hard cores” (I call them indie-freaks), I think choosing a band like [lastfm]The Eagles [/lastfm]to close out a massive music festival such as ACL was a great idea. About 65 thousand of my “closest friends” agreed.
The weather was perfect under a clear moonlit sky. That itself made it perfect to jam out to “Hotel California.”
With all four original members- [lastfm]Timothy B. Schmidt[/lastfm], [lastfm]Glenn Frey[/lastfm], [lastfm]Joe Walsh[/lastfm] (who had an amazing solo with his hit “Life’s Been Good”) and Texan [lastfm]Don Henley [/lastfm]present and accounted for, the crowd did exactly what an audience does after enduring 3 days of live music- jam.
And how could you not jam with a set list like this-
[lastfm]The Eagles [/lastfm]Set list for ACL
Seven Bridges Road
Take It To The Limit
Peaceful Easy Feeling
I Can’t Tell You Why
Long Road Out Of Eden
Boys of Summer
In The City
The Long Run
Life’s Been Good
Life In The Fast Lane
The crowd didn’t want them to stop so they came back for an encore with
Take It Easy
For those that complained [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm] were too mainstream to close out ACL, I say you are wrong. The up and coming “buzz bands” played their sets, and some even impressed. But when you are talking about music, and that’s why we were all there, you can’t get any bigger than [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm]. I left the show in Austin, Texas wondering who the ACL promoters could get next year to top an act like this. Guess we’ll find out.
One footnote- it was reported that lead singer [lastfm]Don Henley[/lastfm] had a stint put in his heart earlier in the week (that is the reason we did not get a one on one interview). After cancelling the rest of the current tour, the band made the decision to play ACL. Talk about playing “with heart.”
Here’s a photo gallery from [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm] performance.
“The Boys of Summer” Live at the 2010 ACL music Festival
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