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The Eagles Say Farewell?

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Artist: Eagles
Title: Farwell Tour I-Live From Melbourne
Genre: Rock-Country-Pop
Format: DVD
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I enjoyed watching this DVD set immensely. The Eagles are one of my favorite bands and they always have been. Even when I was listening to Black Sabbath, Kiss, and Queen, I was spinning the Hotel California album on regular basis. I thought it was an unfair advantage for them to land Joe Walsh, but it was oh so sweet. I loved Walsh in the James Gang and really got into a groove listening to his solo albums The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get and So What.

Since that time, the Eagles broke up, got back together, and broke up again, going back and forth with it for years it seems. Don Henley had immense success as a solo artist; he was the only one that reached a high level of respectability and sold a ton of records. I guess the rest of members found out they needed the Eagles more than they thought. It seems evident to me that is what took place. Whether that is part of the story or not does not really matter, what counts is that they now get together on a regular basis and tour to thrill all of their long time fans and their children. Think about that statement-their fans and their children. That covers a lot of ground and there are not many bands that maintain that kind of far reaching influence over the course of a recording career, the Eagles do it in style.

One of the things I noticed about this performance was the lead guitar playing and how it was lacking on many of the songs. Its obvious former lead guitar man Don Felder is the missing link here. Joe Walsh does a decent job and he played admirably on previous recordings, however, on stage he is subdued and unable to fill in the gap of Felder’s absence. Steuart Smith, while impressive, is not the fit for all of these great songs. Not to take anything away from Steuart, he is a very good guitarist, just not good enough to get these songs across as they were originally intended. Everyone’s voices were excellent, particularly on the four-part harmony in “Hole In The World.” The four remaining members, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Timothy B. Schmit still have what it takes to put on a great show, the chemistry is there to make magic happen.

Regardless of these observations of the obvious inadequacies that these old rockers have to deal with now, they still put on one hell of show and have added some tasteful horns for that Herb Alpert effect in a few of the more desert across-the-border type tunes like “One of These Nights” and “Desperado.” I really enjoyed the addition of the solo tunes, as Henley says in an interview…they are all Eagles songs anyway and it gives the fans a full 3-hour show to enjoy.

Thirty tracks is a lot of music and the addition of bonus material makes this one package hard for anyone to pass up. Anything that is artistic has room for criticizing because each individual has their own tastes and opinions. I said what I felt about this performance but I have to admit that there was not one song, except the new ones, that I did not know the words to or was not tapping my feet too. Things will never be the same with this band, many things have changed since the 70s, but I cannot complain too much, this is all great music and I loved hearing it and watching them perform it. It certainly does give you a peaceful easy feeling.

© Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

June 30, 2005

Rating-8.5/10

Disc One

01.The Long Run
02. New Kid In Town
03. Wasted Time
04. Peaceful Easy Feeling
05. I Can’t Tell You Why
06. One Of These Nights
07. One Day At A Time
08. Lyin’ Eyes
09. The Boys Of Summer
10. In The City
11. Already Gone

12. Silent Spring” (Instrumental Intro)
13. Tequila Sunrise
14. Love Will Keep Us Alive
15. No More Cloudy Days *
16. Hole In The World
17. Take It To The Limit
18. You Belong To The City
19. Walk Away
20. Sunset Grill

Disc Two

01. Life’s Been Good
02. Dirty Laundry
03. Funk #49
04. Heartache Tonight
05. Life In The Fast Lane
06. Hotel California
07. Rocky Mountain Way
08. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
09. Take It Easy
10. Desperado

Bonus Features including:

•Behind-the-Scenes Footage
•New Interviews
•A Glimpse Backstage
•Sound Check… and much more

* New songs

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  • HW Saxton

    Isn’t this their second farewell tour of the new millenium? I know that they played some reunion shows Winter of 1999 because I worked one of the house
    spotlights at the Mandalay Bay shows in Las Vegas on Dec 27 & 28 of that year. Which was no big deal ’cause I’m not a fan of theirs.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Farewell tour means different things to different bands. For some it means “Farewell to everyone, because this is the last time we will tour together as a band.”

    For others it means “Farewell to our elderly fans who might pass away from old age before we run out of money again and organize another farewell tour.”

    You can decide which one applies in this case.

  • http://www.muzikreviews.com Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

    The “Farewell” is all tongue and cheek stuff, note this Volume 1, hopefully they will all be gone before me!

  • HW Saxton

    Yeah, I understand a little better now. I think Cher made a second career doing farewell tours and The Who as well. LOL.

  • http://www.eaglesfans.com L&M

    The Farewell name was a joke, which many people missed. The Eagles are making fun of people like Cher who go endless farewell tours.

  • Sue

    Another enduring and much loved band still touring after 40 years, and playing to their children’s children are The Moody Blues. Having never done a tongue in cheek farewell tour, I for one hope they never do. They are an awesome band that still looks and sounds wonderful. I love the Eagles and the Moodies right along with them. The Moodies are doing the East coast right now until mid July which wraps up a 2005 world tour. Go see them if you can.