Ea­gles check in with na­tional ‘Ho­tel’ tour

Ea­gles plan to per­form whole al­bum; tour will in­clude 2 Dal­las shows

The Dallas Morning News - - FRONT PAGE - By MICHAEL GRANBERRY Staff Writer [email protected]­las­news.com Twit­ter: @mgranberry

The Ea­gles have an­nounced a na­tion­wide tour, in­clud­ing Dal­las, dur­ing which the band will per­form the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia al­bum from start to fin­ish.

The Ea­gles are a rock band that con­tin­ues to amaze. De­spite the fact that its three re­main­ing an­chors are all sep­tu­a­ge­nar­i­ans, they con­sis­tently sell out venues as mam­moth as AT&T Sta­dium (which they filled in 2018).

And they re­main in the record books for hav­ing recorded some of the high­est­sell­ing al­bums in mu­sic history. Just one of those is Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia, which has sold more than 30 mil­lion copies world­wide.

Well, guess what, Ea­gles fans, this is your lucky day. On Tues­day morn­ing, the leg­endary band — 1998 in­ductees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — an­nounced a na­tional tour in which they’ll per­form the en­tire Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia al­bum, backed by a choir and a full or­ches­tra.

And yes, they’ll bring it to Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter in Dal­las on Feb. 29 and March 1.

Ea­gles co­founder and Dal­las res­i­dent Don Hen­ley will join band­mates Joe Walsh and Tim­o­thy B. Sch­mit — each of whom is 71 — for a tour that em­braces as fel­low Ea­gles coun­try su­per­star Vince Gill and Dea­con Frey (the son of the late Glenn Frey, who be­gan the band along with Hen­ley).

But that’s not all. In ad­di­tion to singing ev­ery song from the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia LP, the Ea­gles will throw in a full buf­fet of their great­est hits. By the way, Their Great­est Hits (1971­1975), is con­sis­tently No. 1 or No. 2 among the best­sell­ing al­bums in mu­sic history.

The Ea­gles re­cently gave a sam­pler of the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia tour by per­form­ing three sold­out shows in Las Ve­gas, mark­ing the first time the band had per­formed the en­tire al­bum in a sin­gle show. The Ve­gas shows fea­tured 77 mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing a 46­piece or­ches­tra and 22voice choir.

Bill­board mag­a­zine raved about the shows, not­ing that “they per­formed the al­bum from front to back, fol­low­ing with a blaz­ing great­est hits set that had the au­di­ence at the sold­out arena con­stantly on its feet ... a 23­song set of solid hits

that make up the sound­track of any baby boomer’s or Gen Xer’s life.

“With no ex­cep­tion, the songs have aged well, but how could they fail with the Ea­gles’ five­part har­mony and five gui­tar­ap­proach ... [Hen­ley’s] voice sounded as strong and pli­ant as it ever has, eas­ily hit­ting the high­est of notes, while re­tain­ing his trade­mark husk­i­ness.”

Tick­ets to the Dal­las shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. oct .18 via Tick­et­mas­ter.com. For more de­tails on the tour, visit Ea­gles.com.

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The Ea­gles pre­viewed their new tour in Las Ve­gas last month. Dur­ing the na­tional tour, they’ll per­form the en­tire Cal­i­for­nia al­bum, backed by a choir and a full or­ches­tra. Tick­ets to the Dal­las shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. Ho­tel

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