Eagles soar on stage in Chicago

2013-09-23T15:15:00Z 2013-12-19T11:01:18Z Eagles soar on stage in ChicagoEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Windy City music fans saw the first of two scheduled Chicago shows by supergroup the Eagles last weekend.

The iconic band performed a hits-heavy sold-out concert Sept. 20 at the United Center. Fans showered the band, whose members are considered American rock/country/pop royalty, with cheers, whistles and great applause throughout the rousing show. The group, currently performing their History of the Eagles tour will be back in the Chicago area Oct. 19 for a show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. They'll also perform Oct. 18 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Die-die fans wouldn't have been disappointed with the Chicago concert as the Eagles remained in fine vocal form throughout the 2 1/2-hour show. The performance was done in semi-chronological style as Eagles' founders Don Henley and Glenn Frey opened the show by simply walking on stage, guitars in hand, then taking a seat to perform "Saturday Night" and "Train Leaves Here Running." The set at the beginning of the show, with various lights hanging from above, had the atmosphere of a small club similar to places Henley and Frey played early on.

As the concert progressed, they traced the Eagles history in not only song but video and live commentary. The current concert tour is also a celebration of their "History of the Eagles" documentary, which debuted at the beginning of the year.

It was a great surprise to many fans when early band member Bernie Leadon joined the group on stage. Leadon performed during the first part of the show.

The chart topping hits rolled on throughout the concert as the Eagles showcased their stellar way with their melding of country and rock and how they fine-tuned and perfected their sound as the band evolved.

Their hard rocking side blasted through the cavernous United Center when guitarist Joe Walsh later took the stage as well.

The Eagles setlist on this tour was quite a welcome treat filled with all the signature songs. They dug into their unique songbook and delivered the delightfully mellow "Peaceful Easy Feeling," the pulsating "Witchy Woman," the lush "Best of My Love, and hits "Tequila Sunrise," "Already Gone," and "One of These Nights."

Frey took on the vocals during "Take it to the Limit," which  former Eagles' member Randy Meisner originally performed. Hard-driving guitarist Joe Walsh garnered an enthusiastic welcome from fans when he took the stage. His performances of "In the City" and "Rocky Mountain Way" were among highlights of the show.

There's nothing like hearing live versions of the Eagles' catalog and they delivered scorching versions of "Life in the Fast Lane," "Heartache Tonight," and the anticipated "Hotel California."

Fans didn't go wrong spending an evening with one of America's greatest musical treasures. For more information on the upcoming Oct. 19 show visit ticketmaster.com, livenation.com or eaglesband.com.

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