As supergroups go, the Eagles continue to remain a force on the musical landscape.
The iconic band, who's gone through various personnel changes in its nearly five-decades existence, brought its new tour to Chicago's United Center on Wednesday. It was the second show of the 2018 tour, which began Monday in Indianapolis and will visit more than 50 cities.
The band performed a nearly three-hour show heavy on the hits to a full house of fans. Audience members rose to their feet as the Eagles took the stage. It was obvious by the enthusiastic cheers and applause that fans are still enthralled with this band whose members are considered music royalty.
The group last performed at Chicago's United Center in 2013 while touring on its History of the Eagles tour. When founding member Glenn Frey died in 2016, it was doubtful whether live music fans would see the group perform again.
This tour, while featuring Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, has added the talents of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, Glenn's son, on the group roster. Henley's son Will also is featured on guitar.
The Eagles delivered in all departments during the Chicago concert — from treating the fans to nonstop hits, never failing to bring surplus energy and offering an abundance of charisma. State-of-the-art video screens and a crystal clear sound system added to the success of this concert.
The acoustics for this show were as pristine as a concert's sound could get. The Eagles' guitar work, Henley's drumming and the vocal harmonies remained stellar throughout the evening.
On the setlist were gems such as "Peaceful Easy Feeling"and "Already Gone," which featured Deacon Frey on lead vocals. Frey looks like a young version of his late dad and his vocal tones are similar.
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Gill with his superb, smooth vocals took the lead on many songs, including "New Kid In Town," "Tequila Sunrise" and "Take It To The Limit."
"At 60 years old, I'm grateful to play with one of the greatest bands in the world," Gill said. "I've been a fan of this band for 45 years."
Other songs on the packed hits list were a new arrangement of "Witchy Woman," the quiet "Best of My Love, "One of These Nights," the hard-driving "Life In The Fast Lane," "Heartache Tonight" and others.
Rockin' guitarist Joe Walsh received much applause while delivering "In the City." Among other highlighted songs were a scorching version of "Hotel California,"which was the group's first encore and songs "Rocky Mountain Way" and "Desperado," which closed the show.
The Eagles remained in fine musical form throughout the concert. Fans easily could have stuck around for much more of this monumental band's sound.
Opening for The Eagles at the United Center was JD and The Straight Shot, which is helmed by Jim Dolan. JD and The Straight Shot is currently touring in support of its new album "Good Luck and Good Night."