Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A BAND THAT SOARS, OR BORES? Do You Have a Peaceful, Easy Feeling about This Legendary Group? or Is the Thrill Gone?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A BAND THAT SOARS, OR BORES? Do You Have a Peaceful, Easy Feeling about This Legendary Group? or Is the Thrill Gone?

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Byline: ROGER BULL

THE EAGLES Wednesday

The Eagles are coming to the town, to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday. A couple of years ago, voters named them the greatest American rock band ever in a contest right here in the Times-Union. Of course, everyone's not a fan. They've got their detractors, as well. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon this discussion between two music fans on opposite sides of the Eagles fence.

Eagles Lover: I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Look at what they've done: They've sold more than 100 million records. Their greatest hits is the best selling album of all time!

Eagles Hater: Britney Spears sells a lot of records; that doesn't make her good. Look, the Dude knew. You remember The Big Lebowski, when he was in the back of that cab? Remember that? "Jesus, man, could you change the channel? ... Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the ... Eagles, man!"

Lover: How'd that work out for him?

Hater: OK, he got thrown out of the cab. The driver was an Eagles fan. And they've got some passionate fans out there.

Lover: Exactly. There's a reason the Eagles still pack arenas after all these years: They're really good, and people relate to their music. Good songs, good harmonies.

Hater: No, they were good. Way back when. Peaceful Easy Feeling, Take It Easy. Yeah, those were good songs. They captured that Southern California mix of rock and country really well.

Lover: Exactly. And they hold up. Those songs aren't stuck in some '60s psychedelia or some '70s arena band sound like some kind of leisure suit fashion you find in the back of your parents' closet. Great harmonies don't go out of style. The songs aren't dated; they're timeless.

Hater: No, they're generic. They just went mainstream rock. Yeah, it sold them more records, but, damn. Bernie Leadon saw it coming and got out of there. On the Border? Hotel California?

Lover: C'mon, Hotel California is like one of the greatest rock songs ever.

Hater: It's got a good dual guitar lead.

Lover: Exactly, and everyone knows it.

Hater: That's because we've heard it over and over and over until every note has been burned into our brains. …

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