Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Takin' It Easy, Havin' Fun to the Limit with the Eagles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Takin' It Easy, Havin' Fun to the Limit with the Eagles

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SO THE big question: Was it worth $100 to see the Eagles reunited and performing again?

To help you decide, consider that the band, which brought its "Hell Freezes Over" tour to St. Louis' Riverport Amphitheatre Tuesday and Wednesday nights, performed 27 (or maybe it was 28 or 29) songs for nearly three hours, including three encores, and, get this, sounded EXACTLY like the Eagles sounded 14 years ago.

From the opening strains of the first song, "Hotel California," to their second, "Victim of Love," to nearly everything that followed, you could close your eyes and swear it was 1980 again. Amid a backdrop that looked as if it had come from Bedrock, they sounded just as they do on their "Eagles Live" album, which is essentially a collection of their greatest hits, which is essentially what the crowd came to hear.

Of course, open your eyes and it's clearly no longer 1980. The years seem to have been the kindest to drummer Don Henley, who looks to be in great shape except for a brace on his left wrist. ho

Bass player Timothy B. Schmit, who on Tuesday dressed in all black, still has that obnoxiously appealing edge our mothers warned us about when he was with Poco and sports shoulder-length hair to die for. Guitarist Don Felder looks like a soap opera star.

Glenn Frey, on the other hand, exuded about as much charisma on stage as an aluminum siding salesman, and Joe Walsh has done something very unsettling to his hair. Think Madonna in her Blond Ambition period.

Yet together, joined by a few other fill-in band members, the Eagles, despite all those years of feuding and their ugly break-up, seemed to be having a good time, and the spirit was infectious.

After the first two songs, Frey said "Hello to St. Louis," and went on to explain that the band would do a few more songs from their "Hotel California" album. Greeted by rousing cheers, he launched into "New Kid in Town." As he sang, "There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar," so did the song.

A bit later, Frey introduced and began singing one of the band's four new songs; (this one a country-tinged ballad called "The Girl From Yesterday. …

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