Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unbreakable, the Eagles Sound Better Than Ever at Scottrade Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unbreakable, the Eagles Sound Better Than Ever at Scottrade Show

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"Seven Bridges Road"

"Take It Easy"

"One of These Nights"

"Take It to the Limit"

"Tequila Sunrise"

"Witchy Woman"

"In the City"

"I Can't Tell You Why"

"How Long"

"Ol' 55"

"Peaceful Easy Feeling"

"The Best of My Love"

"Lyin' Eyes"

"Love Will Keep Us Alive"

"New Kid in Town"

"Next Big Thing"

"Those Shoes"

"Already Gone"

"Victim of Love"

"Walk Away"

"Heartache Tonight"

"Life's Been Good"

"Funk #49"

"Life in the Fast Lane"

Encore

"Hotel California"

Second encore

"Rocky Mountain Way"

"Desperado"

Early in the Eagles' concert Sunday night at Scottrade Center, Don Henley totaled up the mass of materiel and personnel required to make the show happen.

"We brought 14 semi-tractor-trailer trucks full of stuff, four backup musicians, five string players, five horn players, four security guys, 82 crew members … and one accountant," he said.

That last detail may have been a defiant shot at those who thought that money is the sole consideration in having the band continue after the 2016 passing of Glenn Frey, Henley's fellow founding band member.

Yeah, it's a factor, Henley seemed to be acknowledging. But so is the music and the band's legacy, and the 2½-hour show, which featured 27 songs, many of them classics, bore that out. Though bowed by the loss of Frey, the band is not broken and in some ways sounds better than ever.

Standing in for Frey is his son, guitarist/vocalist Deacon Frey, and, in a genius-level move, country music great Vince Gill has also been added to the lineup. Once again, the band has been transformed and rejuvenated, just as it was with the previous substitutions of Joe Walsh for Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit for Randy Meisner and sideman Steuart Smith for Don Felder.

Deacon Frey, who is in his mid-20s , is still a fledgling performer, yet handled himself well as he sang lead on "Take It Easy," "How Long," "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone." The crowd of 15,000 gave him plenty of support .

Gill was also a fan favorite, and his high tenor voice put Meisner's old showcase, "Take It to the Limit," back into the stratosphere. …

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