On Friday, one of the biggest bands in music history, The Eagles, returned to Michigan for another round of their History of The Eagles Tour when they hit the stage in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. The band has been out for two years on this tour and previously made stops in Auburn Hills and Grand Rapids.
Friday’s show was a three-hour trip through 44 years of music as they guided fans through the story of how the came to be and how they got where they are. Throughout the set, each member got time to showcase their talents and tell their own stories.
The show began with Detroit’s own, Glenn Frey and Don Henley taking the stage together as they played “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night” representing the band’s formation.
As the set moved on, Bernie Leadon joined them for “Train Leaves Here This Morning” and Timothy B. Schmit joined in for “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. Finally, Joe Walsh hit the stage for “Witchy Woman”.
With the five-piece now in full-swing the rest of the 10-piece band stepped in for some songs from Desperado. As the set moved on hits like “Already Gone”, “Best of My Love”, and “One of These Nights” were all there.
Set highlights included Frey dedicating “Lyin’ Eyes” to his first wife, “plaintiff” and a rousing take on “Take It To the Limit” before the band took a short break. The band, minus Leadon, returned to the stage for a second set that kicked off with “Pretty Maids All in a Row”, allowing Walsh to really shine. Schmit then took his time in the spotlight with “I Can’t Tell You Why”.
The set then kicked into high gear with hit after hit from “Love Will Keep Us Alive” and “Heartache Tonight” to “In the City” and “Life In The Fast Lane.
Frey was the evening’s host as he spent the most time on the mic sharing stories and at one point introducing the band members. He also spent some time acknowledging his roots as he spoke about being born in Detroit and growing up in Royal Oak. He shared that although he had been away from home for a long time he always carried the work ethic and resilience that he learned here with him always. Later he and Walsh also engaged in an entertaining guitar battle
Another highlight was Henley speaking about working on their 1979 release Long Run and how difficult it was because disco and punk had become all the rage but as he was quick to remind everyone, “Look who’s still here!”.
The band returned for an encore of “Hotel California” that finally got the packed, but lackluster crowd on its feet before Leadon returned for a second encore of “Take It Easy”, “Rocky Mountain Way” and “Desperado”.
The Eagles setlist:
Set 1 (with Bernie Leadon):]
Train Leaves Here This Morning
Peaceful Easy Feeling
The Best of My Love
One of These Nights
Take It to the Limit
Set 2 (without Bernie Leadon):]
Wasted Time (Reprise)
Pretty Maids All in a Row
I Can’t Tell You Why
New Kid in Town
Love Will Keep Us Alive
In the City
Life’s Been Good
The Long Run
Life in the Fast Lane
Encore 2 (with Bernie Leadon):
Take It Easy
Rocky Mountain Way