Glasgow, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 11, 2009 -- The Eagles are set to fly in to Scotland for what is sure to be one of this summer's biggest gigs. The rock legends play Hampden Park on July 4, their only outdoor gig in the UK, as part of the Long Road Out of Eden World Tour, and it's the first time in eight years for fans to see them in Scotland.
With the massive success of the 2007 album Long Road Out of Eden, fans are itching to see and hear the band perform tracks from their new album live along with the classics, and if recent live reviews are anything to go by, they won't be disappointed.
Success of the Long Road Out of Eden
According to Don Henley, Long Road Out of Eden may be the last ever Eagles album. Unbelievably, it is the Eagles first full studio album in 28 years. Glen Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit have created a 2 disc, 20 song, critically acclaimed album which went straight to number one in five countries and, as of June 2009, has attained platinum status seven times over, selling over two million copies.
The album is packed with incisive and poignant observations about the war in Iraq (especially in the 10 minute long title track), attacks against corporatism and the consumer lifestyle, and blinkered mindsets in middle America, but they still provide us with familiar Eagles fayre: lush harmonies, a diverse mix of hard rocking tunes with gentle acoustic guitars and electric piano, and effortless, warm guitaring in the classic California sound.
Of interest to Scots Eagles fans is the inclusion of a song, Guilty Of The Crime, written by Scots legend Frankie Miller. Miller worked with Joe Walsh before suffering a brain haemorrhage in 1994.
The Current Tour and What Can Fans Expect?
The Long Road Out of Eden tour began with four dates at London's prestigious O2 Arena in March 2008, and fan feedback and reviews have been positive, with many fans calling it the best Eagles tour ever.
Although Long Road Out of Eden was released in 2007, it has taken two years for The Eagles to bring it to Scotland. The country rockers will be showcasing a brand new stage production. They have opted for a semi-circular stage with semi-circular video screen complete with backing musicians who provide a string and brass section, piano ensemble, percussion, and guitar, and will take to the stage dressed uniformly in black suits, occasionally giving the crowd the laid back bar stool treatment, but not without the customary crazyman antics of Joe Walsh.
The two and a half to three hour, two set show is top heavy with classic hits such as Hotel California, Desperado, Life In The Fast Lane, Take It Easy, and Take It To The Limit. With twenty songs from their new album to choose from, the Eagles play almost half of them, and according to many fan reviews, the news songs blend in seamlessly with the classics.
Establishing themselves as live favourites are Guilty Of The Crime, Long Road Out Of Eden and How Long. The audience is also treated to a healthy dose of popular songs from band members' solo projects such as Boys Of Summer, In The City, and Dirty Laundry.
Whilst many live bands can tend to rush tempos, spoil harmonies, and play the odd bum note, Frey, Walsh, Henley and Schmit, are seasoned professionals who bring their polished studio perfection to life on stage, but with added energy and feel. No wonder they are among the best musicians in the business.