(Review by Dave Morales)
When you have a “hit list” like [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm], it’s not so much a question of what to play, it’s more like “how do we fit everything in a two-hour set?”
At the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival this past weekend, The Eagles pulled it off.
Despite some criticism from the “hardcores” (I call them “indie freaks”), choosing a band like [lastfm]The Eagles [/lastfm]to close out a massive music festival such as ACL was actually a great idea. And about 65,000 of my “closest friends” agreed.
The weather was perfect under a clear moonlit sky. That itself made it perfect to jam out to “Hotel California.”
With all four original members–[lastfm]Timothy B. Schmidt[/lastfm], [lastfm]Glenn Frey[/lastfm], [lastfm]Joe Walsh[/lastfm] (who had an amazing solo with his hit “Life’s Been Good”) and Texan [lastfm]Don Henley[/lastfm]–present and accounted for, the crowd did exactly what an audience does after enduring three days of live music: jam.
And how could you not jam with a set list like this:
Seven Bridges Road
Take It To The Limit
Peaceful Easy Feeling
I Can’t Tell You Why
Long Road Out Of Eden
Boys of Summer
In The City
The Long Run
Life’s Been Good
Life In The Fast Lane
Take It Easy
For those who complained [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm] were too mainstream to close out ACL, I say you are wrong. The up-and-coming “buzz bands” played their sets, and some even impressed. But when you are talking about music–and that’s why we were all there–you can’t get any bigger than [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm]. I left the show wondering who the ACL promoters could get next year to top an act like this. Guess we’ll find out.
One footnote: It was reported that lead singer [lastfm]Don Henley[/lastfm] had a stint put in his heart earlier in the week (that is the reason we did not get a one-on-one interview). After canceling the rest of the current tour, the band made the decision to play ACL. Talk about playing “with heart.”
Here’s a photo gallery from [lastfm]The Eagles[/lastfm]‘ ACL performance.
The top ten bands (OK, it’s actually 11) at Austin City Limits 2010.