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The Eagles spread their wings at Piedmont Park

(l-r) Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh

(l-r) Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh

The Eagles may never get the critical adulation of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, but they sure know how to entertain. And they didn’t disappoint the die-hards who attended last night’s packed Green Concert  at Piedmont Park with a set list laden with greatest hits from their 1970s heyday.

Sure, there weren’t any real surprises. But that’s not the point of this type of concert. Their vocals, harmonies and musicianship were impeccable. Their sturdy portfolio of songs, played ad infinitum on the radio over the decades, were well represented, from “Take it to the Limit” to “Hotel California” to “Lyin’ Eyes” to “Life in the Fast Lane.”

The audience vibe was happily California mellow, the odor of a certain illegal substance wafted through the air and the backdrop of a half-crescent moon and the Atlanta skyline comforting.


Here’s a snippet of “Peaceful Easy Feeling”:

Though Don Henley, at age 63, is looking his age thanks to a paunch and white beard, he hasn’t lost his vocal skills, infusing songs with a sheen of sadness and longing, especially “Desperado.”

Unlike other bands, which cut out solo hits by individual band members (no way the Go Go’s are playing Belinda Carlisle’s “Mad About You”), the Eagles are very generous. Atlantans heard three solo hits each from Joe Walsh and Henley, plus “Funk #49″ from Walsh’s band James Gang. (Sorry, Glenn Frey solo fans. No “Heat is On” or “You Belong to the City.”)

Henley’s solo hit “Dirty Laundry,” with the video screen popping up shots of Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Grace and the recently ousted Rick Sanchez, remains as relevant as ever 28 years later. Walsh was the loosest, goofing around after being introduced with some silly vocal exercises. His solo songs provided some welcome punch and edge to the proceedings.

Don Henley croons "One of These Nights"

Don Henley croons "One of These Nights"

Glenn Frey sings "Lyin' Eyes"

Glenn Frey sings "Lyin' Eyes"

The Eagles sometimes play a longer three-hour, 30-song, as they did earlier in the week in Indianapolis. But for Atlanta, they opted for a tighter 20-song version, which cuts out most of their recent songs but keeps in virtually all the big hits. (Seven of the 10 songs on “Eagles – The Greatest Hits, 1971-75″ and six more from “Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2″ made the cut.)

While “Desperado” is typically their final song, they decided on the spur of the moment to play a second encore. It took a few moments to get ready because the crew wasn’t ready for it, but they gave the crowd an excuse to sway a few more minutes to “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” to conclude their two hours.

(l-r) Timothy Schmidt, Don Henley and Glenn Frey

(l-r) Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley and Glenn Frey

Here was the set list:
1. Seven Bridges Road
2. How Long Play
3. Take it to the Limit
4. Hotel California
5. Peaceful Easy Feeling
6. I Can’t Tell You Why
7. Witchy Woman
8. Lyin’ Eyes
9. One of These Nights
10. The Boys of Summer
11. In The City
12. The Long Run
13. Life’s Been Good
14. Dirty Laundry
15. Funk #49
16. Heartache Tonight
17. Life in the Fast Lane
18. Take It Easy
19. Rocky Mountain Way
20. Desperado
Encore 2
21. All She Wants to Do Is Dance

56 comments Add your comment


October 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

The songs and vocals were great, but except for some fooling around by Walsh and one brief prelude to Lyin Eyes by Frey, the band did not talk to the crowd–especially Henley–seemed like they wanted to get in , play some songs and get the pay check. A little insight into the songs or historical persecptive would be nice. I think it took 7 or so songs before Frey even said a word. They play great music and vocals still to this day but they need to understand people see them because we have lived there music for 40 years ….


October 16th, 2010
1:17 pm

oncert was fantastic the band was tight and rocked the meadow. I was expecting to hear a generic lets get it over with set but was rewarded with some really good rock and roll. This was the first time ive seen the Eagles since 1979 and it was worth the wait. They are getting older but they still ROCK.

eagles are done

October 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

Music fine, play list ok, no fan interaction = boring show


October 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

what was the final attendance at this concert? anybody know?


October 16th, 2010
1:57 pm

Fans do not need to intereact with each other at an Eagles concert. You, the fan of many years who came to hear that very play list, interact with the Eagles and hug the one you love standing next to you!


October 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Where you even there? They played 22 songs NOT 21.

You forgot “Walk Away”!



October 16th, 2010
2:29 pm

How many were there last night?


October 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

“Though Don Henley, at age 63, is looking his age thanks to a paunch and white beard”

Exactly – he is 63 and he wears it extremely well, as do all of the guys!
I’m from Liverpool – home of the Beatles and let me tell you they are/were not a patch on The Eagles!
Keep at it guys! Luv ya all – but ’specially Don!!


October 16th, 2010
2:44 pm

Oh….and PLEASE learn to give Timothy his proper name – Timothy B. Schmit


October 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

When they were here in 2008, they played longer sets and there was quite a bit more chatting with the audience. I wonder if the fact that they are playing tonight in Louisville has something to do with it. Maybe they’re pacing themselves a little. But sounded good as ever, and still a great show.


October 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

The show was great. They typically don’t spend a whole lot of time yucking it up with the audience, except for Joe Walsh.

Remember Henley has been very ill and really didn’t looked liked he felt well until about mid concert. They already had to postpone three shows recently becasue of this.

Give them a break. They played a heck of a show. They sound better now than when I heard them in 1979. They are obvioulsy hard workers!


October 16th, 2010
4:59 pm



October 16th, 2010
5:16 pm

I loved the music too. The Eagles are always fantastic!! I agree with the statement about the aisles. People were talking too much though. WHy do people come to a concert and insist on chatting during the music?? And man, the drinks and food were VERY expensive. Other than that, I loved sitting outside and listening to my favorite band. Their music is the best in the world. (Do wish they had played more from East of Eden cd….which is fantastic!!!)

Kathy Schaefer

October 16th, 2010
6:39 pm

I thought the concert was great! The performance was above what I expected. The lines for the food and beverages were too long and prices were not posted so you did not know what to expect to pay.


October 16th, 2010
7:04 pm

The vocals and songs were fantastic! They still have it. Just missed Tequila Sunrise.

Dave, The Eagles’ website indicated that several concerts in early October have been rescheduled because Don Henley was ill. He may have still been feeling abit under the weather last night.


October 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

how many people loved the show they talked with audience wouldnt change thing


October 16th, 2010
9:06 pm

It was my 4th Eagles concert and by far my least. Although love te Eagles and their music was as great as ever the venue just could not carry it off. We were in the $250 VIP seats and they had oversold the number of seats for the area they had roped off. Once you got in and finally found some spot to sit on top of someone else (or their precious blanket spread out taken twice the size it should) you could not get back out and through the crowd to go to the bathroom or get another cold beverage. In fact it was so overcrowded it was unsafe. I did not see security anywhere and there were no predesignated isles in the middle, back, or sides of the cordoned off area. No medical emergency or crowd ruckus could have been dealt with. I was uncomfortable with the lack of control capability I saw there. I would not go to another concert at Piedmont Park.


October 16th, 2010
9:29 pm

We saw a medical emergency that seemed to be dealt with in a timely and considerate matter. There was a man that had a possible heart attack and was whisked out of there by a very large security/medical team. Somehow they located and notified 2 of his family members that were sitting next to us. I think there was security all around the crowd but not in a noticeable way.
How many people were there last night????


October 16th, 2010
9:46 pm

Loved the music…was also disappointed with very little to no interaction with the crowd. I had my handicapped mother with me. Which, I have to agree with others there needs to be designated walking rows were needed. People where cutting through the handicapped…stepping on them to get to the rest room, and drinks. Not to mention lines right in front of the area blocking the view to the stage. Horrible planning on their part.

But, overall they ROCKED and so glad I got to see them. I would love to know a final head count.


October 16th, 2010
10:06 pm

Very unhappy with the management of the VIP section. For over 1,000.00 I expected to arrive an hour early and not be treated like cattle. An 8 hour round trip, ticket cost, etc….Piedmont Park blew it. The Eagles were great but the venue management was a disaster. Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered….the only commentary I have for a 250.00 ticket x 4.


October 16th, 2010
10:56 pm

I agree with Gary-we splurged for VIP tickets and got there before the gates opened. We were sitting on the 4th “row” until right before the concert when hordes of people pushed their way in front of us-stepping on toes, spilling beer and complaining that they had “VIP tickets so they were supposed to be down front”. We ALL had VIP tickets in that area… quickly became standing room only. We ended up about 20 rows back with people pushing and spilling drinks as they squeezed past. It looked like they sold WAY too many tickets and should have enlarged the VIP area to accommodate all the ticket holders. The concert was awesome but I really missed the Long Road Out of Eden songs. Probably my last concert at Piedmont Park (Paul McCartney concert wasn’t any better in terms of venue management).

Updates Anyone??

October 17th, 2010
1:06 am

Loved, loved, loved the concert. The Eagles were fantastic and although the fan interaction was limited they certainly played the best of the best and I was very pleased. Biggest complaint–no designated aisles to get in and out of the area. I too witnessed the medical emergency and it was NOT handled well. The poor young man was laying lifeless on the ground for who knows how long before the medical staff could fight through the crowd to get to him, performed CPR for several minutes while a small crowd grew and the music was blaring. Finally the first aid workers stopped CPR and just picked him up under his arms and carried his limp body through the 10,000+ crowd, weaving in and out of chairs and blankets. My family, friends and I were horrified and left the concert shortly after. There was no stretcher of any kind, no cart to take him away, absolutely no way to get an ambulance through….we prayed for the poor man and his family all the way home and I can only hope he was revived. If anyone knows any updates please share.


October 17th, 2010
1:08 am

I talked to some staff that told me nearly 40,000 were in attendance. they also need better directions to get out and lights along the path’s


October 17th, 2010
1:11 am

I thought the music was great, but the ending was a bit cold (just leaving the stage without a “good night Atlanta”). Also, the huge surging crowd all pushing out of the park together was scary–where had all the ushers and security gone at that point? It seemed as if they all went home and left us to turn the lights out and lock the gate for them. One loud bang or a fight or other disturbance and we would have all been trampled. Also, lay out some aisles next time so that people are not stepping all over one another down on the main field and up the sides. An enjoyable experience overall but definitely could be better organized inside the venue.


October 17th, 2010
9:17 am

concert was good, sound was great but terribly organized by the park. no aisles to get out, no ushers or security anywhere. they are very lucky there were no major fights or incidents. no chance i’ll go back there for a concert. felt very uneasy.

Lahoma VanZandt

October 17th, 2010
10:42 am

I looked at the videos of this nonsense posted on youtube. The Eagles do not look like happy campers. Each one looks like he is at work and can’t wait to go home. It’s very obvious. Much ado about nothing, so some boomers can hear “Hotel California” for the 300,000th time.The audience was apparently about 1/10 of the one that came to see P. McCartney. The ’70’s ended 30 years ago, it’s time to move on, folks.

Sinister Chicken

October 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

To Whom It May Offend:

First and foremost, if you did not enjoy the actual performance of Eagles, then I contend that you are not deemed and Eagles fan. Each song was played in its entirety and true to form. For a group of members that have collectively and/or individually produced music for forty years, the vocals, instrumentals, and theatrics were immaculate.

Due to the fact that I did not have VIP tickets, I will not feign an attempt to convey disappointment or complacency with the VIP experience. As for those, however, that have criticized the venue for not having created aisles, with all due respect, you chose to attend a concert at Piedmont Park. Oh, and by the way, Piedmont Park is a 189 acre field. Perhaps, you were expecting theatre track lighting leading to your “designted lawn seat.” Maybe Robin Hood and his merry men could implement a shuttle system utilizing Clydesdales to carry you to and from your lawn seat. There’s always the helicopter pad option, though I posit that the reverberating wind exuding from the helicopter may blow away everyone’s contentedness and good time. I will not even delve into a monologue regarding the price of food and drinks. Unless this was your first concert, there was nothing foreign about that.

As for those displeased with the crowd interaction, I want to extend my sincerest empathy that Don Henley did not come sit in your lap and have an interpersonal conversation about what fragrance of bubble bath he uses. Maybe Henley’s not a bubble bath kind of guy. I couldn’t be certain. At any rate, I felt that the entire band was gracious of the attending fans.

In sum, I contend that the Eagle performed a phenomenal show. It may well be the best concert I have ever attended, and I have attended a plethora of concerts ranging in many different originations and styles of music.

Show some respect.


October 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

My wife and I and the two couples we went with got “shushed” and then lectured by an older couple, perhaps “Mary” plus husband or “Babs” from above? We weren’t whooping it up like college kids either. We were chatting like 40-something grown ups. Sorry Babs, it’s the Eagles… In Piedmont Park! We’re not taking in an Andrea Bocelli concert at the Arts Center.


October 17th, 2010
1:07 pm

I bought VIP tickets as a surprise for my wife( a longtime Eagle’s fan) for her birthday…..a total waste of the upgrade. We left the VIP area when the concert started because we were crowded out of our space (had been there since before 5) and enjoyed the concert from the general ticket area with much more room and no one stepping on us or spilling drinks. The Eagles always put on a stellar performance and Friday night was no exception. We were disappointed at the omission of the newer songs but enjoyed what they did play. Piedmont Park is a beautiful park but they need to revisit the so-called VIP area. Too many people herded into a small space-guess there was no limit on the number they sold regardless of the space. $$$$$$


October 17th, 2010
1:37 pm

The Eagles were greeeeeat
I drove 3 hours to see them. I would do it again in a second. Keep on rocking EAGLES. This is from a 61 fan.

Marty Summerville

October 17th, 2010
2:33 pm

I thought the Eagles concert was great but Piedmont Park should had everything better organised.Am sure they could thing alot better just too many people in 1 place I mean really 30,000-50,000 people thats alot of people in 1 place I rather been at Phillips Arena or Turner Field least there you have a seat and not sitting on your butt for 3 hrs and easy access to bathrooms and food and drink venues

Beefer McQueen

October 17th, 2010
3:18 pm

The crowd was every bit as large as P. McCartney. I know this because I was at both shows, Lahoma. The concert was uninspired, with the glaring exception of Joe Walsh. His songs were great and he is a guitar go.


October 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

The Eagles were great. Some of the fans (like the smucks complaining above) were not. Sinister Chicken said it all in his post above. i couldn’t say it better. I am just glad that the complainer won’t be at the next show. Welcome to reality: any event this large will have some drawbacks but overall things went as well as could be expected. The Eagles rocked and it was a beautiful night. Don Henley looked fine as did the rest of the band. They looked like they were having fun. I don’t hear anybody complaining about the free boxed dinners and beer and wine with no waiting in the VIP section either or small lines for restrooms. Get over it!!


October 17th, 2010
6:13 pm

Lahoma VanZandt you clearly saw the Eagles stuff and McCartney.

The 60’s ended 50 years ago, move on you jackass!


October 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

Truefan, I paid $190 extra for my ticket X 2 = $380. I loved the box lunches and beer and wine, but they weren’t FREE. I paid a hell of a lot extra for them and then could not get back through the crowd to get refills. I had one beer and held my bladder for the entire concert since I could get back to the “free” beer or small lines at the restrooms. I did not pay all this extra cash to get stepped on, crowded out and have drinks poured on me. You must have been given free tickets or worked for a free pass or have set out at the tables by the food tent. If you paid $500 for your tickets then there is not way you could have been happy with the overall experience. This was a concert venue that was unsafe because the park didn’t set up common sense precautions to prevent or be ready to react to emergencies. I respect your opinion enough that I won’t call you a smuck, like you did me, but excuse me, I’ll decide when I get over it!


October 17th, 2010
7:15 pm

I had VIP tickets to the Eagles concert at Piedmont Park and my experience was nothing like most of the comments listed above. Here are my impressions:

1) This was my first concert at Piedmont Park. While I was a little worried about how well organized things would be and whether VIP cost would be worth it, everything went quite smoothly.

2) We got to the VIP entrance at 5:00 p.m. by walking 20 minutes from our mid-town hotel down 10th Street. Passed about 50 semi’s lined up along 10th Street which made you appreciate the effort it took to just set up the stage / sound system.

3) Short line (50-100 people?) waiting to get into VIP gate. Were supposed to open gate at 5 p.m. but did not open gate until 5:30 p.m. so got to meet some great people in line. Thankfully, must VIPers seemed to be true working class fans who wanted to be close to stage and not Buckhead elites wanting to see and be seen. Met people from Asheville and Savannah who came in for the concert.

3) Entered VIP area with spacious food / drink tent set up right next to the stage. We entered concert area and placed our blanket down around 6 p.m. about 30 – 40 feet from front of stage. Plenty of aisle space. VIP section was maybe 20% full at this point.

4) VIP food was incredible. Expected chicken fingers or something similar. Instead, company called “Affair to Remember” had pre-packaged gourmet dinner boxes – my wife had salmon, I had vegetarian (eggplant souflet). Also, had a different option with grilled chicken. Each box had more food than I could eat, all very high quality. There was so much (free) food, that they still had gourmet boxes for the taking on the way out of the concert at 11:15 p.m. They also had fresh chili bar as well.

5) Free drinks were also great – choice of several canned beers, wine, canned jack daniels/coke and freshly made sweet tea with gin (my favorite). Lines were non-exisitent to very short and you could quickly grab as many drinks as you wanted and get back to your blanket.

6) Pre-concert was sublime – laying on blankets with newly made friends, moon rising behind city skyline, sipping gin and sweat tea. I told my wife “it does not get much better than this.” But it did.

7) At this point (around 7 p.m.?), they still had attractive young lady’s serving as waitresses going among the blankets taking drink orders and bringing your free drinks right to you. You did not even have to go back to the VIP tent! And people are complaining!!!

8) Warm-up band came on around 7:45 p.m. and played crap for about 30 minutes. I thought – not good, was not supposed to be a warm-up band, so I figured Eagles were not going to play the 30 song set list like a few days ago in Indianapolis.

9) At around 8:20 p.m., warm-up band done & now waiting for the Eagles -went back to VIP tent for more drinks. Still easy access but VIP grass section now mostly full. Womens’ bathroom lines a little long, but drink lines short. Hundreds of gourmet food boxes still sitting for the taking. I was told 3500 food boxes had been prepared for VIPers. Talked to sound mixing personnel – no one knew how many tickets were sold but some thought 40,000 expected. Seemed high – looked like 20,000 present at that point. I was told crowd would arrive late.

10) Eagles start about 8:45 p.m. VIP grass area now appears full. Some people start trying to fill in among the areas between existing blankets. Crowd stands up for the remainder of the concert.

11) Eagles sounded great. Played 22 songs – all best hits. They did drop 6-7 songs from Long Road of Of Eden. I was disappointed with that, which reduced concert to about 2 hours, 15 minutes with no intermission, instead of normal 3 hours. However, may have been a good decision since it kept the energy level up and pace fast. Newer songs may have been yawners for most (not me).

12) By mid set (about 10 p.m.?), I did notice the VIP section was now full and aisle space had been filled. Some people tried to crowd their way closer, but you could just move them on their way. May have been different for those right next to the stage, but we were not far away and still plenty of space for everyone. Probably difficult to get back to VIP tent at this point, but who wanted to miss any songs anyway? Looked back and whole park seemed full – people standing against far fences – 40,000 may have been accurate after all.

13) Henley’s voice may have been a little strained at times, but I thought he sounded great overall. Early on, the guy next to me said Henley sounded a little weak, but by next song he said “I take that back”. Walsh was incredible – heck they all were. Loved that they played Henley’s and Walsh’s solo hits as well. Crowd was grooving it, but pretty mellow overall.

14) After Desparado, crowd was able to entice the band into one more song which I think is rare. They had gone off script and crowd (and band) finally let loose. As a result, All She Wants To Dance may have been the best song of the night.

15) After show ended about 11:15 p.m., calmly exited through VIP tent. Grabbed another box dinner and beer for the road (yes, they still had food left and were still serving drinks). Mass exodus (crowded, but very orderly) down 10th Street. Most went down to the mid-town MARTA station (no line visible that I could see – I was surprised). For us, a couple blocks more to get back to our hotel.

16) I don’t see how the VIP set-up could have been much better. Great close-in spot, high quality food and drinks, short lines, never ran out of food or drink, etc. But my opinion may have been because I got there when the gates opened. If you came at the last minute, you were probably one of those fighting for space among the existing blankets and getting dirty looks (from me included).

Sorry for the long review, but I wanted to give people my honest impression of the event. Overall, I thought Piedmont Park did a great job and Eagles were excellent. Best $500 (2 tickets) I ever spent.

Linda Balzano

October 17th, 2010
8:52 pm

Does anyone know how many people attended thisw Atlanta concert, besides me and the ole man>?


Eagles fanLB

October 17th, 2010
8:59 pm

anyone know how many attended?
Also i thought they should have never sold alcohal . alot of people seemed brain dead and did not clap much for each superbly played song!
They were too bust getting drunk/going to the bathroom!grr!


October 17th, 2010
10:32 pm

Did we all go to the same concert? The one we went to was over somewhere around 10:15-had VIP tickets-got there before the gates opened-seats close to the front….for a while until a crowd came in at the last minute and pushed us back. The lady beside me was pushed down, I have a bruised foot from being stepped on several times, and my shirt had both beer and wine spilled on it by people trying to get between my husband and me. The band was wonderful but I wish I could have enjoyed them more instead of fighting to keep my space that I had been in for 3+ hours. Next time we will won’t pay the extra money for the “VIP” experience. We had better seats for the McCartney concert without paying 5 times as much…….plus I don’t remember any rude, pushy drunks. Guess it all depends on where you are……. I went to hear my favorite band (not for the food/drinks) and they have never disappointed me. The Eagles still rock!


October 18th, 2010
9:10 am

Concert rocked!!! Went to the DMB show at peidmont park in 07 and the eagles show was no different. Anyone who expects to sit in beach chairs 10 ft from the stage is out of their mind, especially if they think they can save blanket space. Get over it people!!! General admission means where ever my 2 feet go is where my ’seat’ is….so if i can squeeze my way to the front and find enough room for me to stand in you bet I’ll be there!

Next time your thinking of attending a piedmont park show, people who want to sit….go sit in the back, and let all the excited people who don’t mind dancing in a crowd of other excited fans, stand at the front.

VIP section is a huge JOKE! who in their right mind will pay $250 over $70 for the same experience!?!?


Eddie B

October 18th, 2010
9:34 am

Great show as always!! I agree with “Sinister Chicken”…. if you didn’t enjoy the show then you are not am Eagles fan… its about the music people, not talking to the crowd. I want to hear the songs, not hear DH talk about Walden Woods… This was the 7th time I have seen them since the “reunion” and I’m already looking forward to the 8th!!!

No one sounds better in concert than these guys… I hope they keep rocking for at least another decade!!


October 18th, 2010
10:21 am

I thought the Eagles sounded fabulous. I love the concerts in Piedmont Park – great music outdoors for a great price. Aisles would definitely be a big help.

Like ‘Level’ and ‘Updates Anyone??’ I also saw the man who had collapsed at the concert. It looked like cardiac arrest – I’m not sure. Does anyone have any updates about him? It did seem to take rescue workers a long time to get to him and to administer CPR. There definitely needs to be a plan for handling emergencies quickly and safely. It was very upsetting for all around. We were sure praying for him to make it. Anybody have word, please let us know!


October 18th, 2010
10:38 am

I saw the Eagles twice when they were here in 2008. They did a good show Friday night, but it really did seem like Don Henley didn’t feel all that well. In 2008, both nights, they interacted with the crowd quite a bit. Maybe they wanted to get down to business because of the noise ordinances in Atlanta that would have cut them off at a certain time. I got the feeling throughout the show that something wasn’t quite right. Still, any opportunity to see the Eagles, even on a less than stellar night, is still going to be a great concert!


October 18th, 2010
11:19 am

loved concert im surprised how rough people can be re eagles

Jawja Jewel

October 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

Get Over It, everyone. The Eagles are, and will always be, the greatest rock band this country has ever produced. None of their songs sound like another song. Impeccable harmonies, excellent musicianship, and well written lyrics set them apart from all others. There were some 50 year olds in my group and we had much younger folks (teens and some in their 20s). The amazing part was that both age groups knew the words and were singing together. The songs will never be dated. A great time was had by all. The Eagles are simply the best!

Mark McDonald

October 18th, 2010
12:48 pm

The unexpected announcement last summer that the Eagles were coming to Atlanta provided the possibility for a miracle to happen; not just for me but my wife and 21 year old son. I’ve see lots of bands in the past, Skynyard, The Doobies, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Black Sabath, .38 Special, Elton John, The Who, Styx, Kansas… the list could go on and on. But the Eagles, with they’re typical Southwestern country sound was good enough to listen to on the radio, but until Joe Walsh joined the band and help changed the face of how they presented their music, I had, up to that moment no desire to see the band.

Then the band’s breakthrough album, “Hotel California” and everything changed. The Universe was turned upside down. New and great compositions that otherwise should not have existed came into bloom and five musicians who had before been simply knocking on the door began to shake the entire planet.

No, I’m not an idiot. I realize that the Pre-Joe Walsh incarnation of the band was a diamond in the rough, to steal a line from an over played Disney movie. But even the band members saw the need for some diversity in their sound, otherwise there would have been no Post-Joe era.

Look at it this way. In the time before numbers, numbers existed. The only way to demonstrate quantity however was to show the interested part the quantity of times you had to trade, sell or steal, depending on your motivation. But when the expression of numbers came into existence, all one had to do was to tell their customers how many items they had.

Suddenly there were two ways to the same thing, each as good as the other, both different.

Decades later, I was privileged enough to witness with my own eyes and ears what that alternate method had manifested into.

The only word that comes to mind is “BLISS”.

Music has changed. The status of bands from then to now are completely different creatures. I hearken from the 1970’s (my teen years, I was born in 1960). My friends and I have watched Rock and Roll evolve. We know its past doesn’t simply sit with Elvis Presley. It started with Robert Johnson, it traveled through Sun House blues on its way to Louis Armstrong’s trumpet and B.B. King’s guitar Lucile. It changed again when Buddy Holly put more than one guitarist in his band and Elvis and Jerry Lee gave it just a little white trash funk. The voices followed, Roy Orbison, Karen Carpenter, Michael Jackson, Steve Perry and so many, many more.

The point is, it’s not the same as it was. I don’t know if it’s better today than it was back then. Like I said, I’ve seen most of the names above and more. Some were dead before I was born and here’s what I think about that…

In the 1980’s I got to see Roy Orbison. There was not a lot of his music I could stomach. His recordings were strange and his voice sounded odd. His music simply wasn’t appealing to me.

Then I got to hear him live. I’ve never heard such a voice before or since. There was something there, a component of sound to his voice that couldn’t be picked up by recording equipment. I’m not lying. Efforts as far back as the 1950’s to capture that sound circulate to this day. Stories of how they collected coats and mink stoles and surrounded Row with these hung on racks to capture the sound, to rein it in, to tame it, but all attempts failed. In order to have heard… whatever that was it was inescapable that you had to stand before him in person. I was flabbergasted. I stood before the stage, 10 feet from the man while everyone else in Chastain Park sat and listened. I stayed there, just before the wings of the stage and listened. Why had I never heard this sound before? How could it be, that even with a song as recently recorded as “You Got It” THIS sound had not been captured?

I see my Eagles experience like that. The recording studio is great to get the sound just right, the stage is the place where our hero’s make the sound real. My Son has gotten to see that in some of Rock’s oldest and most influential bands of their time. I will continue to take him as long as they are around. He was raised with this music in our house. Friday night, he knew every word to every song played, even old James Gang tunes.

Thanks to the Eagles for making this possible for us (me and my family) to see them. Thanks Guys.

Mark McDonald


October 18th, 2010
3:50 pm

Our group made the mistake of buying the so-called VIP tickets. What a rip-off.

We arrived a couple of hours early and were on the second “row” — but that was before everyone who came later crowded the hard surface that Piedmont Park had put down along the front of the stage to act as an aisle. We thought those folks would move along and take a seat, especially as concert time approached, but the aisles continued to swell as more and more attendees pushed their way in, then just stood there. As others have mentioned, those of us who arrived early were pushed, stepped on, and had drinks sloshed on us.

The entrance to the VIP area should have been at the back of that section so that the area would have filled up from the front to the back in the order of patrons’ arrival. When we complained to Piedmont Park personnel, they just shrugged their shoulders. We could have easily seen the Eagles at another venue, which is definitely what we’ll do in the future. No more Piedmont Park concerts for this fan; I’ll take my tourist dollars elsewhere.

As for the performance itself: Of the times I’ve seen the Eagles, this was my least favorite. I’ll give Henley a pass this time because of his health. I wish they’d mix up the play list every once in a while, and I was disappointed that “Dirty Laundry” background scenes were the only ones that were fresh; most of the rest I recall from other tours. But these guys still rock.

Atlanta Eagle

October 18th, 2010
4:43 pm

The Eagles are great. But some of the reviews here bring to mind the term “pearls before swine.”

You younger smart arses can google the term to understand what it means (if you ever learned to read).


October 18th, 2010
6:14 pm

…I paid $400 for the VIP tix for McCartney last year and it was beyond SCREWED UP. (Paul was GREAT.) The PARK MANAGEMENT are COMPLETE IDIOTS AND CAN NOT MANAGE A VIP SECTION. warm beer, way too many people.


Big Ed

October 18th, 2010
10:37 pm

I was so far away I couldn’t see the stage and the trees blocked the jumbotron. Bummer…I paid all this money to “listen” to a concert.