Eagles Launch Their Farewell Tour at Madison Square Garden
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The legendary Eagles band embarked on their Long Goodbye farewell tour with a sensational opening night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The evening began with a stellar performance by Steely Dan, who treated the audience to a selection of their classic hits, including “Hey Nineteen,” “Dirty Work,” and “Reelin’ in the Years.”
It’s worth noting that Steely Dan and the Eagles share a history of collaboration.
Donald Fagen, the sole surviving member of Steely Dan, mentioned, “[Timothy B. Schmit] used to help out singing backup in the ’70s,” and Don Henley even participated in a couple of sessions with them.
The Eagles took the stage, commencing their unforgettable performance with a rendition of “Seven Bridges Road.” During the show, Henley acknowledged the recent loss of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner, expressing the band’s deep sorrow. Henley described Meisner as an incredible musician with an amazing singing voice, and the band dedicated their rendition of “Take It to the Limit” to honor his memory.
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The night also paid tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett, who passed away on September 1st.
Henley shared heartfelt words, saying, “Jimmy Buffett is now sailing on that cosmic ocean, having that cheeseburger with Glenn [Frey] and Randy.” He added, “We always liked to laugh and say we survived the ’70s together.” Joe Walsh joined in, reminiscing about their adventures, including being asked to leave some of the world’s finest hotels.
The Eagles delighted the audience with two Jimmy Buffett covers, “Come Monday” and “Fins.” Walsh, adorned with a colorful “parrot head” hat, delivered a spirited performance of the latter.
Walsh, Henley, Schmit, Vince Gill, and Deacon Frey treated fans to a hit-packed setlist, including some of Walsh’s solo classics like “In the City,” “All Night Long,” and “Rocky Mountain Way.”
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As the Eagles embarked on their Long Goodbye tour, they reflected on their journey and expressed gratitude to their dedicated fans.
They acknowledged the support of their management and crew throughout the years and thanked their fans for embracing their music. They emphasized that the music would continue, even as they bid farewell to the touring life.
Eagles’ Joe Walsh explained their decision to embark on the farewell tour, stating:
“I think people like B.B. King set an example, which is, there’s no reason to stop unless you can’t do it. And so we’re just announcing that we’re gonna just focus on playing quality shows and slow it down a little bit. And we’re gonna play until we can’t, or play until nobody comes, whichever comes first. But they’re still coming, so why stop? That’s the only thing we know how to do.”
With tour dates scheduled through November 18th, fans can continue to experience the Eagles’ iconic music and celebrate the band’s enduring legacy.