Live review: the Eagles at Hyde Park 26/6/22

My first BST Hyde Park festival since Blur in 2015, and I’ve not just got one this year, but two. First the Eagles then the Rolling Stones a week later.

Having long been on my bucket-list of must-see artists, I’d somehow managed to avoid seeing the Eagles until now so today was always going to be really special. It was made even more special by the early evening support slot from none other than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. It’s a superb fit as their lush bluegrass-soaked Americana perfectly complements the laid-back, west coast, country rock of the headliners. Giving us a selection of tracks from their stunning 2007 Raising Sand album and its recent follow-up, Raise The Roof, the pair also manage to chuck in a couple of Zep covers, too – ‘Rock and Roll’ and a majestic version of ‘The Battle of Evermore’, originally a duet between Plant and Sandy Denny.

The sun continued to shine and the Eagles took to the stage on a lovely warm summer evening in Hyde Park. If there’s one band you don’t want to see performing against a backdrop of typically unreliable British weather, it’s got to be the Eagles. But everything is on their side tonight.

Following the sad passing of Glenn Frey back in 2016, the Eagles these days are Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and new boy, Vince Gill. It’s a masterclass of a performance and the classics just keep rolling: ‘One Of These Nights’, ‘Witchy Woman’, Take It To The Limit’, Lyin’ Eyes’, They just keep coming.

Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon, who was officially part of the line-up for a time following his father’s death, joins as a special guest for a couple of songs, including a stunning ‘Take It Easy’.

Ever the rock star, and never one to really go for the regulation, trade-mark, laid-back Eagles  persona, Joe Walsh brings his flamboyance to the performance and gets to do a couple of his solo numbers, too. He’s still in fine voice and his guitar-playing is just a delight. Drummer and founder, Don Henley, also gives us one of his solo numbers, dedicating ‘The Boys of Summer’ to Taylor Hawkins.

Those Eagles classics keep coming though. They’ll be on for two hours by the end. Probably mindful of Westminster City Council’s ultra-strict curfew policy and given that we are now well past 10pm, “We’re not going to do that walk on and walk off thing,” we’re told. Before we know it, it’s ‘Hotel California’ and it just felt magical being in Hyde Park late on a summer evening watching the Eagles perform the song they’ll always be most famous for. We’re not quite finished yet and there’s time to squeeze in ‘Rocky Mountain Way’, ‘Desperado’  and ‘Already Gone’ before the curfew hits.

A truly magical evening and a chance to finally see one of my bucket-list bands. And next week it’s the Stones!

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Setlist:

Seven Bridges Road

One of These Nights

New Kid in Town

Witchy Woman

Take It to the Limit

Lyin’ Eyes

In the City

I Can’t Tell You Why

Victim of Love

Tequila Sunrise

Best of My Love

Peaceful Easy Feeling

Take It Easy

Life’s Been Good

Those Shoes

The Boys of Summer

Funk #49

Heartache Tonight

Life in the Fast Lane

Hotel California

Rocky Mountain Way

Desperado

Already Gone

Related review:

Live review: the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park 3/7/22

10 thoughts on “Live review: the Eagles at Hyde Park 26/6/22

      1. Oh he wanted to do his own thing, that’s cool! I agree. It’s great that he still pops in now and then with the Eagles. I’m not a huge fan of them, but I’ve seen clips of him doing “Take It Easy” with the guys and I think he’s great!

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  1. That sounds really cool, Darren, so glad you could finally see the Eagles. I was fortunate to catch them in July 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey – about six months prior to Glenn Frey’s untimely death. It was during their so-called “History of the Eagles” tour.

    While Don Henley doesn’t strike me as a pleasant person, he’s a fantastic songwriter and vocalist, and these guys put on an amazing show. Their harmony singing is out of this world. The setlist from “my” show is here:

    https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/eagles/2015/boardwalk-hall-atlantic-city-nj-5bf6d720.html

    Obviously a good deal of overlap to “your” concert.

    Have another ball with the Stones. Over the weekend, I saw a great live clip of “Start Me Up,” captured during their June 25 show in Hyde Park. Mick Jagger working that stage like a 20-year-old. You’d never guess he recently recovered from COVID – just unbelievable!

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      1. That’s cool! I’ve seen the Stones twice, both times in the U.S. and with Charlie.

        The first concert was in 2005 during the “Bigger Bang Tour”. I saw them again in August 2019 during the “No Filter Tour”.

        Both gigs were amazing. It may only be rock & roll, but you’ll like, like it, yes you will!

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