EAGLES LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

Friday saw the first of a series of shows by legendary Eagles who recently announced their goodbye tour earlier this year. The band have played a number of dates in the UK’s major venues, and tonight was their first show at Manchester’s brand new Co-op Live!

The venue has been hit with a number of controversies in recent weeks, with the venue not being ready, followed by a number of technical issues, and more recently Nicki Minaj failing to make the venue at all due to a slight incident in Amsterdam…tonight however, all things ran very smoothly indeed, with me being incredibly lucky to experience the Co-op Live’s VIP suites (thank you Molly of Live Nation) and Ben of the Co-op team for making this gig one to remember. I could certainly not fault the hospitality and the kindness of the staff who went out of their way to make us feel welcome!

Back to the music and the support act for this evening was The Doobie Brothers who last year celebrated a special milestone of 50 years together as a band. They certainly defied their age this evening putting on an electrifying performance. The Co-op sound is like no other, meaning that all those millions spent on this impressive new landmark was worth it. The band played a forty five minute set including their very cool Kenny Loggins cover ‘What a Fool Believes’ and of course ‘Long Train Running’.

After being suitable warmed up by The effortlessly cool Doobie Brothers, it was time for the main event. Don Henley casually introduces the band as ‘just a bunch of guys with guitars’ and he is spot on, as these veterans of the industry do not rely on gimmicks or extensive stage sets to impress an audience.

Their huge commercial success speaks for itself, and hit after hit was played to this incredibly appreciative audience. The guitar solos themselves were worth the ticket price, teamed with laid back soothing harmonies. A notable absence is of course Glen Frey who passed away in 2016, his son Deacon steps in tonight, a nice touch for longtime fans.

One noticeable aspect and a true display of brotherhood is how the band stand side by side on stage, for their is no ego in this band, all members are equally front men in their own right. The band breifly leave the stage before returning to do a generous four track encore which begins with the legendary ‘Hotel California’ and the set is completed with ‘Heartache Tonight’.

Who can say whether this will be their last tour, or whether they will continue for a little longer, the band still have dates left at Co-op Live so maybe don’t take that risk and have a nosey round the biggest venue in Europe!

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