Setlist Playlist: Dig Into Songs on Eagles Hotel California 2020

The Eagles are touring Hotel California.
That's right–the band is playing their highly acclaimed 1976 album in full each night (backed by a full orchestra) before diving into a selection of greatest hits. And yes, of course there's a killer encore!
The Hotel California 2020 Tour kicked off February 7th in Atlanta at State Farm Arena and is scheduled to come to a close April 24th in Los Angeles at the Forum. It looks like The Boys of Summer will be taking the summer off–as of right now, they only have three shows planned (see those dates below).
Cue up our Hotel California 2020 Setlist Playlist on Spotify, and keep reading for a closer look at some of the songs the Eagles are playing on the road.
Here's a sneak peek:
Eagles Hotel California 2020 Tour setlist

"Hotel California"

It's so good, they play it twice. The title track to 1976's Hotel California bookends the band's setlists in their live shows on this tour.
Don Henley said the song was inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel.
"We were getting an extensive education, in life, in love, in business. Beverly Hills was still a mythical place to us. In that sense it became something of a symbol, and the 'Hotel' the locus of all that LA had come to mean for us. In a sentence, I'd sum it up as the end of the innocence, round one."
"Hotel California" is the Eagles' most-known and is their third most-played song ever, having been performed live 1,041 times.
Check out this live performance from 1977!
Eagles, "Hotel California"

"Take It Easy"

"Take It Easy" was written by Jackson Browne and the late Glenn Frey. The song ended up on the Eagles' debut album in 1972, and has since become one of their signature songs.
But as with every great song–there's a story behind it! "Take It Easy" was supposed to appear on Browne's debut album. He began writing it in 1971, but was having a difficult time finishing it. Frey helped him finish the second verse, and the pair ended up finishing the whole song together.
"I knew Glenn Frey from playing these clubs," Browne said.
"We kept showing up at the same clubs and singing on the open mic nights. Glenn happened to come by to say 'hi,' and to hang around when I was in the studio, and I showed him the beginnings of that song, and he asked if I was going to put it on my record and I said it wouldn't be ready in time. He said 'well, we'll put it on, we'll do it,' 'cause he liked it. But it wasn't finished, and he kept after me to finish it, and finally offered to finish it himself. And after a couple of times when I declined to have him finish my song, I said, 'all right.' I finally thought, 'This is ridiculous. Go ahead and finish it. Do it.' And he finished it in spectacular fashion. And, what's more, arranged it in a way that was far superior to what I had written."
Jackson Browne talking about writing "Take It Easy"

"The Boys of Summer"

This Don Henley classic was composed by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) and was featured on Henley's 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast.
Campbell apparently wrote a demo of the song for Tom Petty, but they didn't think it fit on the album they were working on (1985's Southern Accents), so Campbell showed it to Henley, who wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocal!
The Eagles have played the song 655 times live so far; it made its live debut in 1994 on the band's Hell Freezes Over Tour.
Check out one of the Eagles' recent performances of "The Boys of Summer!"
Eagles, "The Boys of Summer" live


"Desperado" first appeared on the 1973 album of the same name, and then on various compilation albums.
The band recorded the song at Island Studios in London, with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Henley says he was intimidated by the large orchestra. "I didn't sing my best," he said. "I wish I could have done that song again."
Enjoy this live rendition:
Glenn Frey, "Desperado"
The Eagles usually save this song for the encore, performing it after "Rocky Mountain Way" and before "The Long Run."
Unfortunately, there is no correlation between this song and the Rihanna song of the same name. But here's the link if you're interested.
Up next, the Eagles are heading to Texas for a two-night stint at the Toyota Center in Houston! See the rest of their dates below, and head to Live Nation to get tickets.

Eagles' Hotel California 2020 Tour dates:

03/06- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
03/07- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
03/17- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
03/26- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
03/28- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/03- Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
04/04- Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
04/11- San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
04/12- San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
04/17- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/18- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/21- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
04/24- Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
04/26- Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
05/24- Los Cabos, Mexico @ Cabo En Vivo
08/29- London, United Kingdom @ Wembley Stadium
08/30- London, United Kingdom @ Wembley Stadium
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Last updated: 21 Oct 2020, 20:10 Etc/UTC