Eagles Kick Off First Leg of Long Goodbye Tour in NYC

The Eagles kicked off the first two dates of the first leg of their Long Goodbye Tour with a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden.

As is typical for many Eagles shows, the band started the historic gigs with the beautiful harmonies of "Seven Bridges Road," a Steve Young cover the band used to sing the song in the backstage shower area acappella to warm up.

Eventually they would perform it on stage to open the show with each member gathering around a lone microphone to show off their beautiful vocals.

Today's Eagles which are comprised of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey (son of the late Eagle Glenn Frey) harken back to those days by opening with the song which was their last Top 40 hit of the '80s.

As expected these Eagles breezed effortlessly through their mountain of greatest hits, from "Take it Easy" to "Best of My Love" to "Tequila Sunrise," but the group paused to give love to one of their peers who recently passed away, best known for a different fruity drink.

“Jimmy Buffett is now sailing on that cosmic ocean, having that cheeseburger with Glenn [Frey] and Randy [Meisner],” Don Henley told the capacity crowd in Manhattan.

Don Henley giving respect to Jimmy Buffett before the band went into two songs by the recently fallen singer / songwriter

“We always liked to laugh and say we survived the ’70s together,” Henley said somberly with an acoustic guitar strapped around him.

“Jimmy was one of the hardest working men I ever saw, but he made work look like play. He brought joy to everything he did — including the work. And one of his final wishes was that we keep the party going.”

The Eagles then went into Buffett's 1974 hit “Come Monday” and then "Fins." Walsh even wore a Parrot Hat.

Walsh, the comic relief of the band, and the one with the edgier roots, also led the band into "Life's Been Good," which always puts a smile on everyone's face.

The show concluded with perhaps the most iconic Eagles classic, "Hotel California" whose lyrics may epitomize this Long Goodbye Tour.

Despite the fact that this is the first leg of the farewell tour, many are suspecting this victory lap will continue to go on through 2025.

You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave indeed.

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But then again, why leave when you're firing on all pistons.

According to Variety, the Eagles / Steely Dan show is as good as any of the ones filling football stadiums:

"With a first show so tasty and memorably laden with hit after hit – and this doesn’t even touch on the oddly complementary rhythm and blues jazz of Donald Fagen’s Steely Dan – the Eagles’ farewell easily competes with the likes of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé for tour of the year," A.D. Amorosi wrote.

Tickets available on the Eagles website.

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Last updated: 2 Oct 2023, 11:24 Etc/UTC