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Forty-one years and soaring
/ 11 April 2012
One of America’s biggest ever rock bands, The Eagles arrive in Dubai tomorrow for their first ever performance in the Middle East. Adam Zacharias brings you all you need to know about the veteran hitmakers
The band have won six Grammy Awards. The first came in 1975 for Best Pop Vocal Performance with Lyin’ Eyes and the most recent came in 2009 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance with I Dreamed There Was No War.
While The Eagles are credited with helping create the ‘Southern California Sound’, none of the band members hail from there. Glenn Frey is from Michigan, Don Henley from Texas, Timothy B. Schmit from Northern California and Joe Walsh from Kansas.
After 1979’s U.S. number one album The Long Run, The Eagles broke up - but only after releasng concert album Eagles Live, which they owed the record company contractually. Glenn Frey and Don Henley couldn’t bear to be in the same room as each other while compiling the album, which was mixed on opposite sides of America and contained the names of five lawyers on its liner notes. The band eventually reunited in 1994.
In February, Joe Walsh joined Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl onstage to close the Grammy Awards show.
Concert organiser DONE Events has created ‘Radio Eagles’ to celebrate the band’s Dubai visit. Listen to songs from their back catalogue online at www.eaglesdubai.com.
The band’s most recognisable hit internationally is the epic Hotel California from 1977. A tale of destructive hedonism in Los Angeles, the song began life as an instrumental by former member Don Felder and was originally titled Mexican Reggae. It is regularly listed as one of the greatest songs of all time.
The Eagles are the only recording artists in musical history to have three albums that have each sold more than ten million units. Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 is the best-selling album in America ever, tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller on 29 million units, while Hotel California and Greatest Hits 2 have sold more than 16 million and 11 million copies respectively.
The group’s five U.S. number one singles all came between 1974 and 1979: Best of My Love, One of These Nights, New Kid in Town, Hotel California and Heartache Tonight. Other major hits to listen out for tomorrow are Witchy Woman, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit and Life in the Fast Lane.
Don Henley and Glenn Frey both had hits in the ‘80s with solo songs from movie soundtracks – the former with Who Owns This Place from The Color of Money and the latter with The Heat is On from Beverly Hills Cop. Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit have also contributed to soundtracks, the former with All Night Long, a U.S. top 20 hit from Urban Cowboy (1980), and the latter with I Only Have Eyes for You from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991).
The Eagles have sold 120 million alums worldwide.
Don Henley has had the most successful solo career out of the band members, with four albums topping platinum sales and popular tracks like The Boys of Summer and Dirty Laundry.
The Eagles featured prominently on the soundtrack to Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), contributing four solo songs to Cameron Crowe’s debut film. Glenn Frey also acted in the director’s Jerry Maguire (1996) as an American football coach, and inspired the character of Russell in Almost Famous (2000), based on Crowe’s real-life experience interviewing The Eagles for Rolling Stone magazine.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page bought his favourite guitar, the 1959 Gibson Les Paul titled ‘Number One’, from Joe Walsh in 1969.
In 1998, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility.
· What: The Eagles live in Dubai
· Where: The Sevens Stadium
· When: Thursday, April 12
· Cost: From Dhs350 upwards
· Tickets: Go to www.eaglesdubai.com
Buses will leave from the Hard Rock Cafe, Festival City and Jumeirah Emirates Towers from 4.30pm running until 8.30pm, returning to these two locations after the show. The Hard Rock Café will also host an after-party for those wishing to continue the fun post-concert.
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