It looks like hell has frozen over - again! The legendary Eagles are following up their last smash tour with the Dixie Chicks with the "Long Road Out of Eden World Tour" in 2008-10. Get your Eagles tickets today - you never know, this could really be your last chance!
The Eagles formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1971. Musicians taken from singer Linda Ronstadt's group formed the successful ensemble. The original four members included Bernie Leadon on guitar and vocals, Randy Meisner on bass and vocals, Glenn Frey on guitar and vocals and Don Henely on drums and vocals. Such pedigrees ensured interest in the new group, which was signed immediately to David Geffen's Asylum Records label.
The Eagles recorded 'Take It Easy', which was written by Frey and Jackson Browne, and 'Witchy Woman', both of which reached the U.S. Top 20 and established the group's harmonious country-rock sound. Their first release, Desperado, firmly established the band as leaders in their field and contained several of their most popular songs, including the pleadingly emotional title track.
The follow-up, On The Border, reassured the group's commercial success. 'Best Of My Love' became their first U.S. number one while new member Don Felder was added to the group's sound. The Eagles reached superstar status with One Of These Nights, as the title track topped the U.S. charts. The platinum-selling album included 'Lyin' Eyes', which is now considered a standard on Gold format radio, and the classic 'Take It To The Limit'. The album also helped the group reach international ground with each of these tracks reaching the UK Top 30. The newfound pressure of success proved too great for Leadon who left the line-up in December 1975.
Leadon's replacement was Joe Walsh, former lead guitarist with the James Gang and a successful solo artist. The choice to add Walsh was followed by the hit album Hotel California, which topped the US charts for eight weeks and produced two number one singles with the title track and 'New Kid In Town'. A holiday recording, 'Please Come Home For Christmas', was the group's recorded offering for 1978. Problems the following year resulted in Meisner's departure. He was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit who first appeared on The Long Run which produced a fifth U.S. number one with 'Heartache Tonight'. A temporary vacation taken at the end of the 70's became a full-fledged break-up in 1982 when long-standing disagreements could not be resolved. Henley, Frey and Felder began solo careers while Walsh resumed the path he had followed prior to joining the band.
The Eagles' quest for perfection and commitment to skill led to them become one of the era's leading acts. The final line-up of the band eventually re-formed in the mid-90's after months of speculation. The resulting album proved that they were still one of the world's most popular acts. Their 1994-1995 tour of the U.S. was the second largest-grossing on record, taking the seat next to The Rolling Stones. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album now competes with Michael Jackson's Thriller as the biggest-selling album of all time, having sold 25 million units in the U.S. alone. The Eagles have been in the forefront of classic rock music since the day they stepped onto the scene. With reunion tours scheduled and the music still selling, it can't be imagined they would be taking a back seat anytime soon.
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