February 19th, 2016
At the risk of this blog/podcast becoming a posthumous hit parade, I am going to post another show in memory of a rock star who has died recently. Last month on the 18th Glenn Frey passed away. He was 67.
Although best-known for his work with The Eagles, death notices reminded me that his solo work was hard to avoid in the mid-80s with songs like “The Heat Is On” and “Smuggler’s Blues” being ubiquitous.
While the only Eagles song that I care to listen to these days is “Journey of the Sorcerer”, there’s no doubt that Frey and the rest of the band deserve credit for being progenitors of country rock. Not only as The Eagles but also as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band. Plus, like The Eagles and their easy going California sound or not, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) has sold something on the order of 30 million copies which is no mean feat.
The Eagles played here in Madison on 19 November 1976 but I’ve never seen a copy of that show. But their performance at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin in 1980 is available and so I am posting that tonight. It was 28 June and was their last Wisconsin show before the band went on hiatus/broke up.
I didn’t realize that they played so many Joe Walsh solo tunes – four of them. I was also surprised to see Frankie Ford’s “Sea Cruise” in the setlist.
It’s a very good audience recording.
In The City
King Of Hollywood
The Sad Cafe
I Can’t Tell You Why
Turn To Stone
The Long Run
Life’s Been Good
Life In The Fast Lane
Rocky Mountain Way
Take It Easy
All Night Long
Considering how popular The Long Run was, it is awfully hard to find any live Eagles from 1980. However, live footage from 1977 is quite common. So here’s “Lyin’ Eyes” from 1977, a song the Frey co-wrote and sang lead on.