The Eagles U.S. Tour
The career-defining two-year stretch of shows
that followed 1976's Hotel California saw the Eagles become a stadium
band. Yet in an era in which rock shows were growing bigger and more
impersonal, the Eagles' studio perfectionists, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, found
a way to recreate the feel and detail of their albums onstage, with every
harmony and guitar lick seamlessly in place decades before backing tapes and
Auto-Tune made that process easier. Hits like "Life in the Fast Lane"
and "Take It to the Limit" were given almost impossibly pristine
treatment. The tour itself was chaotic; at one point, bassist Randy Meisner and
Frey got into a fistfight when Frey called Meisner a "pussy." But you
wouldn't have known it watching their sets. "Some critic said we used to
go out onstage and loiter," Henley said. "I think we accomplished a
great deal." D.B.