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My son and I gifted each other tickets to see the Eagles on their 2018 tour. At the time we saw them they had 54 total shows booked and Indianapolis was their first. The group was still working out some kinks, but that was fine since this afforded us a slightly longer show. Dave Lindquist of the Indianapolis Star reported the group sang 28 songs five more than the usual 23.1 We had wonderful seats (thank you son) and we had such a wonderful time. It was well worth the added expense to get great seats in the lower section. As my son said back in December when we were debating ticket prices, you probably only see the Eagles once in your life, so paying a few extra dollars for great seats is likely worth it.

RA takes a star performer

I am struck by the absence of Glenn Frey one of the founding members who succumbed to an autoimmune condition, believed to be rheumatoid arthritis which led to colitis and pneumonia. In his place, the band substituted two new members Vince Gill and Mr. Frey’s son, Deacon Frey.

I have long enjoyed the music of the Eagles, I still have the 1973 album “On the Border” in my collection. That album and “the Eagles” greatest hits collection 1971- 1975 were mainstays of my youth. Songs like “Take it Easy” co-written by Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne with Mr. Frey on lead vocals; Tequila Sunrise co-written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey with Mr. Frey on Lead vocals; and my absolute favorite my “Ole 55” written by Tom Waite with lead vocals by Glenn Frey and Don Henley in which the group sang about the women, cars, and freedom. Basically, everything a 17-year-old boy on his way to college was dreaming of.

By 1980, the band was at cross purposes and they had a terrible breakup which reportedly caused Don Henley to say the Band would get together again when “Hell Freezes Over”.  Which incidentally became the name of the 1994 reunion tour which was sold out in 156 cities and lasted through 1996. The band continued to record and tour up until 2015 when the multiyear tour ended. In 2015 the Eagles were slated to be inducted in the Kennedy Center Honors program, but they deferred because of Glenn Frey’s illness. Unfortunately, he passed on January 18, 2016, in New York City.

It is true I adore the music of the Eagles and of course that includes the incredible lyrics and singing of Glenn Frey. But I also love something else about him he never let RA stop his career. For many years it was rumored that Mr. Frey was ill and it has been said that tour dates were arranged at least in part around his treatment schedule. At 67 he sounded as good as ever.

Mr. Frey’s life proves at least one thing; we who suffer from RA can continue to excel long after our diagnosis.  Mr. Frey proved that RA is not for those who are weak.  He did it his way in the best way possible.  That is what I adore about Mr. Frey and the Eagles. Together they worked with and around RA.  That night in March 2018 in Indianapolis when the Eagles sang “Take It to the Limit,” or “Best of My Love” or any of the other 28 songs; I was excited that I can still hear this kind of music craftmanship, even if I was missing one of the founding members.

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  1. Lindquist D. 5 reasons the Eagles may have already played the year’s best concert. Indianapolis Star. March 18, 2018, 2018;Entertainment: 1.

Comments

  • cannonsplash
    1 year ago

    Rick – I also admired Glenn Frey and was sad when he passed, but happy that he lives on in the Music of the Eagles, and his own music. I’m so glad you got to see them. I tell myself to Buy the concert tickets. I’m seeing U2 in July. Favorite band from college and I’ve never seen them, and in September I’m seeing Elton John. Sadly it’s his farewell tour and I know it will be the last one. Sigh

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    1 year ago

    My wife and I saw Elton John and Billy Joel on a double bill a few years ago and of the two Elton John was by far the better performer. I had always heard his shows were amazing and I have to agree he was spectacular. I know you will have a wonderful time.

  • Doni
    1 year ago

    Thank you for your great share! Back in the late 90’s The Eagles were our main music in our restaurant in Austin, TX! All day, every day! I appreciate your thoughtful comments and sharing of your experience.

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    1 year ago

    It was a great fun evening. We had a great dinner, a great concert and best of all, I had my son drop me off around midnight, I went to bed, and was thankful he, not I had to be up at 6:00 AM for work. We old guys do have some advantages. 🙂

  • Jo J
    1 year ago

    What a great share, from one Eagles fan to another. I remember watching TV specials where he was seated for much of his performances. It must have been very painful for him and his loved ones. I’m glad Glenn Frey was mostly able to keep his diagnosis private while alive. I do wonder about his motivation. Strictly a private man, which is understandable, or worried about public image or acceptance? Being famous does not require you to become an advocate, but we can use as many as possible! But most of all, I’m sad for his loss. Selfishly, I’d love to see the new group with his son and Gill playing tribute to him!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips author
    1 year ago

    I cannot tell you how awesome it was to see them play live. It was a thrill no matter when or where we got to listen to them. I can say Vince Gill was so good (eyes still shut while he plays and sings). I suggest checking them out on their current tour. Deacon Frey was clearly a great addition to the band.

    I have spent over 40 years listening and I will gladly carry forward, but no matter the additions or various subtractions, Glen Frey will always be missed.

    Oh and My Ole’55 is still my favorite Eagles song.

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