Eagles “Hotel California” Tour 10/9/19

The Eagles have announced the initial dates to its 2020 Hotel California tour. The show, which just played a few dates in Las Vegas, sees the band tackling the 1976 classic album in its entirety — followed by the concert’s second half, spotlighting their career-spanning classics. The upcoming 12-date, six city tour will feature an accompanying orchestra and choir, and kicks off on February 7th and 8th at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. Along the way, the band will hit New York City, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco, before winding things down over two nights — April 17th and 18th — at Inglewood, California’s The Forum.

The 31-song Hotel California shows in Vegas kicked off with the classic album, with the band going on to play a further 23 tunes — including a few dips into both Don Henley and Joe Walsh‘s solo catalogues.

In addition to Henley and Walsh, the Eagles also feature 41-year-veteran Timothy B. Schmit — along with the late-Glenn Frey‘s 25-year-old son Deacon Frey, as well as country legend Vince Gill.

Hotel California is now the third best-selling album of all time, having been certified 26-times Platinum by the RIAA for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies.

The fall marks the 40th anniversary of the Eagles’ The Long Run — the first album to feature bassist and vocalist Timothy B. Schmit.  We asked Schmit if back in 1978, when he first replaced co-founder Randy Meisner on the road, if he had any reservations about joining a band in which two of its four original members had quit citing both creative differences and exhaustion: [“No. I didn’t think ‘Oh, what am I getting myself into?’ I totally welcomed it. Listen, I knew how strong-headed both Don and Glenn were, and I knew Joe from years ago. And in fact, Joe and I spent a whole night (laughs) together, stayed up carrying on, talking about my new. . . my new position. And we talked a lot about the band and I just kinda said ‘Bring it on, I can do this.’ There’s a reason this band is successful — this is what I wanna do (laughs).”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . I wanna do (laughs))

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):

February 7, 8 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
February 14, 15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
February 29 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
March 1 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
March 6, 7 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
April 11, 12 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
April 17, 18 – Inglewood, CA – The Forum

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • The Eagles have announced the initial dates to its 2020 Hotel California tour. The band performs the 1976 classic album in its entirety, followed by another half of the show spotlighting band and solo classics.
  • The upcoming 12-date, six city tour will feature an accompanying orchestra and choir, and kicks off on February 7th and 8th at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.
  • Along the way the band will hit New York City, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco, before winding things down over two nights — April 17th and 18th — at Inglewood, California’s The Forum.

FAST FACTS

  • The Eagles‘ Hotel California was released on December 8th, 1976, and marked the group’s third chart-topper in a row, following 1975’s One Of These Nights and 1976’s compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
  • Hotel California included two Number One hits featuring the group’s main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with late guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on “New Kid In Town,” and drummer Don Henley singing the album’s famous title track. The album’s third single, “Life In The Fast Lane,” just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.
  • The album’s themes reflected the state of America through the decaying Los Angeles rock scene, which by the mid-’70s had changed from an earnest singer-songwriter community into a far more decadent lifestyle fueled by celebrity, money, and drugs.

SIDE NOTES

  • In December 2017, the Eagles released the Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Collection. The new double-CD/Blu-ray Audio set includes remastered sound, 10 previously unreleased live recordings taped in October 1976 at the L.A. Forum, as well as hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes.