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Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand 20 February 2011
'Greatest Hits' is the biggest selling album by any Western rock act
here in Thailand. Along with the Scorpions it the the music of the
Eagles that you're more than likely to hear on any night out in the land
If I was
given 100 Baht for every time I've heard a local bar band perform 'Hotel
California' with broken English vocals then I would've saved enough
money to buy my own personal jet to fly to this beautiful country, a
place that you can checkout any time you want, but you can never leave.
second time The Eagles have performed in Thailand, having last been here
in 2004 and tonight is the first date of their Asian tour taking in such
countries as Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Thailand is still listed as a Third World country, that doesn't mean
that you can pick up a cut price ticket to see the country rock legends.
the front block next to the stage are priced at 7,500 Baht ( approx.
£150, the average weekly wage for your educated Thai.) or for those like
myself who have a ticket up in the gods, then that will set you back
3,000 Baht ( approx £60 , but I shouldn't complain as i actually bought
the very last ticket on sale for this concert before it sold out, lucky
starts with Glenn Fry, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh
evenly spread out front off the stage with acoustic guitars in hand as
the band give us a short burst of 'Seven Bridges Road' before rocking
things up a little with 'How Long', a single from their seventh and last
studio LP 'Long Road Out Of Eden'.
'Hotel California' is the fourth song in. Whilst it was great to hear
Don Henley perfectly sing this classic from behind his drum kit, I felt
the song lacked bite being played so early.
Most of the
guitar work was handled by the 'fifth' Eagles member Steuart Smith who
did a fluid job throughout the evening, but I felt that such an iconic
song would've of benifited being at the tail end of the set when the
band could lead off the crowd and give this song some great ending
improvisation just like they did back in the seventies.
favourite Eagles member here in Thailand was bassist Timothy B. Schmit
who was greeted with the loudest cheers of the night especially from the
ladies in the house who were swooning over his youthful looks and were
seducted by his self penned hit, the smooth sexy number 'I Can't Tell
You Why'. Later Schmit would talk some pleasantries in fluent Thai much
to the appreciation of the Bangkokians.
harmonies of the band members is precise and flawless on songs such as 'Lyin'
Eyes' delivered with such vitality, you realise why the Eagles are such
a big unit in the history of rock and why so many bar bands who attempt
to cover these songs never break away from performing in front of the
short interval the band return the way they started the evening - with
acoustics in hand - to give us some recent material from the overlooked
'Long Road Out Of Eden'. The strength of songs such as 'No More Walks In
The Wood' and the whimsical 'Waiting In The Weeds' were the highlights
of the evening and certainly had me returning to the album once I
returned back home.
harmonies were evident again for 'Best Of My Love' the first number one
hit for Eagles followed by their first million seller 'Take It To The
Limit', stats proudly stated by Glenn Frey.
The set took
a dip a little bit with some solo offerings from the band members that
are not so well known in this country. Joe Walsh gave us some James Gang
tracks, 'Walk Away' and 'Funk #49' but his solo hit 'Life's Been Good'
lightened up the evening which featured some photos of his past on the
big screen showing the man clowning around in numerous disguises.
'Dirty Laundry' was way out of pace with the set, although having a
strong lyrical content, the music was just horrible 80's MTV AOR pap.
ended on a high bringing a three hour set to a climax with 'Take It
Easy' and Henley out front with 'Desperado'. The Eagles are a class of
their own who have rightly earned their place in the history books of
Set List : Seven Bridges Road / How Long / I Don't Want To Hear Anymore
/ Hotel California / Peaceful Easy Feeling / I Can't Tell You Why /
Witchy Woman / Lyin' Eyes / The Boys Of Summer / In The City / The Long
Run / No More Walks In The Wood / Waiting In The Weeds / No More Cloudy
Days / Love Will Keep Us Alive / Best Of My Love / Take It To The Limit
/ Long Road Out Of Eden / Walk Away / One Of These Nights / Life's Been
Good / Dirty Laundry / Funk #49 / Heartache Tonight / Life In The Fast
Lane .. encores .. Take It Easy / Desperado
and photos by Mark Taylor
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