Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday To-Do: The Eagles

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The Eagles
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THE EAGLES
8 p.m., Verizon Arena. $47-$152

"Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" has sold 29 million copies to date. They were the first band to sell a $100 concert ticket during their 1994 "Hell Freezes Over" tour. They're inescapable on radio waves. For as successful as their storied career in rock music has been, The Eagles definitely do not rock. Their spines don't have LSD scars like Lennon or McCartney's and there's not a single Jagger swagger to be found in any of them. It seems the older generation has a tenuous grasp on their group fanaticism towards the band. The younger heads are beyond dismissive of the old, gritless M.O.R. outfit, all while embracing Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and others from the Eagles' ilk. What did the Frey, Henley, Walsh and friends ever do to deserve such apathy from so many? How can they be, arguably, the most successful touring act of the last 20 years and maybe the most successful band of the '70s while still invoking so many shrugs and scoffs? After all, they never claimed to be anything but a troupe of California country musicians and they've been unapologetically so for four decades. Is it an over-accessibility that makes them so easy to dismiss and so hard to be fanatical about? I wish I had the answers about the questions that surround the legacy of one of the most bafflingly successful band that's ever recorded. All I know is that if "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Get Over It" or almost any other piece of their PG-rated pop comes over the airwaves at just the right time, The Eagles, unlike any other easy-going act, can hit just the right chord in your own subconscious because they're so deep within it.

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