Hell froze over in 1994, and the Eagles liked it. After an acrimonious break-up, the band re-formed that year, and they're at it again. The Eagles play FedExForum on October 14th.
The Eagles were the soundtrack to the United States of America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, reaching a level of success and ubiquity that eventually undid them and, well, lots of music-listening Americans. Along with Fleetwood Mac, the group became an unavoidable presence in the days of mass media. A world with one or two radio stations seems inconceivable now. But that world existed and it played the Eagles. A lot. By the 1990s, we welcomed Kurt Cobain, noise, and instrument destruction with open arms.
But the Eagles are getting a thorough reconsideration. Whether it's nostalgia or just enough distance, the band is again part of the conversation. A fascinating documentary, The History of the Eagles — Part One, is on Showtime, and the group is making the rounds again. The documentary sheds light on the intelligence and hard work that guided the success. The band's insights and diligence are amazing: They write great songs. They sing as well as any band ever did. There's a reason why they were everywhere: People respond to those songs.
Plus, Joe Walsh. Gotta love Joe Walsh. — Joe Boone
The Eagles at FedExForum on Monday, October 14th, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.