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‘History of the Eagles’ not yet history

Friday, March 21, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

concert ticket to eagles concert You’re kidding me. I flew all the way to Los Angeles in January to see the Eagles perform at The Forum, and now they’re bringing the same show to the Tacoma Dome?

Yep. The seminal 1970s band that played in Seattle just last September is returning for an August 25 gig.

Somehow last summer I missed the news that original member Bernie Leadon was back in the band for the “History of the Eagles” tour, and for the first time ever my wife and I skipped a local Eagles concert.

the forum arena in los angelesLead on – vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, steel guitar – was the guy who put the country in their country-rock. I liked that early Eagles stuff with Leadon best, and I was so bummed to have missed him that my wife and I made up for it by flying south for the Eagles’ show Jan. 17 at the remodeled Forum (left). It was an amazing night.

One of the highlights for my wife was having her picture taken with the band. Well, with a wall photo of them, to be precise.

But now, the quandary. Do we go again? Does a person need to see even a favorite band every time?

I asked myself that when Neil Young and Crazy Horse booked KeyArena for a November 2012 concert. I’d seen Neil and the Horse umpteen times and finally decided, I’ll pass.

Up until the week of the show, that is. Then I asked myself, “Are you seriously going to miss Neil Young?!” And the answer, of course, was no.

We bought cheap seats and sat far in the back, up in the KeyArena rafters. Neil was great! Binoculars and huge video screens gave us close-up views, and the sound – being in a direct line – was surprisingly good. Best of all was the cheap-seats price.

I’ll suppose I’ll ponder the Eagles for the next few months. Hopefully, their "cheap" seats are under $100.

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