Concert Review: Eagles at Salmon Festival

By on July 15, 2013

Eagles Salmon FestThose who’ve seen the recent documentary History of the Eagles are now up to speed on the band’s exploits spanning their initial 1971-1980 run, followed by the 1994 Hell Freezes Over reunion and subsequent activity to the present. You know that members have come and gone, with Glenn Frey and Don Henley the only two original members remaining in the full-time lineup. Original lead guitarist Bernie Leadon left the band in 1975 shortly after Don Felder joined. Joe Walsh was recruited in 1976 to pick up the slack from Leadon. Bassist Randy Meisner quit in 1977 and was replaced by current bassist Timothy B. Schimdt, who still resides in the band along with Walsh. (I know. It’s complicated drama for grown men.)

Felder was given his walking papers in 2001 for complaining about not getting even cut from a then still-effective ‘70s contract (he later sued and settled out of court for millions). Notable ace session guitarist Steuart Smith was hired to replicate Felder’s enduring guitar parts in his very conspicuous absence. Therefore, the current lineup touring this summer is Frey, Henley, Schmidt, Walsh, and Smith, with Leadon back in the band as featured segment guest. A few background musicians (who are largely kept in the shadows) flesh out the lineup.

It was this contingent and its handlers that pulled into the small Canadian town of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland on Saturday night to play some of their mega-hits for 30,000 bodies and pick up their tidy 1.2 million-dollar pay cheque as the headlining band on the annual Salmon Festival. I heard an unsubstantiated report that the band had thought they were actually supposed to play Windsor, Ontario as the third of their three-date Canadian run (this gig was scheduled in between the Toronto and Ottawa shows). So following much confusion leading up to the show, their gear was routed to Newfoundland and the band ended up with a much longer travel itinerary than they’d bargained for. As I said, I cannot verify this story; but it sounds plausible as it’s right between the other two Ontario dates, and “Windsor” is in the town’s name. Still, if this was an oversight it’s a bit of a alarming one when millions of dollars are involved. Gander airport, being less than an hour drive away from Grand Falls-Winsdor, allowed for the Eagles’ private jet to land fairly close to the event and then get them out of there and back to civilization the minute the show was done.

Just as the sky started to show a trace of evening light and the 35-degree temperature began to recede into the low 20s, an armada of nine vehicles pulled into the back gates carrying the Eagles and their entourage. All members arrived in separate cars and immediately retreated to their separate trailers, cordoned off in a security-protected tennis court where not even musicians from the other bands were allowed to go.

Don Henley and Joe Walsh

I’ve played at two Salmon festivals in the past with my group Brothers in Stereo and on bass with singer/songwriter Barry Canning. But on this day I was there in the dual role of reviewer and photographer. Earlier in the day I’d gotten some great shots of Canadian icons Blue Rodeo and Tragically Hip during their spirited afternoon/evening slots. The guys in Blue Rodeo are old friends, so I had a beer with them outside their trailer and caught up on some news before heading around the rest of the backstage area for a look. I happened upon my photographer friend Bud Gaulton getting set up to shoot the Eagles’ meet-and-greet. Various event staffers in shirts and ties were organizing an excited cluster of bodies up against a tractor-trailer cab for a photo opportunity with the Eagles. I decided to hang out and watch all this unfold.

Sure enough, all five Eagles suddenly appeared a few minutes later to meet the contest winners. There they were, looking very casual and oddly diminutive as they shuffled over to the wide-eyed group of fans. What I thought would be a handshake and short chat among the fans actually turned out to be a “no-touch, 30-second, face-the-camera, smile, and walk away” scenario. The Eagles were literally there one minute – maybe two minutes tops – before they bailed unceremoniously back to their respective trailers. From where I was positioned (about ten feet from the group of fans), I did not witness one word or greeting exchanged between the guests and band; if there was, it got past me. No doubt feeling awkward, confused, and disappointed, the fans shrugged their shoulders and looked at one another uncomfortably as a security guard waved his hand impatiently, ordering them to leave the area.


I turned to talk to Bud, who was readying his camera to shoot the first few tunes of the upcoming Eagles set. I was excited because we were both about to get some great shots up close. Bud then broke the news to me that the Eagles had changed the photo rules at the last minute to “no pit, just soundboard.” This in essence meant that all photographers, after being promised a 3-song front-stage shoot, were now being relegated to a soundboard halfway across the field.

At this point, having experienced the cold, lifeless meet-and-greet (more of a “snub-and-ignore,” actually) and then being told that they were changing their press agreement last minute, I started to get a growing sense of disillusionment. In a matter of five minutes, the Eagles had spit in the face of both their fans and the media – the two very reasons for their gargantuan success.

As I joined the other photographers pushing our way through the packed crowd to get our measly 3-song, long-distance photo opportunity for our respective publications, I realized that I didn’t even want to be there anymore. And this was before they even started their first song.

I found a spot in the cramped soundboard area, and a few minutes later the band came out on stage. No smiles, no energy, no aura – just flat expressions and mid-tempo drudgery. The keys were lowered to accommodate aging voices, and instruments were played with a style resembling rote memory as opposed to passion or fire. One of their first songs, “Witchy Woman,” had little remaining fire of the original in its arrangement. It was, however, a pleasure to hear Bernie Leadon’s signature early Eagles guitar sound in the mix. He played as well as he did in 1973. Too bad he disappeared after a few songs and didn’t come back until deeper into the show. More typical Eagles weirdness. Can’t they just keep him on for the complete show and leave the politics out of it? He’s Bernie Leadon, country-rock pioneer who first gave the unknown Frey and Henley credibility in 1971 coming from the ground-breaking Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons. It’s exasperating to see these types of abbreviated guest spots by former full-time members of classic rock bands. The Stones are doing the same thing with Mick Taylor, and it’s ridiculous. Bring them out and leave them out.


After the three-song limit was up, I tried unsuccessfully to make my way through the impenetrable crowd to the backstage area. A few of us photographers had to actually leave the concert field altogether and walk a series of streets to get back to our gear that was put away backstage. Bud and I decided to watch a bit more of the show from the side, just inside the backstage area. Besides Joe Walsh’s tunes (which had a bit of oomph but nothing close to his ‘70s-‘80s zenith), nothing stood out as particularly powerful. Frey did “Heartache Tonight” a step and a half down in the key of E from the original G he used to gloriously belt out years ago. It made for a dragged-out version. They even left out the syncopated rock-style guitar hits after the choruses and before the slide solo. Frey even had the gall to sing Meisner’s “Take to the Limit” down in G, which pales in comparison to Meisner’s wonderful original high tenor performance in B that made it the classic song we know and love. In G it’s pointless. It has no hurt and no yearning sung that low.

Henley came out and did a mic-only crooner act for “The Long Run,” and it took all the rock and roll out of that fine, snappy 1978 hit. In fact, this was the very problem here: the amazing catalogue of Eagles hits was being rendered in an abbreviated form that left the audience providing lukewarm rounds of applause and even general indifference at times. Henley added to the already tentative vibe by threatening to end the show if people did not stop using their smartphones for pics and clips. Don, it’s 2013. Get with it or retire.

Timothy B. Schmidt was given the task of introducing the band halfway through the show. He tried unsuccessfully to communicate a sense of camaraderie among members. In a voice that betrayed a sense of overcompensation, he introduced Glenn Frey as “our fearless leader” (groan) from Detroit, Michigan. Frey added the lame joke, “ya, where ‘mother’ is the first part of a word.” So the lack of personality exhibited backstage extends into humor as well. Not surprising.

Eagles, Salmon Festival

I asked myself as the show entered its last half hour, “What’s more important to me….seeing the last bit of this concert or beating the traffic jam that’s about to ensue?” I packed away my camera and unceremoniously walked out the back exit to my car as another slowed-down, drop-key ‘70s hit echoed through the trees and down the cliffs overlooking the Exploits River.

As I headed to my friend Kenneth’s place to grab some sleep for the long drive home the next day, I turned on satellite radio to Classic Vinyl. Lo and behold,  “Lyin’ Eyes” came on. I sang every word on the drive back, marveling at the greatness of this tune and its recording. Of course, this band on the radio was not the band I had just seen. The Eagles in the ‘70s were certainly egotistical megalomaniacs back then as well, but at least they seemed to care about the music and a sense of band dynamic. All they seem to care about now is the almighty dollar. From the blatant disregard for fans backstage to the militant “no-interviews/no photos” policy regarding the press, this band embodies the meaning of soulless corporate rock in the truest sense.

Not all classic rock acts are like this. Bruce Springsteen treats his fans like gold at meet-and-greets (and even in the street), as do Aerosmith, AC/DC, and lots of others. And many legendary acts will still grant interviews and allow pit shoots as a courtesy to the very medium that originally provided them a portal to riches beyond their wildest imaginations. Not the Eagles. They’ve already made their millions on the backs of fans and the media. They’ve got what they wanted, and people continue to come out and see them because the music holds some sense of romanticism for them in their personal lives. But make no mistake: these tours are nothing personal for the Eagles. They don’t like you; they don’t even like each other. It seems likely after hearing them live that they don’t even like the material anymore. It’s as if they’re feeding an addiction to wealth while existing in an exclusive universe of bodyguards, fences, private jets, and mansions.

Joe Walsh

Only Joe Walsh seems to have any fire left in him. However, that could be due to his makeover; it gives him a youthful look that’s bought him a decade in the aging department. He’s never looked better. He moves around a bit and gets into it occasionally. However, the others have the same sour expression you see on the faces of ordinary people who hate their jobs. The only problem is that ordinary people are in the audience paying several hundred dollars hoping that the Eagles will make them forget about their crappy job for a couple of hours. Hopefully it worked on some people; others probably convinced themselves they had an amazing time because of the ticket cost. Blue Rodeo and Tragically Hip were actually the meat of the show; time and time again, they deliver. So for them alone, the ticket was worth it.

Admittedly, backstage and sidestage is probably not the best place for someone to construct a concert review. I was never meant to see that crestfallen embarrassment of a meet-and-greet. And maybe it biased me against the band for the remainder of the night (or sadly, my life). Either way, this is how I saw it. And for some reason I was not surprised. All you need to do is see the documentary to learn how this unit operates as a cold corporate entity in the new millennium. It’s worth the watch. Don’t bother shelling out your hard-earned money to help pay for Glenn Frey’s next yacht. He will thank you with the most mediocre “Tequila Sunrise” you’ve ever tasted.

(Photos by Chris LeDrew)



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  2. Kurt

    July 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm


    This is a perfect “review” of the entire Eagles experience.
    I’m glad I wasn’t there, and now I’m glad I didn’t spend my hard earned money on tickets to see these guys in September.

    Very well written as I can actually feel the pain of being fleeced by some famous past-their-prime, outdated and spoiled-rotten old men.

    Well done.

  3. Allan

    July 26, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The Eagles are best enjoyed in an arena, with one or no opening act, not an outdoor festival. I will be seeing the band for the ninth and tenth times this September. I know they will not disappoint me.

  4. Gerard

    July 22, 2013 at 9:05 am



  5. Gerard

    July 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

    So true. Check out some of the videos posted from the concert on youtube. You can clearly hear a lot of the songs are not played in their original tuning.


  6. Cassandra

    July 19, 2013 at 4:18 am

    This article is ridiculously accurate. I was so disappointed. Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip were really good, and they seemed happy to be in Newfoundland. The vibe I got from the Eagles was that they were too good to be here, and that they would have liked to be somewhere else. I spent $150.00 on a ticket, spent all day in 30+ degree weather, and spent forty dollars on water just to be extremely disappointed in the end. I lost all respect for them.
    And I’m sorry that you had such a shitty time, too. I also left early.
    Disregard the rude comments you are getting, you just gave your opinion (that almost everyone else agrees with.)

  7. TripleX

    July 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Funny. People will spend all day commenting on how they loved the Eagles performance at GFW, just to try and make themselves feel better about the money they wasted. The review don’t surprise me a bit. The eagles were washed up years ago, but there’s a group of people out there who can’t resist that hillbilly country-rock garbage. Let it die! I bet NL is the only place where the radio stations still play that depressing drivel. Henley is the genius in that group, and his solo career would eclipse anything the eagles ever did! It would have been better if the Salmonfest headlined with Don Henley. It’s true, Henley is a sooky, cranky prima-donna, and his demeanour is far from friendly. As for the VIP scenario, that was nothing short of a pure rip off, that was planned from the beginning, by the promoter to recoup some profit from the 1.2 Million he gave the weasels, ‘er….eagles. See if GFW will find the promoter next year. They better be bringing Elvis to the rock, if they plan on pulling the wool over people eyes again. And I don’t mean Stojko either!

  8. Andre

    July 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I can’t agree or disagree with this review as I was not at the Salmon Festival, but I think this is a good example of why people should check out some live footage and recent reviews of a band/artist before paying big, hard-earned dollars to see them. The people who expected more from the Eagles are the same people who would go see Neil Young and afterwards complain about the long jams or lack of “hits” in the set.

  9. Steve

    July 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Good review Chris. I agree with your assessment that the vibe from the Eagles was certainly not positive. From my vantage point of less than 20 feet away you could certainly sense the lack of engagement and even tension among the band. I thought it got even worse after that arrogant comment from Henley. I think that caught the rest of them off guard.
    This was my first time seeing Eagles so I had no reference point for prior comparisons. I have to confess that I am not a big Eagles fan, but a HUGE Joe Walsh fan. I thoroughly enjoyed Rocky Mountain Way, Life’s Been Good ,and Funk # 49 from his solo and James’Gang days as well his lead on Those Shoes and In the City from his early time with Eagles.It is notable that neither Henley or Frey played any of their solo stuff.
    Having seen in recent years many performers who have been on the go for 40 + years Bruce Springsteen,Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Deep Purple,John Mellancamp, Van Morrison I would rank the Eagles as being in the middle in terms of delivering a great concert experience with Springsteen being at the top and Dylan being at the bottom.
    From my perspective I usually go to these shows with no expectations but it is refreshing when you come away having witnessed a truly awesome musical experience. This show didn’t do that for me but I didn’t leave it totally disappointed either.

  10. Chris LeDrew

    July 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you all for taking the time to read and post your thoughts. Whether or not you agreed with the review, the main thing is that it spurred discussion and debate. And that’s great. A lot of passion on this thread for both sides of the argument. Cheers to you all. It’s sincerely appreciated!

    • dennis

      July 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Enjoyed reading your review.But I did enjoy the Eagles & i’m not surprised with your account at the meet & greet.Henley has always looked less than pleasant in anything I’ve ever seen him in.How sad it is that these people,with so much talent, look upon their accomplishments as only another way to generate more money.Most of us ,who could afford to,who are not happy with what they do would just simply stay home.But the up side is the employment that they create & after all,they are “Joe Walsh” & The Eagles.Even a less tight performance is not bad.

  11. Roy Collins

    July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You would think that at this stage in their careers that they would play with some form of enjoyment having made a gazillion bucks over the years,but no.How do you arrive at a venue where 30,ooo ppl have waited in sweltering heat all day to hear you and you enter with almost a contempt for your audience.Im afraid the Eagles couldn’t soar high enough to find their over-inflated egos.Too bad after all the hype.

  12. Susan

    July 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I have never been to the Salmonfest. I really don’t like outdoor concerts. I had to comment on the topic of the Eagles. Being a middle aged person I love the idea of seeing the bands or people I listened to when I was younger. In the 80’s while in Ottawa I went to a Dylan concert. He was VERY disappointing and I will never go to see him again even if it was free. He didn’t say much of anything to the audience. The music was bad. So I totally understand people not being happy with the Eagles performance. The fact is people paid to see a professional show. No matter what type of ‘show’ you pay for you have the right to expect the best and be treated with respect. I don’t care how rich you are. Fans are why groups like the Eagles gave been around for years and they should never forget that.

    As for these guys being around for ~40 years is no excuse for a poor performance. Over the past number of years I have seen Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker and Kris Kristofferson and the shows were GREAT. These guys have been around for years also. They are professionals. I would have paid to see them again the next night if I could have gotten a ticket. I can say from what I have read and heard I will never pay to see the Eagles. I don’t like the feeling that the people on the stage are doing me a favour. I want them to show that they are very glad I am there. Being polite to your audience is a must not an option.
    As for possibly thinking they were going to Ontario …. Give me a break. These guys gave been around for years and travelled all over the world . I know I would gladly fly around for hours in a private plane, not quote the same as “economy”. One should wonder about a bunch of grown men that don’t know where they are going since touring is part of their job. I hope this is not true.
    If you buy a ticket to a concert you should expect to enjoy the best a group can give. If the group can’t do that then stop touring. Also, it doesn’t matter if you spend $250 or $10 you should walk away from the concert feeling great about the time spent listening and feeling good about being a fan. If you pay for something and it is not what you expect you have all right to complain. If you bought something in a store you would complain and bring it back.

    • Susan

      July 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I’m a difft Susan – but I agree with the Susan’s comments here – Bob Dylan was terrible when I saw him at the old Stadium in st. J – i wouldn’t go again. i told my bro (one of his biggest fans :”He forgot to tyalk” – but my bro told me “No, he didn’t intend to talk). As for the Eagles at the Salmon fest, they weren’t the eagles of the records 40 yrs ago – some difft members & some songs seemed slower than originaL, too low key at the beginning – but all in all, I was transfixed & it got better as I moved from the right side of the stage to closer to the middle & 20 ft away from them – I could really get into it more & I teared up during 1 song, it was a big deal for me to go. I looked at youtube of the band in GF/W & in TO days earlier & my goodness an outdoor show is so rough & ready compared to the quiet sit down audience in TO. I longed for a nice sit down concert – but I am thrilled with what I saw & heard.

  13. Sean

    July 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I was not at Salmon Fest ; however I attended the Eagles next concert at Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa) on Monday , July 15. I have not compared the set list from Salmon Fest to that of Ottawa, but based on the content of the review, I suspect the shows were nearly identical. Given the fact that over 40 years have passed since the band’s initial release, I think it is unrealistic to expect that every song would be sung in the same key as it was recorded originally… think about the relatively poor voice that great aging artists such as Gordon Lightfoot have brought to concerts in St. John’s. Better yet, how many of those in attendance at either show, me included, could tell you what key the song was song in? Yes, the performance, even the commentary between songs, was very choreographed… but we’ve seen that before: the video rendering of the Guess Who”s Running Back Through Canada tour, which was culled from performances throughout the tour, is a carbon copy of the show at Memorial Stadium that kicked off the tour. If we were watching a play instead of a concert, we would demand a high level of consistency from show to show. The very fine supporting musicians were given time in the spotlight and on the video screen and were appropriately acknowledged during the introductions. The most enthusiastic response was given to the two Joe Walsh originals (Life’s Been Good and Rocky Mountain Way) and he was also the most enthusiastic band member on stage. It appeared that the vast majority of those at the Ottawa show were, like me, looking to relive music that was a huge part of our youth and, based on the crowd reaction, we got what we came for.

  14. Luana Ravalico

    July 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    All in all seems like you are complaining too much about it for your own personal reasons. Nothing wrong with the show but maybe the organisers. About the attitude, ah well they are aging superstars who can afford to be grumpy sometimes after a lack of good organization…..

    • Ron

      July 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Hey Luana Ravalico, I can tell by your posts (5 and counting) that you seem agitated with the review so here’s a tip…sum it up please. In your own words “All in all seems like you are complaining too much for your own personal reasons”.


  15. Luana Ravalico

    July 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Just saw some videos about the concert. Nothing wrong with the performance there but a live show in open air is not the same as in a hall. They seem to enjoy themselves an so did the noisy audience. Don’t understand where all the negativity comes from. Maybe the sound could have been improved somewhat.

  16. Luana Ravalico

    July 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    All in all maybe not the right public for the Eagles there. Off all their concerts it’s the first negative review I read.

  17. wayne

    July 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    wasn’t at the concert and haven’t heqard a lot of great reviews but seem them a few years ago and one of the best concerts I was ever at

  18. Marilyn

    July 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I was totally enjoyed the Eagles and am glad that they accepted to play the Salmon Fest, and I would see their performance all over again. The tight music and harmonized voices singing their awesome lyrics totally does it for me. The Eagles are famous stars and that’s how they behaved, no more to it than that. If I could get a partial refund for anything, it would be for having to endure listening to the Tragically Hip scream into the mike and make awful noise with their instruments; thought it would never end!

  19. Rush Fan

    July 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Given the choice between Rush in Halifax and the Eagles, I flew to Halifax to see Rush. They have been performing for 39 years and put on an awesome show. Geddy Lee’s voice (at least to my untrained ears)is as amazing as ever, as were Alex and Neal’s performances. Great enthusiasm and interaction between band members and fantastic use of technology as well. Now I know I made the right choice.

    • Rush Fan 2

      July 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Also went to see Rush in Halifax on the 14th. Those guys are totally amazing! Total professionals and masters of the trade! It was money well spent, and they know how to treat the fans. Most enjoyable concert I have seen. Sound was awesome and the music execution was flawless. This is how a rock concert should be. Maybe somebody should take note!

  20. Newfie Steak

    July 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I think that Chris wrote a bang-up article here. I enjoyed the Eagles, the sound quality was great and I thought that they DID actually recover from a disappointing performance from The Hip. Gord Downie can sing – for some reason he chose not to during this concert. Blue Rodeo and Johnny Reid were great, even JD and the Straight Shots put on a good show!

  21. Josh

    July 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Laugh out loud out loud out loud out loud?

  22. Cam

    July 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Bar none the worst concert Ive ever been to. Running out of water…Like comeon. You pack 30000 people into a field in 30 degree temperatures and run out of water? Pathetic.

    And I feel very for anyone who paid for VIP tickets. I had a reg ticket and when I walked through the gate both me and my friend were handed VIP envelopes. I know others that had the same thing happen to them. I paid $155 and got the same “VIP” treatment as those who paid $260 odd.

    Shame on GFW. Shame on the promoter. Shame on The Eagles. Shame on Gordon from The Hip (6th time I’ve seen them and he couldn’t sing to save his life this show).

    If GFW continues to host these massive concerts they better get their act together. Find a better location and stop endangering people. Wait til the wrong person gets hurt or can’t get medical attention due overcrowding. The impending lawsuit…

  23. Sean

    July 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Very disappointed in their appearance. He might have said not to tape but I thought, hey, I paid my good money. Besides, my taped versions would not fetch anything monetary in my opinion lol. Have not been to salmonfest since the Beach Boys and not sure when I will go again. A lot of things need to be improved quickly. Maybe we can get the eagles to do a free concert in return (yah right!). As a lifetime fan of the eagles and own most of their music including LP’s, I am disappointed. Seen Bon Jovi 2 years ago and I enjoyed it tremendously.

  24. Carl Sheppardl

    July 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I often read negative book or movie reviews but when I read/view them for myself I find that in my opinion they are masterpieces. Such is the case with the Eagles concert. After viewing the Hell Freezes Over DVD multiple times, I did not attend the concert expecting to see a Mick Jagger type of performance. Instead I was treated to a wonderful live presentation of the music I have been enjoying for the past 40 years. From my position just outside the VIP area the superb vocals and harmonies, great lyrics, and wonderful musicianship was every bit what I expected it to be. So what if SOME of the music was done in a lower key. I would never have noticed except for the Jumbotron closeups. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everybody has his/her own perception and appreciation.

    For example: Tragically Hip…Great pounding music with 95% indecipherable screaming meaningless vocals

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Here’s a good independent review

  25. Betty Glover

    July 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Well, I understand your disappointment and how you explained it all sounds just about right to aging musicians. I am a musician, as well, and when playing outside at these events.. to save the vocals.. you gotta tune down. The hardest thing for a musician to do is sing outdoors. I respect what you experienced and wouldn’t want to either. That is why I chose not to go see them live. I’d rather not know the type of people they are and just appreciate watching them on DVD.

  26. Wanda

    July 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Well hats off to you Chris for articulating so well your personal feelings on the event. I don’t feel a lot of sensitivity for the VIP ticket holders, I can say that because they were sold out before I could purchase one, and perhaps that was a bit of Karma! Imagine paying $500 bucks for two tickets, why would I have even considered that. It was my first time attending this event and perhaps I may never again, no reflection on my experience because I attended with the predisposition that it was probably going to be a drink fest with a lot of intoxicated people, large line ups and sweltering heat, we were after all in the middle of Central Newfoundland in the middle of the summer. The reality of it is the Eagles could have played in any key they wanted, the sound was amazing. The personality of the Eagles is what it is, enough said, they aren’t alone in their crudeness in the music world, but we still love their music, did you hear the audience singing along??? It’s too bad you had to see the dark ugly side of things and your opinion will forever be jaded, but for me I will forever remember it as a concert of a lifetime.

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      So nice to hear a positive comment as well. There might have some things lacking with the organizers of the festival for such a famous band? As long as the performance was perfect people shouldn’t expect more than that. The interaction with the audience depends on them as well but hey after all, the Eagles are big stars with each of them their characters not all of them arrogant but often mistaken with professionalism. As for not smiling, maybe they’re just shy or reserved.

  27. Farmer Jo

    July 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Agree fully, completely with you Chris, they were arrogant, disengaged assholes. I wonder if Henley realized there was only one way outa town if he’d shut the concert down early. Loved Johnny Reid and Blue Rodeo, but someone should have told Gordie to avoid the brown acid.

    • Susan

      July 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      ha ha & agree w everything. I tried to ignore the ineptly named “hip”

  28. Bob

    July 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Freag the Eagles. How were the Waterboys?

    • Susan

      July 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      LIVELY & WICKED FIDDLE & ENGAGING & inventive & dramatic & musically brilliant & enjoyable & down to earth & interactive & light on their feet & energetic – really good – but I still love the Eagles.

  29. Andrew

    July 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Fans give stars their life of luxury. Bottom line. Don’t fuck with them. Some people paid way more than the ticket to see them. Babysitters, hotels, travel expenses, etc. good review bro.

  30. Pete

    July 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Gritty review Chris. Not out of character for the Rock and roll industry. However, how any artists, the bohemians that they often are, survive in society is a great mystery to me.

    Technical appraisal notwithstanding, if most of the Eagles were Canadians they would eligible for OAS!! Seniors they might be, but the real thing too!

    I have only ever bought two NEW vinyl LP’s – SuperTramp and the Eagles – as gifts. I didn’t make either wealthy, but for those into it, as they say, the GFW pilgrimage will be remembered for a long time.

    You did a good job, but if old men are cranky… lighten up young man! I would guess that that they think of Bob Seger’s “Turn a Page” often and wonder if they will ever check out of the endless “Hotel California”.

    Guitar amateur that I am, never mind the aging voices, watching Felder and Walsh do the Hotel California solo is worth $50 any day.

  31. Gerry Cole

    July 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I have been to many concerts including “Hell Freezes Over” Tour in Ottawa 1997. I thought the entire show was great and in particular the “Eagles” I cannot believe the sour grapes you are displaying here and can only surmise it is because you did not get your scoop for this article. It’s all about the music Chris and this group of men are musical geniuses. I thought the sound was great. I personally don’t need the band to spend half the night saying how nice we are I know that first hand. I hope this frivolous review does not turn such icons off from coming here again some day……..

    • Jack

      July 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      They might have deserved that description in 1973, but their “genius” qualifications ended when they stopped WRITING MUSIC. Based on their performance/behaviour this weekend, I’d liken ’em more to the average con-artist… just sayin…

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Truly said Gerry Cole

  32. GWB

    July 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I cannot believe all the negative hype that has been cast on the Salmon fest. I was in the VIP section. Never had to push just walked up close to the stage with no issues and saw one of the best live shows i have ever seen!! I didnt wait in line for mor then 5 minutes once i got past the point of congestion which was caused by security leeting people set up chairs right in the main access corridor. I have been an eagles fan my whole life and got my moneys worth. I dont know how people can say the hip were good. I have seen them many times and that was the worst performance i have seen them do. The eagles performance of Doolin Dalton/Desperado Reprise was fantastic. I paid top dollar not to hear them talk but to listen to some great live versions of songs I love. They delievered 100%. My only complaint was the food line up/SHould have been more garbage and recycling bins and the fact there was no sound speakers pointing off to the VIP beer garden which meant you had to be in front of the stage to hear it in good quality. I made sure to get there for the Eagles and im glad I did. @ hours is all you get from most acts at this concert anyway.

    • Susan

      July 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      could have used a video monitor that people could see in the beer/food toilet area also – esp because of the long line ups and more people would have gladly stayed there & socialized. Doolin Dalton was fantabulous. Yes more garbage containers were needed Those metal scissor contaoiners were great & the garbage could have been put in an area & the service organizations could still have collected the money for recycling & easier on them too.

  33. Jeff

    July 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Chris Ledrew’s article is accurate and my hat is off to you for making the honest assessment that u did. I’ve been an Eagles fan since I bought their first album at Fred’s Records when it was originally released. They revolutionized music with their southern California vibe, countrified harmonies and strong songwriting to become the preeminent 1970’s rock band. What I saw on Saturday, and when I watched the recent ‘History of the Eagles’ documentary, is a group led by two egotistical, jaded leaders (Henley and Frey) who believe they are the reason people are paying $200 to see them. Don Henley threatened to stop the concert because folks were videotaping them? … everyone in the audience has a smart phone and you think they aren’t going to use it? Afraid you’re going to miss out on a few more bucks Don? … ridiculous. The audience who went to see the Eagles went to hear the songs and hopefully get a great feeling from the performance … I did enjoy the 7-8 songs that I heard after navigating my way to the front of the VIP section (the VIP tickets provided no advantage to most who had them) but when Henley made the video remark I retreated to the corporate tent where i was a guest. I just envisioned the Eagles of 20 years ago and listened to the songs … at least Joe Walsh tried to be engaging and was superb on ‘Rocky Mountain Way’. Henley and Frey really need to think about why they got to where they are … relax boys.

    And if I was a corporate sponsor I would never be involved with another SalmonFest after this debacle …. unless there was an ironclad guarantee in the future that my tent was inaccessible to the general public so that invited guests could enjoy the concert in peace … the corporate sponsor area and access to the so-called VIP area was a farce. Good luck attracting the same sponsors next year.

  34. Colin

    July 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I just gotta comment (and i usually dont) but i think *(my opinion here) is that the people who enjoyed this show must have had too much to drink and im not talking about water.

    • GWB

      July 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      They you are not an eagles fan or know much about music. I heard people complaining about how it wasnt up beat enough??? Its the eagles man, they started with Witchy Woman. How can you make ballads up beat?? More people liked the show then didnt like it. The eagles werer the only thing that saved it for me!

      • GWB

        July 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        Sorry you dont get what i said GWB, what i was portending to was that the people who were having a good time at the festival and having a drink or 2 or 3 or 4 may have had a different perception of the eagles than the people who went sololy out to see them. Not everyone is going out to the festival to drink and party, some people actually go just to see a certain band etc, and it that band doesnt come across as friendly, inviting, personable and entertaining- then whats the fing point. If i want to hear the eagles i can just throw on the dvd to listen to the music, when i go to SEE the eagles i want to be entertained. Any band and i mean any band who gets up in front of a large crowd and doesnt even really acknowledge the audience at all should be beaten with a very large wooden bat.

        PS – for your info, ive been playing music for 30 years and have been playing eagles tunes in all my various band projects since the albums came out – so you cant say i dont know music or i dont like the eagles.

        PPS – very acurate and honest review Chris keep up the good work.

  35. J-Lack of respect

    July 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sounds like a dog with a bad bone in his mouth. Eagles were awesome, in whatever key they played. Sorry I didn’t check Glen’s hands on his guitar, didn’t care. It was the eagles. You say we may be paying for Glen’s new yacht…..some poor bar hoppers on George st. have often paid $5 to see you play solo….catch my drift. Up to us what we pay, guess what if we didn’t buy the ticket, someone else would’ve. Sour grapes my friend, over taking pictures. I’ve seen you complain about the sound of your mic, loudness, or drunk patrons in a bar. Now you are a pot calling the kettle black. Good read, but sour grapes.

    • Andrew

      July 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Love it when jack asses hide behind their computer screens. Leave a comment and not own up with their real names? Ha.

      Another scared local.

  36. Jerome

    July 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I get a kick out of people who are complaining that the band members never smiled.
    I didn’t attend the concert,but I’ve been an Eagles fan since they started, and their facial expressions was never something I envisioned while I listened to their music.
    If you want to see arrogance in musicians, think local.
    Anyone ever see Ron Hynes perform?

  37. Linda

    July 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I was at the concert – both backstage and out front watching. Chris LeDrew’s article is accurate. I didn’t watch the documentary people are referring to so I went there with an open mind … and left with the same opinion as Chris. I will never ever pay as much as two cents to watch the Eagles again. The presence of a terrible attitude from the Eagles was much stronger than the presence of good music.

  38. Barry LeDrew

    July 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great read Chris!

    After watching the Doc i’m not surprised they were complete arseholes and i’m humbled by the fact I didn’t go. But they still remain a major influence on me as a musician. I can’t help but think that Walsh and Schimdt are being completely held back from being happy let-lose rockers because of Henley’s and Frey’s commando bullshit? I think so!

    It’s pretty sad they’re such cantankerous old men who don’t give a shit about sucking the happiness out of loyal fans!

    Thanks for covering it man!

    • Susan

      July 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      The Insiders Tribute to the Eagles was first rate – would love to see it picked up by Spirit of Newfoundland – meticulous graphics, story, playing, singing, harmonies & vitality. I am thankful that I saw it – would also love to see it picked up ty the Arts & Culture centres for a CROSS PROVINCE TOUR – absolutely wonderful. Of course, I loved seeing the Eagles – had been waiting close to 40 yrs I did find slow to start, too impersonable(though it got better over time). Henley was snarly to the audience saying he’d stop the show if anyone videotaped, & as someone else said, songs seemed slowed down, also naturally voices didn’t seem the same as almost 40 yrs ago & with difft audience members & too much Henley incl on some songs that I’m sure could have been better covered by others – But I loved them all the same. I think there is an audience for seeing the Insiders tribute at Spirit of NL – you guys give it your all & it is very much appreciated. & Chad especially had great repoire, fabulous guitar work & amazing instruments & Kinsman, well, kinsman can play.

  39. Jim D

    July 16, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I saw the Eagles play in Moncton in 08. Although I agree with some of the comments made in this review and not surprised by others my focus was for the complete lineup. We never bothered with the VIP tickets thank god because looking in I can see why people were upset. For the price we saw a great lineup that was capped by a trip down memory lane. We received our moneys worth and more in my opinion. The cash grab and meet and greets mean nothing to us. Having a great night with friends and strangers did.

  40. J Stephen

    July 16, 2013 at 5:02 am

    The writing is boring and condescending: “back to civilization…”? The band seemed to have a rough start, as they did the last time I saw them, probably because they start with the weakest link, Glenn Frey. Once they got warmed up, it was magic. You’re right about one thing: Joe Walsh was the most impressive on stage; but it’s been that way for 20 years.

  41. Denise

    July 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    The Concert itself was a big disappointment! From water line ups of about 2 hours long running out of water and the line ups for food or beer was crazy! If you cant bring water on such a hot day with the people exceeding 25,000 people at least have the facilities to be able to keep the line ups down to a min. People passing out when there was a way to prevent the situation from happening. If a life or death situation happened the person would have died before anyone would have gotten to them. the hip spent most of the day yelling which was a big disappointment while the eagles just as big a disappointment they were dead! Maybe next time ill just play their cd in the comfort of home or stand on the side of the road and listen. It would be just as good and I can bring my own water and save my dollars! then it wouldnt be

  42. Peter

    July 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I saw the Eagles several years ago and it was the best sounding show I have ever seen. I highly doubt they were anywhere near as bad as you’ve stated.
    By the way the media had nothing to do with the Eagles making it. A little arrogant for you to make that statement. Awesome songs and great musicianship are what made them.
    The first song they ever wrote was Desperado. I bet even your award winning self hasn’t ever come close to writing anything that good. let alone on a first try.

    • SteveO

      July 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      So you think, without any media at all, the Eagles would be as big as they are today? Without the media, would ANY band, celebrity, etc be as big as they are? No sir.

    • Tina

      July 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Sorry Peter, but I also saw the Eagles eight years ago in Toronto during the Farewell Tour (absolutely amazing!) and again in Toronto on July 11th, and believe it or not they were as bad as Chris described. When I heard the Eagles were coming to Toronto this year I was super pumped. I bought tickets for my fiancé and I, as well as my parents visiting from Newfoundland. Boy was I disappointed! My parents and fiancé ‘liked’ the show, as did I BUT only for the ‘songs’ themselves. It was somewhat painful to listen to. The harmonies were off, (pitchy in places)and my fiancé even asked why they ‘slowed down’ most of their songs. My feeling was the same as most of the disappointed fans here in this forum: The Eagles were here just to collect their money and move on. To elaborate, in Toronto the lights went down after every song to do guitar changes (with no talking to the audience to distract us from the switch ups), there was VERY little interaction with the audience and we had a 15-20 intermission! Thank God for Joe Walsh. They better hang on to him, that’s for sure. The Eagles are back in November, but sadly I will not be there.

      As for the comments above yours about the age of the band, we saw the Stones a month ago for their 50th anniversary tour and the energy was amazing for the 69-72 year olds and, for two plus hours and without intermission I might add! My fiance said that Neil Diamond had more life than the Eagles and he is correct. He rocked it when we saw him last year.

      Also, I don’t know Chris but I don’t think that it is fair to comment on his song writing abilities as his review is not a comparison of The Eagles and himself. I appreciate his review as a fellow fan and if you read reviews from the Eagle’s past few performances you will find similar comments….they are just going through the motions.

  43. Floyd

    July 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Review is spot on. At the concert in the overcrowded VIP section and was wholely disappointed. No emotion or energy, and Henley was an ass. Walsh saved the night for me but my appreciation for the band is greatly diminished.

  44. jan

    July 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    gotta admit, i heard the eagles play in moncton, nb a few yrs ago and they stole my heart as they always did just listening to them on the radio driven in my car. as for grandfalls-winsor, well it was a fab day with great music but my favorite band of all times didn’t meet up to their own potential that day like i knew they could of done. and for the $252 and being way oversold and crowded….well that’s another story in itself. that flaw lays on the contractor who designed the concert which i was told resides in gander, not grand falls winsor……shame on him to be so inconsiderate regarding the safety and well being of others :0(……..jan

  45. Debbie

    July 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I travelled with a bunch of my friends who are BIG Eagles fans!They thoroughly enjoyed the concert and thought it was the best they’ve been at!Guess we missed that comment re videotaping!Would have no problem returning to the concert next year!Had a great time!(Except the 2 hour lineup for water!)

  46. Donna

    July 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I enjoyed the nostalgia of the music and I enjoyed the concert. I did feel the Eagles were very impersonal as well..Not knowing any of the information you shared, I agree with your perspective of how the band treated its fans because I was disappointed in the way they depersonalized their show.

  47. Colin Harris

    July 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Dead on review!

  48. jack kavanagh

    July 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Chris. I agree one hundred percent with you.Your article said it all. Having attended concerts for almost 50 yrs. this one , from the attitude of Henley to the shoddy treatment of VIP ( SIC) AREA. Made me want to vomit. I thought Henley s comment was insulting to the thousands of fans who spent hundreds of dollars each and travelled great distances and endured the heat, the crowds etc. to see this show.To threaten to stop the show as he did was unprofessional and juvenile and would have been a punishment to all for the supposed folly of a few. .Having seen the Eagles at Magnetic Hill I was expecting a similar experience, but this was not to be. Can t believe Im saying this but I dont think I will ever want to attend another of their shows. I will however continue to play, love and enjoy their great music.

  49. Dave G

    July 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I will never want to see the eagles again,Their songs was the only thing that saved this concert. Your review is dead on! The more they play now the less popular they will be

  50. Gerry

    July 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I am going to see them in Sep in Vancouver and I hope they put something into it. If you want to see a great band live that sound great and are animated, the Doobies Bros are it, still fantastic and you can tell they to love to play!!!!

  51. S.H

    July 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    i couldn’t agree with the article any more, i have to give props to all the other artist that performed at this years salmon fest but the eagles were a huge disappointment but I’m my opinion we can not put all the blame on the band. I think the town of grand falls and the concert organizers need to wake up and stop bring these half a$$ “use to be” hit bands. I understand that they are trying to bring in the “older”( sorry to offend anyone) population of newfoundland and any other province or state the wishes to attend the concert every year, but honestly they need to wake up and its time to bring in some new faces and a new concept of the salmonfest the need to start drawing in the 19-35 year old crowd instead of the 40-65 year age group. the majority of population at salmonfest already fall in the 19-35 age group and this age group diffently spend the most money at the concert. I’m my opinion if they want the salmonfest to continue to be a hit and to be bigger and better as the year come and go they need to start bring in some big “new” name bands/djs/artist . I still agree 100% that the bands during the day should be a little more relaxed and focus on the “older” population but as the day/night goes on i think its time to do a complete 180 degrees and head to they people who are there to spend money bringing in djs or bands such as avicii ,dj bl3nd, godsmack, drop kick murphys, hollywood undead, sublime with rome , drake, pit bull anyone to bring in the crowd as well as keeping the concert going longer when the age group 19-35 is getting ready to party and getting ready to spend there money the concert ends, the drunker people get the more money there spend. I think this is something the town of grand falls and the concert organizers need to think about for next year to keep the salmonfest going …

  52. Newfoundlanded

    July 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    The Salmon Festival lately has been veering drastically off course. In small town Newfoundland we can settle for lesser known bands who are current, young, and have some life left in them or A-list bands that were famous 40 years ago. I think we’re making the wrong choice here.
    As a central Newfoundlander, I always have associated Salmon Fest with Redcliff. Redcliff is the park where all the young people stay during Salmon Festival and have the kind of epic weekend-long party only young Newfoundlanders can pull off. And that’s your target demographic right there, young people who want to get together and listen to music and party. And this year’s lineup obviously wasn’t targeting them.
    If you’re going to target a concert to middle-aged grownups, then you probably should try to keep the VIP area uncrowded, have a supply of non-alcoholic drinks, and keep everyone in orderly little lines. But that’s not what Salmon Fest ever was.
    I didn’t go this year. Watching a band that was in its hey-day before I was born doesn’t appeal to 27 year-old me. I realize that when I went to the Salmon Festival KISS concert a couple years ago and watched a stage full of sixty-year-old men in Halloween makeup.
    Watching a band that’s decades past it’s prime is disillusioning, to say the least.

  53. Mike

    July 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    From the review and the comments I feel I made the right decision and STAYED HOME!!!!!

  54. Geoff

    July 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    The hip played grace too… !!!!! Awesome time… I actually forgot eagles were playing .. Too busy waiting for beer… Why can’t the entire foul area of the field be a big ass bar!!!! Wtf????

  55. Lanie

    July 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Great article Chris. You wrote exactly what we were feeling to a T! Couldn’t believe the coldness of these guys. I watched their History of the Eagles documentary and thought “they dont get along too well” …. But to see them live and have no emotion, no interaction with their fans and looking like they just didn’t want to be there, was a huge disappointment! Our group still sang along with the Eagles and hoped they would pick it up and give us a little something back to show their fans they wanted to be there but it just didn’t happen. We surmised that maybe they had a spat before the concert or they just had enough of what they were doing….but however you slice it, it was an emotionless performance. Great article once again….I’m glad you wrote it as it was!

  56. Ervin

    July 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Great article and spot on comments. The headliner show just emphasized all the other Festival Fubars. Really wish I had saved my $$. And to Don Henly and your camera comment, get into the 21st century. To the mayor of GFW, this weekends fiasco means never again for us

  57. A onetime fan

    July 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I am wondering if part of their problem was the extra miles in jet that day to get to Gander instead of going to Windsor ON. I’m not making excuses and I didn’t see the show but if they expected a short haul to Windsor and found out they had a 4-6 hour flight to Nfld and another one back after the show, I can see how it dampened their spirits. I guess they need Geography lessons.

  58. Concert Snob

    July 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    This post is for casual fans and hard-core fans alike. It is important to make the distinction because opinions will vary along these lines.

    To the casual fan:

    I bet you loved the show-you should. Classic material played to a standard hard to achieve particularly at an outdoor venue- without benefit of a sound-check btw, because of the festival setting. The band were tight and the set-list was packed with almost all the tunes you expected. You just saw one of the greatest acts ever in a beautiful outdoor setting. A once in a lifetime experience.

    To the hard-core fan-like me!

    I believe many of you are concerned when you read negative reviews and generally feel the need to defend the band you love-I get that. I have seen a lot of shows-Eagles multiple times-sadly this was the worst.

    We all have come to accept the PR shortcomings of Don and Glen. Actually, I find Glens’ brutal honesty about money, Felder, etc. refreshing.

    Last night that ugliness and crass approach crept on stage. I was backstage before the show and it started there-everybody was in a bad mood. The band were friendly to some of the local back-line crew but that was it. They refused to meet with anybody-even the Diabetes Society who wanted a guitar signed for charity. It was classless.

    Even if you don’t care about what happens backstage, it doesn’t stop there.

    As a previous post mentioned Don was particularly surly- “keep filming and the music stops” to no-one in particular, three songs in. There was even less band interaction than usual- no speaking back-stage or on. A bad vibe from the band crew as well- I know they have a job to do-but so do Springsteen and U2’s people and that is not how they operate.
    The vibe was toxic.

    The big problem for a big fan is the set-list. They skipped the first three songs and dropped another three through throughout the set. Also, they dropped all the thematic video elements- so no context for the Desperado songs. Not sure what the point of having Bernie there was-they did not showcase him at all. So the whole “History” theme was unexplained. They moved through the set as if they were late for a more important gig elsewhere. They even skipped the break after ‘Take it to the Limit’ and then skipped ‘Pretty Maids’ and went right to Tim.

    As the reviewer noted, and any experienced fan would be able to tell, the band did not want to be there-and it showed. Definitely an off night- hope things are not going bad already. Sincerely.

    • Blair

      July 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Coming from an “experienced” fan, and being my first time FINALLY seeing the band, it couldn’t of been better. I wasn’t looking for the same set as first few nights, so there was surprise there. I will agree though that the connection with the audience just wasn’t there, and had I been in the front it would have soured the experience. It’s like any job, you have any personal problems, keep them at the door. We pay hard earned money to see these bands, thank us for it

  59. michelle

    July 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    OMG Chris,
    I am still laughing!! Your article proved to myself and my husband that we made the right choice to stay home. An event that is unable to provide water certainly does not put high expectations on its success. Feeding their egos with millions of dollars is only putting their heads further up their ass!!!! After listening to the Mayor of Grand Falls explain his concerns to the media, I have 3 words. PASS THE BUCK !!!! It is him and his council that negotiated this event. Shame on you Mr.Mayor for fleecing every Newfoundlander who spent their hard earned money to attend that concert.
    Chris, can’t wait to see you guys at your next ” meet and greet” LOL. Great music,great people what more can you ask for ? If I was at that concert, I would ask for my money back !!!!!

  60. CCH

    July 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Some of you have been taking lessons from Felder…

  61. Blair

    July 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The common curfew for every show is 11pm, unless otherwise stated. If they over that time, then they start paying fines. Compared to every set list previous, they might have not played 5-6 songs. Again, this is a festival, had it been here at Mile One, there would be one opening act and a 3 hours Eagles show

    • Heather

      July 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      No curfew…..they were slated to play until 11:45. Why do people persist in commenting on things about which they know nothing!

    • Jack

      July 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Considering they likely oversold the “VIP” section by triple the advertised amount, a few bucks on fines would have looked great on ’em. They were the crappiest megarockstars I’ve had the displeasure of witnessing. Show STUNK. Boo Eagles!

  62. Heather

    July 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    This is my fourth Eagles concert. I have seen them (chronologically) in Duluth, Winnipeg (outdoors), Las Vegas, and, now, Grand Falls-Windsor. This was by far the most disappointing show. I am not commenting on the venue or the event as a whole. I am only referring to the Eagles performance. I have seen concerts of all sizes in all sorts of venues from Honolulu to St. John’s, NL.
    And never have I seen a group be so lacklustre (Joe Walsh the noted exception!). At no point did Henley or Frey pander to the crowd and yell out the standard ‘Hey Grand Falls-Windsor!’ Or ‘It’s great to be here!’ Glen Frey didn’t even give his standard ‘We’re The Eagles from Los Angeles.’ As a matter of fact, the only acknowledgment of the crowd was Henley when he chastised the 30,000+ fans and said ‘Keep videotaping or filming the show, the music stops!’ I may have the exact wording wrong….I was completely shocked at the time. And, yes, I am aware that it is wrong to videotape a show, but really, that’s all he could say?

    For those of you readers not familiar with this part of the world (and by that I mean this province), in recent years we have hosted Kiss, Aerosmith, and Sting, to name a few. Our fans are universally recognized by the bands themselves as some of the most enthusiastic fans they have ever played for. They deserved more respect from The Eagles.

    I like The Eagles. I like their music. What I don’t like is the fact I walked away from the show feeling short changed by The Eagles as a whole. The Eagles were to play from 9:15-11:45 pm. There was no by-law that necessitated the abbreviated performance. If, as was written in the review, they thought the concert was in Windsor, ON. Well, get over it boys! You got paid. You took a plane ride to get here and a plane ride to get out of here. You were treated with respect by the concertgoers. It’s a damn shame you didn’t show us the same!

    • Jo Zee

      July 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Well said Heather!

    • Karen

      July 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Totally Agree!!!

    • Jeff

      July 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      You are absolutely correct … thanks for succinctly stating what so many fans thought …

  63. johnq

    July 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Eagles were good but not spectacular like they were at Magnetic Hill just a short 3 years ago. VIP tickets were indeed capitalized on. If I had have known the number of VIP tickets sold and the restricted area allocated,I would have purchased the regular attendance tickets. Not to mention, the fact that people who brought chairs also for some reason felt it was a claim to that area, an area that no one else could use, was embarrassing at times. They created at atmosphere that would resemble how a sardeen would feel in a can.VIP tickets grossly oversold.

  64. Big Paul

    July 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I compare this lost 70-80’s attitude toward camera phones and fan videos with that of one of my favourite performers, Joe Bonamassa. He actually encourages fan’s recording videos, pictures even bootleg recordings. There is even a website that allows file sharing of the bootleg recordings. Interesting see the perspective from a proven musician though. Good job Chris.

    • Ron

      July 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I would love to see Joe Bonamassa, great guitarist and by your assessment an open-minded performer who uses modern technology (camera phones,etc.) to actually connect with the audience. Good on him.

  65. Debbie

    July 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I was glad to watch & sing along to songs from my youth, I have always loved the Eagles but I wont lie, I was disappointed with their performance. My husband seen them in 1992 & raved how it was one of the best shows he had seen. Twenty yrs will make a difference to most musicians. I`ve recently seen AC/DC & the Stones & I can honestly say that they rocked the house! It`s been a long time since they played backup for Linda Ronstadt & a shame to think they cant put in the extra effort to give the people what they`ve paid for. Good article, Chris.

  66. Lorie

    July 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I am not a musician so I can’t comment on the band playing in lower keys.. However, having seen them in 2008 in Moncton, my first comment upon the Eagles taking the stage was wow this is not the same group I saw. I turned to my husband and said, “they must have had words or a fight.” I enjoyed the music but I do have to agree they were flat with absolutely no energy. The fact that they did address the crowd in after their first song floored me and I was even more floored after the third song and the only acknowledgement to the audience was Henley’s nasty remark about recording. (He most certainly could have done this more tactfully!) During their 2008 concert each of the 4 members at that time spoke about the song they were about to sing or had just finished singing added flare and fun to the concert. So watching the no interaction show was a disappointment. I can’t wait to read some reviews from their other tour stops.

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      The other reviews were all good. Something must have happened to put them in a bad mood this time. Logistics?

  67. Dave

    July 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Hi, Eagles have always been cold live as far as I have seen, we enjoyed the show alot ! very little interaction but we did not expect any, and by the way they always play a shortened set list at festivals as opposed to the arena shows

  68. johnny

    July 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    the man had it completely right the eagles werent the best act at the show they were just the headliner. the venue dropped the ball on the show. VIP tickets were almost $300 and was only supposed to be 2500 people. by the end of the show there was 6000+ people in VIP and i know this because i was in VIP. it was well to put it as nice as i can a SHIT SHOW, there was no walk ways anywhere so u couldnt get to the food or washrooms and when u did the wait was extremely long. they ran out of water for about 4 hrs as well in 33 degree weather which proved to be really bad for the people u were dragged off on stretchers!!!! also a beer tent should be exactly that a beer tent. i was 3rd row center and ended up having to leave because i was fed up with drunk yahoos climbing over me spilling beer at every turn, they seem to think that because they wanted to spend the day drinking in the “beer tent” they have the right to barge their way to the front of the stage. i basically spent my money to be treated no better then a common cow or sheep it was disgraceful!!!!!! this show was nothing more then a money grab by the promoter. the VIP laminates may just as well have said SUCKER cause anyone that was in there basically got robbed at gun point. it was my first salmonfest and i was super excited to be watching some great bands that i love but i can honestly say it was my first and last trip to salmonfest!!!!!

    • Jeff

      July 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

      I did a lot with my $500 I held my own eagles party and even bought the beer.i never had to wait in line to eat or drink or to use the washroom it was great!

    • Evan

      July 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

      VIP or not, if people want to get to the front of the stage they can be. Its a rock concert, what do you expect ??

  69. R. Garcia

    July 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    This is a great review if you care about the band members’ behavior, who makes the most money, and you know anything about guitar keys. I don’t. I saw them in Vegas last year and I’ll see them in Rosemont, IL in October, It’s gonna be awesome. I’m glad I don’t have backstage access. Not that it would change my view of the band and their songs. I don’t deserve a smile from Frey. A smile from listening to Peaceful Easy Feeling is enough. Don’t get me wrong, though it may sounded whiny, kudos for an honest review.

  70. Martin

    July 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I have seen the Eagles many many times. First thing is, very rarely have I ever seen photogs in front at any point in the show. More than likely the promoter did not read the rider and what may have seemd as a sudden change in postion was in fact something that never should have been in the nfirst place. Henley is hit and miss with his personality and that is well documented. I have had concerts where his his smiled right at me and nodded and others where he is clearly zoned out ( a fact he has acknowledged). Eagles don’t usually do full on meet and greets but the one you discribed sounds similar to other bands. Also, since this was an outside festivel show, they usually do a shorter set which is the norm for older performers. Are the in it for the money? Ummm yes, it’s how they make a living. Not just a liiving for them, but all those (and it is a lot) people they employee. Since you already had your mind made up before the show started, perhaps you were no the best one to write a review

    • Catherine Ducey

      July 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      don`t agree with you Martin. Everyone I spoke to after the concert felt the same way. No personality! No energy!. We all paid good money to see The Eagles and we expected more.

  71. Blair

    July 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Chris, while every one is entitled to their own opinion, it would see that you being a musician would understand why a band would play a song in a different key or tune down. I’m sure A LOT of people there cared less about all of that, they just wanted to hear their favorite song played. Also, I’m sure being rushed in to play a gig at a festival (which has a curfew people, therefore they cannot play as long as they did in Toronto)didn’t help their mood. I will say though, I did think that Don Henley’s attitude was pretty low, especially about the whole taking pictures speech.

    • Heather

      July 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      I was backstage and all postings indicated that The Eagles were to play from 9:15 – 11:45. So…..I guess (and yes, that is sarcasm) the reason for the abbreviated performance had absolutely nothing to do with a by-law or curfew!

  72. pierre mercier

    July 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments which were not not emotionnaly based on trying to get even with the fact that you could not achieve the photoshoots….. Great insights into the different approach to their songs and the somewhat lack of understanding of the coming of a major band in a very small town. Can you name other small towns which will be part of this tour? I mean under 16.000…. I remained unfazed through Blue Rodeo, JD and the straight shots, Johnny Reid and The Tragically Hip (Gordon in a Shouting contest most of the time), country flavored music is not my cup of tea (love Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and lately Justin Townes Earle….) The sound from behind the console was terrible with too much treble… The Eagles soundscape was flawless and Joe took that show to an other dimension any time he would start a guitar lick….. People are generally too much number 1 hit oriented and do not listen music actively… (generality i know)… Your piece of writing is honest but tainted too much with subjectivity….. I basically do not give a sheit about the celebrity thing, it is cancer of the ego…. The music was what really mattered. We were lucky to have these guys comin here. They will not come back unless they get 2 million dollars next time?

    • marilyn

      July 24, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      No one want’s them back…

  73. NotAFanAnymore

    July 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I was a huge eagles fan until this weekend. I totally agree with this article. I had first hand experience dealing with them this weekend and they are arrogant, rude, ignorant, just nasty horrible people, including their handlers, and team that was on the ground.
    I’ve never experienced anything else like it. I deal with the public on a daily basis and realize it takes all kinds but these people just take the cake ! As far as the performance goes, they weren’t that great. All their voices were very raspy, and they never put much effort into their show. That was evident. All in all , as the eagles were on my bucket list of bands to see, and I jumped at the chance to be able to work with them this past weekend, but I’m totally turned from them, and wouldn’t wish it on anyone to have to deal with this group !

    • Eagles fan no more

      July 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I agree. I own all their albums and seeing them in concert was also well up on my bucket list. I felt totally offended by Don Henley. Here’s a twist on an old joke: What’s the difference between Don Henley and God? God doesn’t think he’s Don Henley.

      • Clem

        July 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

        Your joke is interesting because in Don Felder’s book “Heaven and Hell”, he calls Henley and Fry “the gods”. Felder is an original guitarist with the Eagles. He is best known for writing the music to Hotel California. His book is a great read and gives readers an appreciation in the happenings of the Eagles band through his years with them.

  74. Shane

    July 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Was listening to Stern a few months back and they were airing some of the old tapes. Well, anyway, what you are saying in this review is exactly what stern and guests were talking about when it came to the Eagles. I know that people would such a reaction as you did as soon as they were announced to be playing at salmon fest. Great article lee and very well written. Don’t mind the trolls. .

  75. Sandy

    July 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I didn’t go to Salmon Festival so can’t pass any comment on that particular show, but I saw them play in Cleveland Tuesday night. I have to say they were beyond fantastic…lots of energy and they played a solid 3 hours and really seemed to enjoy what they were doing (maybe they were acting…if they were they had me and the other 19,000+ fans in that building fooled!) The Cleveland concert was held in an inside venue – Salmon Fest of course is outside and it was still 20+ degrees at that point of the evening from what I hear. These guys are all 60+ years of age, if they managed to belt out tunes and keep the guitars and drums going with the warm weather and being under lights for 2 hours, I think that’s fantastic! Their tunes have been played on the radio for over 40 years …I really can’t see them being in it for the money at this point. Long live the Eagles! I hope I can see them again before they retire for good!

  76. Neil Conway

    July 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I like this piece though some of the criticism is warranted. It comes across as someone who’s just in a bad mood at times. But in the end I get the inside view I was looking for and pretty much what I expected. When people read someone else’s point of view and it doesn’t match their preconceptions they tend to shoot the messenger. Just imagine if you gave a bad review for a local band. You’d have to go into hiding.

    “In a voice that betrayed a sense of overcompensation…” Is that supposed to be portrayed?

    • Chris LeDrew

      July 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      No, I meant to say “betrayed.” I would have used “portrayed” if I he was TRYING to sound like he was overcompensating. Which is impossible. But thanks anyway.

  77. Ron

    July 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The article is accurate in my opinion. Well written. I saw the Eagles on two other occasions before Salmon Fest in GF-W. They just seemed in a hurry to get it over with. I still enjoyed it for the most part but the real value in the concert was Blue Rodeo and The Hip. I felt cheated by the Eagles by not playing a good and complete show. The chemistry just wasn’t there for the band. Hope they rediscover their passion again at some point.

  78. Wanda

    July 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    “got them out of there and back to civilization the minute the show was over” … as a Newfoundlander writing this you make it sound like they came to some hell hole… biggest problem I see with this year’s concert is overcrowding and lack of insight into a bigger crowd. Bands will be bands, they all have attitudes… some deserved, some not and how they treat people is not a concern to them, they still get paid. The main thing is that their audience enjoys the show!

    • Chris LeDrew

      July 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Wanda, that’s what I was implying from their perspective. They didn’t want to be here, rest assured. They played three hours in Toronto Thursday night. What does that tell you?

      • Dave

        July 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        Not making excuses for them but my understanding was that there was a town noise bylaw that shuts things down by 11(it was over by 11:10 to be exact). Is this true or did the band really dictate the time?

        • Heather

          July 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          No… by-law or curfew which required an abbreviated show. All backstage scheduling postings indicated performance time of 9:15-11:45.

        • Allan

          July 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

          When the Eagles headline big outdoor shows that have several bands they usually play for two hours. If the Eagles play in an arena with no other bands they play for nearly three hours. There are two sets with a twenty minute intermission and a few encores.

      • Clem

        July 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        I was at the Toronto concert and it was absolutely amazing! Nothing like you described in your report . They did indeed play for three hours and rocked the place! Joe Walsh tore the house down. I feel sorry for the people that paid huge money and probably travelled far to see a one time favourite band of theirs. According to reports, the logistic issues/problems certainly didn’t help any!

      • Susan

        July 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

        That they had a difft contract that specified a difft performance time. I personally attended only because the eagles were there & I wish it had been a solo show or a show w 1 opening act – rather than a festival & I def would have liked to see them indoors – but travelling to the mainland wasn’t an option for me & I was so happy to see one of my absolute fave bands & prob the one that had the most meaning for me. When they started playing everything else that was a problem pretty well dissipated & when I got to see them from maybe 20 ft away towards the end of the set, it was very moving. Look at the reviews from Toronto on July 11 – 95 % are glowing – a few mention the slowness of the beginning (which I also noticed & wished to see it more lively or uptempo & I didn’t like the sparce instrumentation on the opening song Wichy Woman – I was afraid that it would be sparce the whole way through – but it wasn’t), that they didn’t seem very animated (a lot mentioned they liked the info the band provided on their history – I suspect that was left out at GF/W because of time constraints & delivering more music than banter – but would have been nice to have a bit more banter. a few mentioned the songs were now in lower keys & that they missed the players who were not playing with them now and a bit of a lack luster . But it was close to a universal 5/5 stars & everyone loved and were going back in nov. To me, they seemed like a band that would sound best in an inside venue w inpeccable sound – while I was around & remembered the sounds when the others sang & I got a bit tired of Don henley’s voice – just because he sang so much, exquisite on some songs – but I would have preferred more variety & the strength of the vocals & instrumentatation of some of the others. Their sound (vocals & music) was so precise in the original versions – that it is permanently etched in my memory – some of it was just so outstanding. I am not a musician, but Chris, whenever I hear you play, almost always w others, your music is pretty much perfection – a masterpiece – & I consider you a scholar on this band – you expected a lot (& deservedly so – they had a lot of resources to deliver the best). You know though, even with a 1.2 million paycheck, this was really putting them out of their zone w logistics to come to GF/W. I really think they might have tried to get out of it (maybe they did?) – but I am just so thankful they agreed to play & did play – I have been waiting for ~ 36 yrs & of course they won’t tour forever. What you didn’t see was that as they were leaving the stage, Timothy, the last one of the line to leave, really looked at the audience with a “Shish, I wish I could stay & play longer but I gotta go” kind of expression. I realize he is well practiced at that & may give it a lot but I think that he (& I think others in the band realized that this was a big experience for everyone there) & I think they got into it – because the crowd was so appreciative. I wish GF/W & SRO had listened to the feedback from other shows & made sure there were the arrangements that needed to be there for all concert goers. I think the backlash is really because people are so angry that GF/W & SRO showed they cared little about conditions at the concert & didn’t provide accuirate info as to numbers (grossly misleading) & people want to have it run better next time. They have to look at their liability for not handling things properly. Most every band that comes here is overwhelmed with the niceness of Newfoundlanders, how welcome they feel, how much their music is appreciated. I hope that the Eagles and all other bands playing here realize that that is indeed true for the eagles and for all bands. Your article gave critical (as in evaluative) info that the regular person who didn’t research it or had not seen the video or was not backstage or did not have access to former members would not have & from a very qualified musician with a well trained ear.

  79. Raymond

    July 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I totally agree that it’s all about the money and the eagles couldn’t care less about the fans and they probably never did! The Hip was great and I think a way better performance than the eagles could ever do! And I absolutely agree Chris with ur review! Well said my friend and keep up the good work!!!

  80. Russ

    July 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Good article Chris. I would never, anymore at least, spend my hard earned money on tickets to see the “Egos” if they come to Vancouver. I have the Hell Freezes Over DVD and pop that in when I feel a desire to hear their music. The meet and greet you described sounds pretty pathetic. It doesn’t take much effort to be nice to people. I’m surprised some slighted person/fan at the meet and greet there didn’t holler at them about their attitudes.

  81. milton spracklin

    July 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    It’s just like you wrote it Chris. I see them down in Ft. Lauderdale FLA. in 2010 front row. Henley never smiled the whole show. Joe Walsh and I made eye contact several times, but the others won’t even look at you. Seemed like they didn’t even want to be there…..Grand Falls was a disappointment!!!

  82. Ron

    July 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I’m hearing the same negative reviews of the Eagles much more than the positive ones. Add to the misery the fact they oversold the “VIP” and jammed 6000 persons into an area meant for 2500 (first hand account from a friend), along with soaring temperatures and massive line-ups for beer/toilets/water/etc. sounds like I made the right decision and stayed away!

  83. Jason Woodford

    July 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Chris, you are absolutely spot on. I was backstage the _WHOLE_ day running errands and such, took in some of the concert from side-stage, and had a chance to shake hands with a few members from the Hip, Blue Rodeo, etc… who hang around before and after their set chatting, relaxing — spending the day like rock stars would. I never saw any Eagles members – not once. It was the cold, empty, meaningless half of backstage.

  84. Chris LeDrew

    July 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks all for weighing in. I know that many people did enjoy the show as well, which is great. Tom and Trevor, one of you should write a positive review if you disagree with my experience or don’t see it as valid. I’d like to get a different perspective. You can post it here if you’d like.

    • Denise

      July 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Chris,great article and unfortunately so true.Although,I’m almost sure that the people who were getting their picture taken weren’t winners of a contest but sponsors from Toyota.

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      From having read some of the comments on the review it seems like the public expected much more for their dollar than what they got out of it or maybe they didn’t have the right age to appreciate the longlasting Eagles show. The logistic and maybe other unknown problems probably pissed them of so their moods at start of may have been not that great. It happens, they’re humans too.On other concerts they’ve gotten good reviews and the video footage shows flawless performance and joy in what they do.They never really been the smiling at the audience kind I guess, but playing their songs perfectly, toning down some songs may have to do with the heat to be singing more comfortable to their voices. What’s better, to sing out of key or hit the pitch right? After all they’re not in their twenties anymore…..

    • Guy

      July 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm


      I think you were spot on, I was there for the whole show. Terrible, my bubble has busted for the Eagles for sure. Money grab, that’s all. Too bad.

  85. Evan

    July 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    It’s white sad to read this, but I don;t find it had to believe. I never had the chance to make it out to Grand-Falls Windsor this weekend past, but after reading this I my only regret is missing the other acts. I went to see Fleetwood Mac play a few weeks ago and paid the extra money for Mick’s meet and greet. Holy Crap was it ever worth the money. We had about an hour with Mick for pictures, questions, autographs and some time to go up on stage and look around. Mick really did respect out time and because of this I respect him more.
    With Mich we also had a chat about how there is a transition in a musicians career from playing the music for yourself and the discovery to playing for the people and giving them a “show”.
    It sounds like the Eagles are doing neither and simply playing for the doe.

    • Evan

      July 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      quite, don’t, Mick

  86. emma

    July 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Well written. Well Said.

    It’s sad how easily celebrities/rockstars forget how they got that very title – devoted fans and the media.

    • Raymond of Canada

      July 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      What’s sad is fans 30 years later think nothing has changed. Who would go to a concert of a 30+-year-old band and expect anymore than what they got?

      • Jeff of Newfoundland

        July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        What world are you living in Raymond?
        I saw the first time the Beach Boys played in Grand Falls and they were epic for a “30+ yr old Band”.I’ve seen lots of “30+ bands” over the years(AC/DC,Stones,KISS,etc)and they have always played a great show.They played to the crowd that paid hard earned money to come see them.Its the entertainment business,you are PAID to entertain not go through the motions and collect the paycheck at the end.I even saw Stompin’Tom play his heart out in his “30+band” and kick ass better than The Eagles did.
        Best example ever that I have witnessed was Jerry Lee Lewis arriving 2.5 hours late for a Rockfest concert in Minedosa,Manitoba and rocking the house down for almost 3 hours to a packed crowd that waited all day to hear him and doing all this in his seventies.
        Eagles have lost my patronage,You Reap What You Sow!

  87. Tim Chalker

    July 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    You nailed it. I left after the second song. Not a good vibe at all.

    • B R

      July 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      How would you know he nailed it if you left after the second song??

  88. Roland Baker

    July 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Great piece. I agree with a lot of what you have written and no doubt, these guys are in it for the money. Looking at older concert footage (’73 and ’77), their on-stage personalities are not much different than what they demonstrated in GF-W on July 13. The Hell Freezes Over DVD shows a similar portrayal. They have never had much of a presence on stage. Joe Walsh did at one time but for obvious reasons he has slowed. He at least spoke to the crowd and attempted a joke or two (flashes of the past). For most, they saw what they wanted and I certainly got what I expected. In that regard, no disappointment. By the way, their emotionless show was timed to EXACTLY two hours, including an encore.
    Oh well, life in the fast lane has certainly slowed for them. More like they have “taken it to the limit”! and now hide behind their own “lying eyes”. They were once great and relevant and their appearance here is now bucket list tick. The way I see it, they saved me a huge chunk of change. I’ll call it even.

  89. tom watters

    July 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Don’t forget to add whining baby to your bio. This “review” reads more like a facebook updated from a teenage fan

    Summary of your article…

    – Wah, at the meet and greet the band weren’t nice
    – They would not let me take pictures in front of the stage
    – They are meanies who only care about money
    – They don’t like their fans
    – They don’t sound as good as their records from 30 years ago
    – I have first had knowledge Springsteen is nicer
    – I watched the “History of the Eagles” so I was biased before the show started. This makes it an esier piece to write.
    – No setlist included
    – There was a concert but I’d rather talk about my hurt feelings and how much I don’t like those fellows.

    By the way tuning down for songs is a pretty standard practice for ageing vocalists. Shouldn’t you know that being a “musician” an all?

    • Tony

      July 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      It’s not a standard practice for good ones

  90. Trevor

    July 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Buddy , what concert where you at? You sound like a little wining baby who obviously had your ego stepped in. The Eagles and the rest of the acts were awesome

    • Crystal

      July 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Every one has their own opinion come on now I like what he wrote. no one is right and no one is wrong, that’s why we live in a free country. No wining just a great opinion.

      • Tony

        July 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        What makes you think we live in a free country? We don’t. You vote once every for years. Then whoever gets elected can do what they want. And it doesn’t matter what you want. That’s not a free country.

    • Tony

      July 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Chris was actually being kind. As bad a show as I have ever seen. And I even saw Sharon Lois and Bram.

      • Don Lester

        July 18, 2013 at 6:07 am

        Chris was correct in his article on the Eagles. Everyone I have spoken with that were there had the same opinion of the group.

    • Catherine Ducey

      July 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      I enjoyed the concert a lot, but have to agree with Chris. there was no interaction with the audience. Time for them to pack it in!!!

    • Katherine Howley

      July 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      The rest of the acts were awesome but the Eagles were not. They came out, did not smile, did not even speak to the crowd. They looked like they were there because they had to be. They did not connect with the audience, had no passion or life. I could have stayed home and listened to their music and would have been a lot happier because I would not have known how terrible their stage presence was.I saw Aerosmith last year and Steven Tyler was fantastic from his first moment on stage. Bottom line – The Eagles sucked!

    • Luana Ravalico

      July 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Haven’t been at the concert myself but commenting to this review by Chris LeDrew it seems he is whining a lot about it. Maybe he wanted to get an exclusive interview and pictures and was dissappointed having to follow the strict rules megastars have to set. All the other reviews sofar have been good. Likely with logistics gone all wrong it has toned down the mood and let the nerves flair somewhat but professionals don’t let that interfere with performance. Looking at the comments not everyone was dissappointed. Apparently the show was great!? Flawless performance.

      • Diane

        July 15, 2016 at 9:57 am

        Luana you were not at the concert. I was and I agree with Chris completely as did everyone I spoke to who went to the concert.
        There was no comradery among the group. No playing to the audience and outright rudeness from Don Henley. I saw the Eagles in Moncton few years before and it was great. The Eagles were my favourite group but that sense of enjoyment listening to them now had been dulled and it is due to that concert. Terrible.

    • rob

      July 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Trevor, give your head a shake, Chris hit it right on the nail, maybe when don threated to stop playing, someone should of shouted out SEE YA!!!!!!!

    • David

      July 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      I agree, The Eagles were great. Sure 30 years have passed and you can tell. The Eagles had less than six(6) hrs. in NL.,close to three for transportation, 2 for the show and they squeezed as much as possible into the remaining hr. What do you expect in a meet and greet of 30-40 people, everybody to be able to tell his or her life story. Chris your article sucks and show very little understanding of the situation.

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