Last night we celebrated the 66th birthday of Joe Walsh at the Eagles concert in Tampa. Great news: while now eligible for social security, the band still sounded terrific as they performed from 8:15-11:15 with only one short break.
Unfortunately, the Eagles’ fans don’t seem to have fared as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I didn’t expect to be one of the youngsters in the crowd. The Medicare set in attendance complete with orthopaedic shoes enjoyed every minute of the concert, including “Life in the Fast Lane”, but struggled to walk up the steep steps of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Something this older crowd had in common with the one at the Hotel California tour in 1978 – beer spilling. It seems drunk 20 somethings and wobbly sixty and seventy year olds both have difficulty squeezing through the row to their seat with a beer in hand, but what’s a concert without wearing a little beer?
The concert, dubbed, “History of the Eagles” taught the type of lesson that makes everyone a history buff. Starting with more mellow sounds like “Saturday Night” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and concluding with “Hotel California”, “Take It Easy”, and “Desperado”, the band’s hits provided memories from the past 40 years…unforgettable.
“Take it Easy” from the Eagles concert in Philadelphia in July.