The Eagles Announced Their Final Tour
The Eagles have been around in some form for over half a century. While they have only released seven albums in their career, six before the breakup and one after reuniting in 2007, they truly have been one of the most popular music acts in history.
It was 1990s country star Travis Tritt who got the reunion of the Eagles started when he recorded “Take It Easy” for the Common Thread tribute album in 1993 and asked the guys to join him for the video. The band’s final lineup — guitarist/singer Glenn Frey. drummer/singer Don Henley, guitarist/singer Don Felder, guitarist/singer Joe Walsh and bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit — complied. The meeting led to the band putting aside their differences and eventually reuniting for their 1994 “Hell Freezes Over Tour.”
According to Rolling Stone, the Eagles’ final show before their breakup happened in 1980 in Long Beach, California, a show the group played for a fundraiser for California senator Alan Cranston. Eagles guitarist Don Felder objected to the band’s plan to use the Long Beach show as a fundraiser sparking a heated fight between himself and Glenn Frey, which played out onstage. The band was dormant from that night until the 1994 reunion tour.
Their reunion was incredibly successful and has gone on for nearly three decades. In that time, Felder has been fired (back in 2001) and, tragically, Frey died in 2016. Soince then, the band has recruited his son, Deacon Frey, along with country legend Vince Gill to fill out their live lineup. And the current lineup — Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt, Vince Gill, and Deacon Frey — have just announced what they are calling their final tour.
In a press release, the band said, “The Eagles have had a miraculous 52-year odyssey, performing for people all over the globe, keeping the music alive in the face of tragic losses, upheavals, and setbacks of many kinds. Our long-run has lasted for longer than any of us ever dreamed. But everything has its time, and the time has come for us to close the circle.”
They continued, “We want to give all our fans a chance to see us in this final round. So, scheduling information will be released as dates are set. The difficulties of booking venues may require us to return to certain cities, depending on demand. But we hope to see as many of you as we can before we finish up.”
They concluded their statement, saying, “Most importantly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embracing this band and its music. At the end of the day, you are the reason we have been able to carry on for over five decades. This is our swan song, but the music goes on and on.”
Dates for the first 13 shows on “The Long Goodbye” tour go on sale on Friday, July 14.
The Eagles, “The Long Goodbye” Tour Dates:
Sept. 7 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
Sept. 11 — Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
Sept. 16 — Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
Sept. 20 — Belmont Park, N.Y. @ UBS Arena
Oct. 5 — Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
Oct. 9 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Oct. 13 — Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 17 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Nov. 2 — Atlanta, Ga. @ State Farm Arena
Nov. 7 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Spectrum Center
Nov. 9 — Raleigh, N.C. @ PNC Arena
Nov. 14 — Lexington, Ky. @ Rupp Arenanergy Center