Photos and review by David “Gus” Griesinger
Eagles at KeyBank Center Buffalo, NY 4-21-22
The Eagles made their second stop stop in less than four years in the Queen city. This tour was built on playing the iconic album Hotel California in sequential order and in its entirety.
Taking on extra guitar duty was longtime Eagles touring musician Steuart Smith. He was accompanied by touring musicians Scott F. Crago on percussion, Will Hollis on keyboards and synthesizers and Michael Thompson on keyboards and piano.
Most of Don Henley's lead vocals were handled from the front of the stage as he also played rhythm guitar throughout the set (going back and forth between playing the drums and rhythm guitar). What was even more special: the band also had a 38-piece orchestra which was made mostly of local musicians and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir.
Lead vocals for the second set were handled by Henley along with guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit. It was a nice mix of ballads and upbeat tempo tunes, which included Walsh's “Rocky Mountain Way” and “Funk #49.” Just like in 2015, Walsh drew the biggest round of applause out of any members of the band. He comes off the most loveable and down to earth. At one point he said, “I rather be in my 20s in the '70s then in my 70s in the '20s.” That drew a lot of laughs.
Henley incorporated the classic “Boys of Summer.” It was a great mix of overall songs that encompassed the Eagles along with some of the various works of both Walsh and Henley.
The overall sound was exquisite. All vocalists sounded fantastic (especially Henley). No machines or auto tuning going on here. By adding the orchestra, the band didn’t spare any expense and stayed true to playing the parts to as much as possible. That deserved a round of applause in itself. Not adding another musician to fill Deacon Frey’s parts was risky. The band pulled it off though. Another Eagles gem locked in the books. They still have it and are still a must see if they are heading your way.
New Kid in Town
Life in the Fast Lane
Wasted Time (reprise)
Victim of Love
Pretty Maids All in a Row
Try and Love Again
The Last Resort
Seven Bridges Road (Steve Young cover)
Take it Easy
One of These Nights
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Jack Tempchin cover)
Take it to the Limit
In the City (Joe Walsh song)
I Can’t Tell You Why
Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh song)
Already Gone (Jack Tempchin cover)
Funk #49 (Joe Walsh song)
Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song)
The Boys of Summer (Don Henley song)
Best of my Love
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