I had extraordinarily good fortune yesterday. I received a phone call from my friend Chip in the morning, did I want to go see the Eagles/Steely Dan at the forum in Inglewood last night? His treat?
Well, heck yes I did. I asked him where the tickets were and he said that it was a surprise. Okay, no problem. Coincidentally my friends Mick and RoxAnn were also going, Peter saw the show last week.
This was cool because honestly somehow, I have never before seen either band and while I like the Eagles, I love Steely Dan.
Lady behind me saw three other Eagles shows this week, making it to everyone of them.
Next she is flying to Phoenix and Austin.
Another father and son flew in from Utah.
A guy from Rancho Santa Fe said this was his fiftieth Eagles show.
I know that nobody in this section paid less than four figures for their seat and some of them considerably higher.
These people are in love with the Eagles and beyond seriously devoted.
Sort of like deadheads without the psychedelics.
Even the ushers were gushing about the performances this week.
A greatest hits package but what a library of hits!
Felt so good to see them live. Great drummer, great guitars, great horn section.
Or should I say fifty times in a row.
I never exactly understood his fit in the Eagles, now I do.
There were six guitars on stage at one time or maybe seven if you count guest J.D. Souther.
One ridiculous thing about their performance was that there was an incessant guitar change with every song.
Six guitars and they couldn't play them for more than one song?
Seriously? Is that really necessary?
My favorite song of the night?
Meissner's I can't tell you why, delivered by Timothy B. Schmit.
Was hoping for a train leaves here this morning or a duelin dalton but no longer in the playbook.
Schmit comes to my shows in Santa Fe but never stops at my booth.
Actually a hard working bass player and very good singer of the high parts.
I would say the night went off without a hitch.
The only time I was taken aback was when, Henley, standing about twelve feet from me, announced that tonight's show was sponsored by paxlovid. I had heard a rumor that he had covid and I really hope that it is over or at least, no longer contagious.
I actually like Henley's writing, always has a healthy dose of cynicism, which I always appreciate. just don't want to share the disease.
We wanted to get back on the road, both tired and we left after Hotel California, skipping the encore. Eagled out. But really happy, great night. Got back at one in the morning. Thank you Chip!