Eagles Relaunch Forum With Epic Three-Hour Show

01/17/2014
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(Radio.com) They call it classic rock for a reason. On Wednesday night (Jan. 15), Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and the Eagles glided through the band's long history of music with an epic three-hour show to commemorate the relaunch of legendary Los Angeles concert venue, the Forum.

The time-worn harmonies and even the group's signature melodic guitar solos of yore are deeply ingrained in the subconscious of anyone who's spent any time with legacy rock radio.

From its launch in 1967 through the '90s, the L.A. Forum was the city's premiere arena, the longtime home to championship NBA franchise the Lakers that also played host to an impressive list of music titans, including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin.

After falling out of favor with the advent of the Staples Center in downtown L.A. in the 2000s, the Forum is back after a $100 million renovation (complete with the world's largest vinyl record on the roof), the arena debuting it's bold new look with a six-stand stand from the Eagles, which kicked off with last night's show.

Opening with the band members sitting in a circle with acoustic guitars to invoke the "simple rehearsal shack atmosphere of 1971," as Henley said in a recent interview, the first segment of the show was a well-paced retrospective of the band's humble beginnings.

True to the tour's "History of the Eagles" moniker, the opening set closely paralleled the popular 2013 Showtime documentary of the same name, chronologically covering the band's first few full-lengths such as 1973′s Desperado and breakout 1975 collection One of These Nights, alternating between video and onstage introductions detailing the scenarios behind those nascent albums. More.

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