Billboard magazine is reporting that The Eagles will return to North American arenas this summer. The tour will kick off on May 31st in Reno, Nevada and is expected to hit at least 30 cities. Venues and dates have yet to be released but Billboard is reporting that the following cities will be included on the tour itinerary, St. Paul, Minn.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., Milwaukee (Summerfest), Omaha, Neb.; Birmingham, Ala.; Portland, Ore.; Tupelo, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Oklahoma City.
The group is hard at work on their first studio album together since 1980’s “The Long Run”. The Eagles’ Don Henley told Billboard that the band expects to release the album sometime next year and it will most likely be released independently via the internet and a few large retail chains.
Henley has been in the news lately with his activities related to championing “recording artists rights”. Henley spearheaded a movement among musicians called the Recording Artists Coalition that is actively trying to lobby the California State Legislator to change laws to bring recording artist contracts inline with those of other industries. The Recording Artists Coalition made headlines in February when they held a series of star packed fundraising concerts in Los Angeles on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Of course, The Eagles performed at one of the benefit concerts.
This will be the first U.S. tour for the group since they hit the road to support their 1994 reunion album, “Hell Freezes Over”.
Update: Below please find the initial dates for the Eagles tour. No word at press time whether more dates will be added. The tour is focused primarily on “secondary markets”.
05/31 - Reno, NV, Lawlor Events Center
06/01 - Las Vegas, The Joint
06/03 - El Paso, TX, UTEP / Don Haskins Center
06/04 - Albuquerque, NM, The Pit Arena
06/06 - Salt Lake City, Delta Center
06/07 - Boise, ID, The Idaho Center
06/09 - Calgary, AB, Pengrowth Saddledome
06/10 - Edmonton, AB, Skyreach Centre
06/12 - Vancouver, BC, P.N.E. Coliseum
06/13 - Portland, OR, Rose Garden
06/15 - Quincy, WA, Gorge Amphitheater
06/18 - Fargo, ND, Fargodome
06/19 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
06/21 - Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
06/22 - Columbus, OH, Jerome Schottenstein Center
06/28 - Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
06/29 - Oklahoma City, OK, The New Ford Center Arena
07/01 - Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
07/02 - Little Rock, AR, Alltell Arena
07/04 - Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
07/05 - Louisville, KY, Freedom Hall
07/07 - Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
07/08 - Moline, IL, Mark of the Quad Cities
07/10 - Wichita, KS, Kansas Coliseum
07/11 - Kansas City, MO, Kemper Arena
07/13 - Ames, IA, Hilton Coliseum
07/14 - Omaha, NE, Omaha Civic Auditorium
07/16 - Tupelo, MS, Bancorp South Center
07/17 - Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
07/19 - Baton Rouge, LA, Pete Maravich Assembly Center
07/20 - Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum