You can check out of the Eagles’ Hotel California anytime you like, but why would you?

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The Eagles began the Canadian leg of their Hotel California tour at a packed Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.Ebru Yildiz/Handout

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On Friday, at a packed Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Eagles began the Canadian leg of their Hotel California tour. The first set of concerts was dedicated to that historic 1976 rock album, one of the best-selling LPs of all time. It was played perfectly, front to back, It was a well-received reenactment—an audience grumbled with songs about lost dreams, last resorts, the warm smell of colitas and a new baby in town.

Hopeless romantics, here we go again.


The tour comes at a time when countless heritage acts are hitting the road, with concert ticket pricing in the news. Earlier this summer, Bruce Springsteen fans united in a spit to capture the high cost of seats for his 2023 tour. The commotion was so intense that Ticketmaster felt obliged to make a statement that the artists and promoters set the ticket prices, not Ticketmaster.

Of course, Ticketmaster is owned by Live Nation Entertainment, which also happens to conduct concert promotions for Live Nation. Frequently maligned seat-sellers gave figures to suggest outrage over the “dynamic pricing” system, which pushed VIP packages well into the four figures, was unfair. According to Ticketmaster, higher-priced “platinum” tickets, with variable (bounce) pricing based on demand, represent a small fraction of Springsteen tickets sold on the first day of sale. The company said that 88 percent of tickets were sold at fixed prices, which ranged from US$60 to US$399 (before taxes and fees).

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When it comes to the current allegations of rock ‘n’ roll price gouging, the Eagles should yawn at the hubbub. Back in 1994, the recently reunited band had fans and the press clutching pearls by setting prices for their When Hell Freezes Over tour, which broke the US$100 barrier for the most expensive seats.

Now, $100 won’t get you into building for the Eagles in Toronto, where $125 for noseband seats and lower bowl housing costs more than double that—standard fares for an act of the Eagles’ stature.

Drummer and singer-songwriter Don Henley has said hotel California The album was a commentary on the souring of the sixties ideals of peace, love and understanding in the Southern California seventies and the rise of rock ‘n’ roll greed and hedonism. self-criticism? From Eagles? Maybe not. More likely, Henley had mistook a mirror for a window.

Themes that move through hotel California The loss of innocence and the cost of innocence are involved. But if the Fractal, Mercenary Eagles have life-long fans who still have no innocence when it comes to this band, they were never paying attention in the first place.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine in 1979, Eagles manager Irving Azoff stated that the band’s motto when working with concert promoters and record labels was to be paid now, and then to be paid again later. “Find a fair price, add a third, and that’s what we get in our contracts,” he said.

This is a band whose songwriters took a particularly bottom-line approach to the art of composing music. An eagle would suggest minor changes to the song being written by two others, thus receiving partial credit for lucrative publication royalties: “change a word, gain a third” as they called it.

In Scotiabank, the Eagles performed during a long second set of greatest hits. easy, The fact is, these people always took what they could get, ruthless for that extra thirty-three and a third.

Historically, as a live band, the Eagles have never really been worth the premium. They barely accepted their audience and didn’t even get along with each other. The brotherhood’s lack of glare was a drag. Harmony for the Eagles was a very vocal technique, not an ethos.

I was previously disappointed with the Eagles’ bland, corporate onstage conduct. The late Glen Frey was not specifically equipped for front man duties. In later years, when he took over more His harsh, scripted mockery of an Emmys role was painful to endure.

But the band seemed revived at the Scotiabank Arena. The celebration of their biggest album gives a sense of purpose to a work that has released just one studio album in the past 43 years. Frey, who died of cancer in 2016, has been replaced by country singer-songwriter and guitarist Vince Gill, with Frey’s son Deacon Frey providing guest lead vocals. easy, peaceful easy feeling And already gone,

Joe Walsh, the first time in . joined the band for the recording of hotel California 46 years ago, there was always a lively, weird-uncle presence, whether on Eagles material or on its own. life was good and james gang number funk #49 And Rocky Mountain Way, Walsh rips guitar solos and rallies to the crowd for the same reason he dyes his hair blonde: to make us happy.

Longtime bassist Timothy B. With Schmidt the group played almost three hours without error, with a local choir and orchestra contributing many of the 26 songs. After hotel California set, Henley said that the band would return after an intermission to take us out. He did it in the best possible way.

Buy tickets, ride and smell the Colitas. The Eagles are finally giving fans their money’s worth.

Vulture hotel California Tour continues to Ottawa, Sept 13; Winnipeg, September 16; Saskatoon, September 18; Edmonton, September 20; Vancouver, September 22.


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