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gig grab bag: history of the eagles

April 22, 2015

gig grab bag logoI finally watched the History of the Eagles documentary last weekend and it more than lived up to all the hype I’d heard. It’s a tremendously well done portrait of one of the most successful and least simpatico bands of all time. I’ve read that Don Felder wasn’t totally pleased with how the film portrayed his involvement and subsequent falling out(s) with the band. But, while Glenn Frey definitely did get some jabs in during his interviews, I really didn’t think the film glorified any of the members. In fact, some of the more groan-worthy sound bites from Don Henley and Frey especially could have been lifted straight out of the lead singer meltdown scene in Almost Famous. Ah, band dynamics.  Spinal Tap will be funny forever because as long as there are bands there are egos, personality clashes, and varying degrees of talent. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Eagles earlier work, especially the two albums produced by Glyn Johns.  I also think Don Felder was a great addition to the original lineup but they kind of lose me in the Joe Walsh era. Today’s Gig Grab Bag is a 1974 performance of “Already Gone” from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert featuring my favorite incarnation of the band. I’ve got a particularly soft spot for this song because my darling dad, who happens to be a phenomenal guitar player, has always said that the signature screeching guitar lick in the album version (Felder doesn’t do it in the video) was the reason he wanted to play the instrument. So, thanks Don Felder. Without that guitar of his my dad may never have scored my mom and created me, so hat tip for that because I’m pretty glad to be here.

History of the Eagles is available for streaming on Netflix now. Watch it and then mentally fast forward six years from this performance to Frey literally threatening to kill Felder on stage, during a song. Nothing lasts forever…

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  1. Aunt Karen permalink
    April 26, 2015 7:40 pm

    I love the Joe Walsh era! Tbone threatened to disavow you as a niece when I read that part to him. So you’re not a fan of the James Gang?

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