The Eagles will bring what they are calling their final tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, Sept. 16, as well as Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, Sept. 7; and the UBS Arena in Long Island, on Sept. 20. Tickets go on sale July 14 at 10 a.m., with pre-sales beginning July 12 at 10 a.m.; visit Ticketmaster.com.
The tour, which will feature Steely Dan as the opening act, is titled The Long Goodbye.
The Eagles — currently made up of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey (the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey’s son) — said in a statement: “The Eagles have had a miraculous 52-year odyssey, performing for people all over the globe; keeping the music alive in the face of tragic losses, upheavals and setbacks of many kinds. Credit and thanks go to our longtime management team, our dedicated road crew, and our exceptional backup musicians for providing skilled and steadfast support, throughout these many years. We know how fortunate we are, and we are truly grateful.
“Our long run has lasted far longer than any of us ever dreamed. But, everything has its time, and the time has come for us to close the circle. The official farewell tour is currently in the planning stages. We want to give all our fans a chance to see us on this final round. So, scheduling information will be released as dates are set. The difficulties of booking venues for multiple nights may require us to return to certain cities, depending on demand. But, we hope to see as many of you as we can, before we finish up. Most importantly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embracing this band and its music. At the end of the day, you are the reason we have been able to carry on for over five decades. This is our swan song, but the music goes on and on.”
The initial series of dates will stretch from the Madison Square Garden show to a concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 17.
The Eagles and Steely Dan, two of the best-selling American rock bands of the ’70s, have quite a bit of history together. The shared a manager for many years (Irving Azoff) and Steely Dan’s 1976 song “Everything You Did” included the sardonic line, “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening,” while The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” released later that year, returned the favor with “They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast.” Schmit contributed backing vocals to Steely Dan’s albums Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam and Aja, and Schmit, Don Henley and Glenn Frey sang on Steely Dan’s 1978 hit “FM (No Static at All).”
Click HERE for 10 connections between The Eagles and Steely Dan.
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