Bernie Leadon joked that he used to have hair in '70s. That prompted Don Henley to suggest the concert was turning into "Hee-Haw." Star Tribune photo by Carlos Gonzalez
The Eagles were to the 1970s what the Beach Boys were to the 1960s – the soundtrack to America’s white middle-class, a band that delivered memorable melodies, wonderful harmonies and visions of California dreams.
The material of both these storied bands is dated but there was no question that Beach Boy leader Brian Wilson’s concert at the Minnesota Zoo this summer was more fun than the Eagles’ show Wednesday at Target Center.
As a lead vocalist, Wilson isn’t even the same league with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh (whom were praised in my review). But Wilson was sure having a terrific time at the zoo but at Target Center, Walsh was the only Eagle who seemed to enjoy performing.
As one Walsh fan put it: Frey and Henley seem to be driving Ol’ 55 while Walsh is traveling in the fast lane. Indeed.
Frey, who was introduced as the master of ceremonies, likes to tell jokes – and chide the fans about how they respond to his quips and cracks. At one point, he said: “I’m from Detroit where mother is half a word.” There was modest laughter. “Now that's god damn funny," Frey insisted.
Bernie Leadon, the Minneapolis-born guitarist/banjoist, played the first set but, after intermission, only the second encore.
Like Wilson, the Eagles played a generous set, offering more than two dozen tunes. There was nothing from 2007’s comeback album, “Long Road Out of Eden”; at the Eagles’ last Twin Cities show in 2008, they played nine “Eden” tunes.
Here is what the five Eagles, backed by five additional musicians, performed at Target Center on Wednesday.
Saturday Night (Frey & Henley)/ Train Leaves Here This Morning (Frey, Henley & Bernie Leadon)/ Peaceful Easy Feeling/ Witchy Woman (Joe Walsh joins in)/ full band now for Doolin Dalton/ Tequila Sunrise/ reprise of chorus of Doolin Dalton>verse and chorus of Desperado/ Already Gone/ The Best of My Love/ Lyin’ Eyes/ One of These Nights/ Take It to the Limit
Pretty Maids All in a Row/ I Can’t Tell You Why/ New Kid in Town/ Love Will Keep Us Alive/ Heartache Tonight/ Those Shoes/ In the City/ Life’s Been Good (Walsh solo hit)/ The Long Run/ Funk #49 (Walsh song from his James Gang days)/ Life in the Fast Lane ENCORE 1 Hotel California ENCORE 2 Take It Easy/ Rocky Mountain Way (Walsh solo hit)/ Desperado