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Review: The Eagles, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Stuart Morrison's verdict: four stars

This was billed as 'History of the Eagles' and it did, pretty much, what it said on the tin.

Following an announcement from the band that we should all switch off all electronic devices, especially if they could take photographs, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Timothy B. Schmit, opened with an acoustic set in front of the curtain, featuring early songs such as Whatever Happened to Saturday Night.

Now, it's fair to say that the Hydro is not the place for acoustic sets, the sound wafting off into the rafters, as it did. However, Peaceful Easy Feeling and, especially, Witchy Woman, both overcame the acoustic, the latter benefitting from Joe Walsh's arrival on stage. Things improved when the curtain went up and they started making some noise.

The history angle was underlined by occasional video clips of Frey or Henley explaining the origins of particular songs, but Glen Frey, in particular, was the master of ceremonies, with some nice introductions.

'I'd like to dedicate this next song to my first wife..so this is for Plaintiff', he said, before launching into Lyin' Eyes.

The first part of this 27-song set was littered with hits: Already Gone, Best of My Love and One of Those Nights with a truly exceptional reading of Take it to the Limit bringing part one to a close.

Part two was patchy, with some lighter numbers appearing to pad out a set list that really didn't need padding out. We did get Joe Walsh's hit, Life's Been Good, which was almost worth the admission alone, before Life in the Fast Lane and Hotel California brought the thing to a truly triumphant conclusion.

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