Concert Review – The West Coast Eagles

The local five piece band The West Coast Eagles performed a concert of some of the best known country-rock songs in the rock canon when they played to an appreciative Sunday night audience at Lichfield Guildhall.

They played the country ballads that were the Eagles first hits, and the more corporate rock sound that became more pervasive during the 1970’s and 1980’s, as well as solo songs by the group’s leading song-writers, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Joe Walsh. With the two sets being split into the early ballads, and the bigger hits in the second half, this was a concert for real fans of the band and more casual listeners.

Nailing the bands precise five-part vocal harmonies, arrangements, stage presence and staggering musical pedigree, the audience were in safe hands from the first notes of How Long, or the hits Lyin’ Eyes and Peaceful Easy Feeling. With five singers, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboard, drums, and bass they had a full sound, able to cover many bases, ranging from an encore reading of one of the most famous harmony guitar parts in rock music, in Hotel California, or the rock strains of Life in the Fast Lane, or Don Henley’s emotive ballad of lost love and nostalgia, The Boys of Summer. The group also played well received versions of Glen Frey’s best known song, The Heat is On, with the keyboards replicating the brass parts, and Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way which featured a jazz influenced keyboard solo.

With so many hits and album tracks to choose from, such as the country rockers The Long Run, and Take it Easy, or Get Over It, and Heartache Tonight, or the slower New Kid in Town, or Take it to the Limit this was a good night for live music, and a reminder of why the Eagles remain one of the most popular bands in rock music history.

Words by Ben Macnair     Photography by Dave Jones

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