By Melinda Newman
The concerts herald the first time the iconic band has played the legendary 1976 album from start to finish. Hotel California is the third best-selling album in U.S. history, having sold more than 26 million copies. Ranked No. 37 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the album spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and sold more than one million copies its first week of release. It includes three hits, “New Kid in Town,” which reached No. 1, “Life in The Fast Lane,” which peaked at No. 11 and the chart-topping mysterious six-minute title track, one of the most renowned songs in rock and roll history.
“The song has created its own mythology,” Eagles drummer and singer Don Henley told 60 Minutes Australia in 2015 of the enigmatic “Hotel California.” “There’s the myth about where the song was written in Mexico, a place to which none of us have ever been. The song is simply about the journey from innocence to experience. On the whole, that’s what it’s about…It means different things to different people.”
Henley, who wrote the song with Glenn Frey and Don Felder, will be joined by bandmates Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Frey’s son Deacon. In addition to Hotel California, the Eagles will play a greatest-hits set at all shows.
The band’s stunning harmonies, stellar musicianship and unparalleled song craft have propelled it to sales of more than 150 million albums worldwide and six GRAMMY Awards, including Record of the Year for the title track and Best Arrangement for Voices for “New Kid in Town.” They are the 4th best-selling act of all-time in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America, behind The Beatles, Garth Brooks and Elvis Presley.
After forming in 1971, the architects of the “California rock” sound quickly became mainstays on the pop charts with such hits as “Take It Easy,” “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights” and “Take it To the Limit.”
Infighting led the band to break up in 1980, following the release of 1979’s The Long Run. Seemingly destined to never reunite, the Eagles members finally put their differences aside for 1994’s Hell Freezes Over album and tour. At their first live performance in April 1994, Frey joked, “For the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14-year vacation.”
Since then, the band has toured consistently, selling out shows around the world. Though it appeared the Eagles had come to an end following Glenn Frey’s death in 2016, after playing a pair of shows in 2017, the group – with Deacon Frey and Gill aboard – began touring again in March 2018, much to the delight of their millions of fans around the world. For tickets and more information, visit mgmresorts.com.