Lawsuits, firings, departures and death. Hell freezing over. All have happened, yet the Eagles — slated to perform 8 p.m. July 14 in KeyBank Center — keep rolling on. Here's a quick look at where the band has been and what to expect at the show.
You know the Eagles from: Its initial beginnings as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band; the 1970s supergroup of hits like “Take it Easy” and “Hotel California”; and “Their Greatest Hits” album, which was once a seemingly mandatory inclusion in any Columbia House shipment to the suburbs.
Noted lineup: Some would choose its original four-piece lineup, with founding member Bernie Leadon. Others would take the “Hotel California” quintet, with Don Felder (guitar), Glen Frey (guitar, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Randy Meisner (bass) and the incendiary Joe Walsh (guitar, vocals).
Current tour’s lineup: After the departure of Meisner (1977), high-profile firing of Felder (2001) and death of Frey (2016), the lineup features Henley, Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit (who joined the band after "Hotel California"), joined by country star Vince Gill (guitar, vocals) and Frey’s son, Deacon (guitar, vocals).
All in the family: When founding member and face of the band Frey passed from post-surgery complications in 2016, it looked like the easy-going outfit’s rocky ride would finally end. But by following the nepotism utilized by its contemporaries (see: the E Street Band, Van Halen and others), the Eagles signed Frey’s son to take his father’s place on guitar and vocals — and for good measure, added Henley’s son, Will, to its touring fleet of noodling ax men. But who takes the lead on an impromptu (and unlikely) take on 1979 single, “The Disco Strangler”? Decisions, decisions.
What to expect: Do you like the band? Do you have memories attached to Henley’s flinty vocals and afro behind the drum kit, Frey’s impassioned warnings on “Heartache Tonight” or the act’s unlikely 1990s reunion? Do you want to dust off your Zippo and ready your tears for an encore edition of “Desperado”? And finally, are you the antithesis of Jeff Bridges’ Jeffrey Lebowski and, in fact, love the Eagles and its entire canon of classic rock/AC radio hits? If so, then you should get what you paid for when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bring its catalog to KeyBank Center.
Tickets: $96-$396, available at tickets.com.