BY AMANDA ASH, EDMONTON JOURNAL
EDMONTON – If there was any animosity remaining between Eagles members Monday night at Rexall Place, it was hidden beneath friendly jokes and campfire stories about the good ol’ days.
Perhaps a handsome dollar figure attached to their North American tour made it easier to take the stage together again, but for some artists, even a billion bucks wouldn’t be enough to rub shoulders with band mates boasting previous bad blood.
The Eagles, the classic California rockers heralded as some of greatest songwriters and bestselling musicians of all time, are one of those groups that seemed to have relinquished all hard feelings to reignite their musical magic.
It’s not to say any lingering sourness still exists. But despite former legal issues, touchy tempers and trivial skirmishes, any betrayals stayed buried during the Eagles’ three-hour set. The only relic of the past to make an appearance was a golden sense of nostalgia that comes with playing hits that now form the fabric of wedding soundtracks and summer road trips.
Like Aerosmith’s tour a couple years back (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry put aside their rocky relationship) and Fleetwood Mac’s recent stop in town (ex-lovers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham have now found friendship), the Eagles show was history in the making. Original member Randy Meisner hasn’t been with the band since 1977, but old founders Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon were all there, as well as Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh. Even though Meisner’s absence was felt, the show was still something to cherish.