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Live Review: Eagles @ Co-Op Live, Manchester

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US country-rock legends Eagles brought their Long Goodbye tour to the UK last week. Rather than touring the country, or even pitching up in London, the band decided that a five-night residency at Manchesters impressive new Co-Op Live Arena was in order. Thomas Jackson stopped by on the third of the five night run. 

Deacon Frey and Joe Walsh of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Deacon Frey and Joe Walsh of Eagles onstage in Manchester

The Eagles soared into Manchester Arena on June 4th, 2024, delivering a performance high on both nostalgia and musical prowess. Opening with the hauntingly beautiful Seven Bridges Road, the band immediately set a tone of vocal perfection that resonated throughout the acoustically superb Co-Op Live Arena. Their harmonies, rich and meticulously executed, enveloped the venue, creating an intimate atmosphere in the cavernous space.

Vince Gill of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Vince Gill of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Moving seamlessly into Take It Easy, the Eagles reminded everyone why their music has stood the test of time. The crowd, unsurprisingly on the older side, but with a smattering of younger folk, sang along in unison, a testament to the band's wide-reaching influence. The energy was palpable, a shared euphoria among fans of all ages. 

Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley of Eagles onstage in Manchester

The setlist was a masterclass in rock history, carefully blending iconic hits with deeper cuts that delighted die-hard fans. Desperado was an obvious highlight, with Don Henley's voice carrying a raw, emotional weight that silenced the arena. Joe Walsh brought his signature flair to Life in the Fast Lane and Rocky Mountain Way, his guitar solos electrifying the crowd and solidifying his reputation as one of rock's greats.

Deacon Frey of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Deacon Frey of Eagles onstage in Manchester

Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, stepping into roles previously held by Glenn Frey, proved their worth beyond mere stand-ins. Gill's vocals on Lyin' Eyes were smooth and soulful, while Deacon's rendition of Peaceful Easy Feeling was heartfelt, honoring his father's legacy with grace and authenticity. Their contributions added a fresh dynamic to the band's sound, breathing new life into the classics.

The concert's production was somewhat muted, with a stage design that allowed the music to take centre-stage. The much vaunted AV system in the new arena was hardly pushed, but the quality of the high-definition screens flanking the stage was undeniable, and ensured that every fan, regardless of their seat, felt connected to the performance. The sound, somewhat surprisingly for an arena, was flawless, capturing the nuances of the band’s harmonies and instrumental interplay with crystal clarity.

Eagles onstage in Manchester

Eagles onstage in Manchester

The encore, featuring fan-favourites Hotel California and Heartache Tonight closed out the show. As the final notes faded and the band took their bows, a standing ovation was a foregone conclusion, and a fitting tribute to a night (and a career) of impeccable musicianship and enduring hits.

Words and Photos: Thomas Jackson