Beautiful harmonies were the theme of the night as the Eagles fly into Chicago, joined by JD & The Straight Shot.

Taking to the stage earlier than the ticketed start time, those who arrived early at the United Center got to catch JD & The Straight Shot. The band were in Chicago last summer opening for Don Henley and have also opened for the likes of Joe Walsh and Keith Urban. They can also be seen opening for Chicago and the Doobie Brothers over the coming months.

The Americana roots band are touring in support of their current album, Good Night and Good Luck, which has a cover of the Eagles’ “It’s Your World Now”, in tribute to Glenn Frey. 

Vocalist and guitarist Jim Dolan is joined on stage by a talented array of musicians who have performed with an impressive roster of artists – guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart), drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band), and guitarist Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney).

Once the United Center was nicely filled for its sold-out show, the Eagles take to the stage for the second night of their 53-date 2018 tour. This is the first extensive tour since the passing of Glenn Frey, a tour which many thought would never happen. Luckily, Glenn’s son, Deacon, and country legend, Vince Gill have stepped into the breach. After being together for an impressive 45 years plus, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers proved there’s still plenty life in them. Despite Timothy B. Schmit hurting himself and being worried that he wouldn’t make it for the night’s performance, he remained seated throughout the show with his foot up. There was nothing going to stop this show from happening. 

For two and a half hours, the Chicago crowd were entertained with the harmonic voices and guitars as they performed an impressive 27-song set including songs from throughout their lengthy career, as well as including some from Joe Walsh and Vince Gill’s solo catalogs. Alternating between lead vocalist, Don Henley also alternated between drums and guitar when taking the lead. Keeping the “family business” going, Henley’s son also joined the band on stage to assist with guitar duties. 

This must have been an emotional time for the band, not least for Deacon, as they performed without Glenn Frey. However, he was never far away from everyone’s thoughts. Following on from “Peaceful Easy Feeling” with Deacon at the helm, the stage lights lowered as a photo of Glenn projected on the large screen behind, which lead to a standing ovation from the audience in honor of the late member, a very touching moment.

The night was rounded out with an encore including their mammoth hits “Hotel California” and “Desperado” marking the perfect end to such an extensive set. 

For those who were unable to make it to this show, don’t despair, as they will be back at the United Center once again in October. 

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Event Date: 14-MAR-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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