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I am super fortunate to go to a ton of live shows. This fall, I was lucky enough to have seen my two favorite shows of the year back to back!
What two bands absolutely slayed me? A perfect WDHA combo of new and classic....In the "New" column.......THE WINERY DOGS! Starland Ballroom our Haunted Low Dough Show- 10/29. This band is amazing!! The musicianship, songs, energy of live performance and sheer chemistry blew my doors off! The rhythmic synergy of Sheehan and Portnoy is mind boggling, and Richie Kotzen awed the crowd with his soulful vocals and virtuosic guitar playing. Kotzen is finally getting the props he has long deserved as one of rock's most talented players. The Dogs won't cycle back with a tour until March of 2014, and I can't stress enough that you MUST see these guys!
On the "Classic side......THE EAGLES!! MSG, November 9th. A magical night. The History of The Eagles Tour played MSG for three nights, and expectations with these guys are always high. My fourth time seeing them, holy canoli. What other band could begin their three hour musical journey by opening the show in NYC to a sold out crowd with only two members sitting on stools and taking it scaled down style with the song "Saturday Night" from Desperado? Founding member Bernie Leadon joined Frey and Henley early on, with the rest of the members coming out one by one. The amazing catalog spanning forty years, astounding harmonies and funny, poignant commentary by the evening's MC, Glen Frey was truly like driving through time. For me the evening was impacted greatly by two words. JOE WALSH! Being a huge fan of Joe and his Les Paul, seeing the crowd responding to Mr. "Howya Doin"?! was electric. Joe is the magic man. His masterful voicebox on "Those Shoes", emotions on "Pretty Maids All In a Row", fun solo genius on "Life's Been Good", roof raising energy on "Rocky Mountain Way", (with Bernie) and surprise attack on Funk 49 from his James Gang days made it a dream for the Joe fan like me. Three hours flew by as if it were thirty minutes and no one left early. The four encores included "Hotel California", "Take It Easy", "Rocky Mountain Way" and the show closed with sole Henley singing "Desperado" as only Don can, his voice completely unblemished and perfect.
At some point a friend of mine sitting next to me asked me, "What band do you think 40 years from now will have the impact that these guys have had?" I had no answer....The Eagles are iconic. Plain and simple. How did I feel when I left? Grateful....very grateful...
See you tomorrow at 10!
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