Don Henley Brings "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" to Hard Rock Live

By Brian Doughty - Producer

Courtesy: Ralph Notaro/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Eagles fans packed the Hard Rock Live on Wednesday night to hear one of the co-founders of the band perform.

Don Henley brought plenty of musicians to help him play 40 years' worth of hits, from the early days of the Eagles to his outstanding solo career!

The concert opened with JD & The Straight Shot.  The band is fronted by singer and guitarist James Dolan and the group combined for some heavenly harmonies on their Southwestern flavored songs.

Several of the band's songs have been featured in movies, as Dolan happily told the enthusiastic crowd.  Highlights from their opening set included "Perdition", "Better Find A Church" and "Ballyhoo!" from their latest album, "Ballyhoo!"

Then it was time for the man everyone came to see!   The stage was decorated with dozens of vintage radios hanging down from the rafters.   When the spotlight would shine on one, it would play a snippet of a classic country or rock song from years past; perhaps highlighting the many musical influences Don Henley heard growing up in Cass County, Texas.

Henley and his touring band came out onstage to a half-circle of microphones and kicked off the show with the Eagles live acapella staple "7 Bridges Road"!

That set the tone for the rest of the night.  Henley told the audience they would get to hear all of their favorites over the next 2 hours and the band did not disappoint!  

Henley mixed Eagles classics and his own inescapable hits from his solo career for a rocking concert!  And he had plenty to say in between songs; regaling fans with stories from his life as a rock star and how each song came into being.

Here is the setlist from the show:

1.  7 Bridges Road

2.  Dirty Laundry

3.  That Old Flame

4.  Sunset Grill

5.  Witchy Woman

6.  When I Stop Dreaming (Louvin Brothers cover)

7.  One of These Nights

8.  New York Minute

9.  Shangri-La

10. It Don't Matter to the Sun (Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines cover)

11. The End of The Innocence

12. The Last Resort

13. The Heart of the Matter

14. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears cover)

15. The Boys of Summer

Encore:  16. Life in the Fast Lane

17. Hotel California

2nd Encore: 18. Wasted Time

19. Desperado

The vocal harmonies were pitch perfect all night long!  Fans were dancing in the aisles towards the end of the show; with ushers trying their best to get everyone back in their seats.  Both groups put on a tremendous show! It was a great night of great music by some very talented musicians!

 

 

 

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