The Eagles to play Dunedin

Don Henley (left), Deacon Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles performing in California last month....
Don Henley (left), Deacon Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles performing in California last month. Photo: Getty Images

The Eagles will be winging their way to Dunedin next year for a concert which promoters say will be the biggest of their Australasian tour.

Frontier Touring has confirmed the band with two of the three top-selling albums of all time in the United States to its name will perform their only South Island show at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 2.

A crowd of more than 30,000 is expected for the Eagles, who will be supported by as-yet unnamed guest performers.

The band is led by founding member and frontman Don Henley, now aged 71, alongside fellow veterans Joe Walsh (70) and Timothy B. Schmit (70).

Joining them in the rejigged line-up will be new members Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, the 25-year-old son of founding member Glenn Frey, who died in 2016.

Since 1971, the band has won six Grammy music awards, sold more than 150 million records and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while recording a string of studio albums - Eagles, Desperado, On The Border, One Of These Nights, Hotel California, The Long Run and Long Road Out Of Eden.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-75, is now the top-selling album of all time in the United States, followed by Hotel California in third place.

The latest incarnation of the band has been performing since last year and touring the United States this year.

Their performances at Auckland's Spark Arena on February 26, followed by Dunedin's show on March 2, would be the first outside the United States by the rejigged line-up.

Promoter Michael Gudinski, of Frontier Touring, said he had watched the band perform on their US tour, and Dunedin fans could expect a ''very special show''.

''The combination has just continued the tradition of the Eagles.

''It's not a show full of gimmicks. It's all about the sound, the songs and the musicianship.

''The sound is better than ever. You could hear a pin drop. The harmonies, the brass, the vocals, the set list ... they're just singing perfectly.''

The Australasian tour would also include four concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, after the New Zealand leg, but the concert in Dunedin would be the only one featuring guest performers, he said.

''It's an evening with the Eagles everywhere else. Fortunately, because you've got a roof and we know people travel a lot in the South Island, we made sure it's a Saturday and we're going to make it the special show of the tour.''

The announcement meant the Eagles would become the latest in a string of major concerts to be staged at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

They would follow in the footsteps of superstars including Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Roger Waters, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and Kendrick Lamar.

Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said securing the Eagles was a major coup for the city.

''We know that there will be demand there. It's a global brand, the Eagles ... We'd be disappointed if we didn't get full capacity.

''It warrants it, it deserves it, and knowing the audience here, I think it's got every chance.''

But the success also showed how far the stadium had come, he said.

In 2015, soon after Mr Davies joined Dunedin Venues, the Eagles had opted to perform in Auckland rather than Dunedin.

''They wouldn't even look at Dunedin. It was one that people rang up and said 'gosh - a pity we couldn't have got it here'.

''We've come a long way since then.''

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

Comments

Unbelievable. I just went to book a room for March 2. THE WHOLE CITY IS BOOKED OUT!.

 

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