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Live From The Forum MMXVIII 4LP

Live Album And Concert Film Captures Definitive, 26-Song Performance Recorded Live Over Three Nights At The Forum In Los Angeles In September 2018

The Eagles spent most of 2018 on the road with an extensive North American tour that found Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit joined by two new bandmates: Deacon Frey and Vince Gill. Earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the quintet was firing on all cylinders when they arrived at the Forum in Los Angeles for three sold-out, hometown shows on September 12th, 14th, and 15th. Highlights from all three shows have now been compiled for a new 26-song live album and concert film LIVE FROM THE FORUM MMXVIII.

LIVE FROM THE FORUM MMXVIII captures definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits (“Hotel California,” “Take It Easy,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Desperado”) and beloved album tracks (“Ol’ 55,” “Those Shoes”), along with some of the individual members’ biggest solo smashes (Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer,” Vince Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way”).

The band: Guitar, Vocals: Deacon Frey Drums, Vocals: Don Henley Producer: Don Henley Guitar, Vocals: Joe Walsh Piano: John Corey Backing Vocals: John Corey Supervisor: Richard F.W. Davis Drums, Percussion: Scott F Crago Guitar, Mandolin: Steuart Smith Backing Vocals: Steuart Smith Bass, Vocals: Timothy B. Schmit Guitar, Vocals: Vince Gill Keyboards: Will Hollis Backing Vocals: Will Hollis

A brand new Eagles concert film, Live From the Forum MMXVIII, will debut on ESPN on Sunday.

The 26-song collection, complied from three September 2018 shows at the Los Angeles Arena, will be the band’s first official release since the death of co-founding member Glenn Frey, When Glenn Frey passed away in 2016, many wondered about the future of the Eagles. Happily, the band persevered and celebrated Frey’s legacy

in 2016, and mark the recorded debut of new members Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

“Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months,” said Eagles manager Irving Azoff. “The premiere of Live From the Forum MMXVIII, this July 4th weekend on ESPN, is the Eagles’ gift to their fans. We are honoured to be part of ESPN’s Sunday night programming, the home of such acclaimed shows as 30 for 30 and The Last Dance.”

Director Nick Wickham shot the concert utilizing fourteen 4K cameras. Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey, and Vince Gill delivered the goods in a marathon show drawing on every one of their original albums from Eagles (1972) to Long Road Out of Eden (2007) and such indelible hits as “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “Heartache Tonight,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Take it to the Limit.” Album favourites weren’t ignored either, including “Ol’ 55” and “Those Shoes.” Additionally, the concert featured some of the group members’ biggest solo hits including Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” and “Life’s Been Good” (as well as “Funk # 49” and “Walk Away” from his old band The James Gang), and Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”

Vinyl, CD, Blu-ray and DVD versions of the show will be released on October. 16th. They are available for pre-order now at the Eagles‘ official website.

The new Eagles lineup, with Deacon Frey, centre. Picture: George Holz

He liked to sit at the side of stage, watching as his father sang some of the most popular songs in the history of  music. The young onlooker had nothing but love and respect for the way his dad could charm a crowd with his talent while ­harnessing a voice whose purity had the power to make grown men and women weep.

Night after night, this boy watched as Glenn Frey and his bandmates in the Eagles played music that came to be associated with the laid-back, sun-kissed Californian state of mind. When his Dad was singing lead vocals on songs such as Take It Easy and Already Gone, Frey ­invariably closed his eyes to concentrate on hitting the right notes.

Deacon Frey was born in the April 1993, a year before his dad’s band re-formed after a 14-year hiatus. Its absence from the world stage had only made hearts grow fonder, and the period ­following the 1994 live album Hell Freezes Over brought a renewed interest in the timeless qualities of the Eagles’ highly melodic sound, which spanned country ballads and sleek rock ’n’ roll while foregrounding sweet harmonies.

In late 2004, Deacon took a few weeks off school to travel to Australia for the band’s ­Farewell 1 tour, the name a cheeky nod to the fact the farewell was only just getting started.

With his father’s long-time guitar technician Victor Rodriguez, Deacon would sit near the racks of beautiful instruments and watch the show while wearing an earpiece that allowed him to hear exactly what his father was playing and singing. It was the sort of intimate masterclass in musicianship that few have been lucky enough to experience.

Deacon came to regard his father’s fellow musicians — drummer Don Henley, guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit, all of whom alternated lead on the vocals as ­uncles, and the travelling entourage as his ­second ­family. Despite his proximity to the band, he never got sick of listening to the Eagles.

In January 2016, Glenn Frey died at a New York hospital from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, at the age of 67. Both families and bandmates were devastated: the band had recently completed a highly successful two-year world tour following the release of the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, including a run of Australian shows in February and March 2015. The final farewell came too soon; they all thought they had more time.

At a private memorial service for his father held at The Forum in Los Angeles, Deacon ­elected to play Peaceful Easy Feeling, a track from the band’s 1972 debut album. Nothing about the performance was easy, but with help from Schmit and founding guitarist Bernie ­Leadon, Deacon the young man strummed his guitar, closed his eyes and sang the very words he had watched his father sing: “I got a peaceful easy feeling / And I know you won’t let me down / ’Cause I’m already standing / On the ground … ”

Don Henley was impressed by the young man’s composure at the memorial and his determination to do a good job for his father. As far as Henley was concerned, the band had died on the same day as his co-founder; he had said as much in interviews following a performance of Take It Easy at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Yet Deacon’s calm, assured performance on one of the most emotionally challenging days of his 23 years on earth lit a slow-burning fuse in the great songwriter’s mind.

Up ahead in the distance, he saw a shimmering light: America’s greatest rock band returning to the stage to continue its four-decade tradition of playing some of the most popular songs in the history of recorded music.

In March 2017, the band members met Deacon at his father’s studio in west Los Angeles with the idea of playing and singing ­together. More than a year had passed since the memorial, and all involved were interested to see whether the idea would work, and if they would each feel comfortable with pressing on together.

The Eagles camp had also put out feelers to another musician named Vince Gill.

Born in Oklahoma in 1957, Gill is an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has won 21 Grammy awards, more than any male country music artist. Renowned for his clear voice and guitar abilities, he was also a long-time friend and regular golfing buddy of the band’s departed co-­founder. Gill is about a decade younger than Henley, Walsh and Schmit, and when he was starting out as a songwriter and musician, he ­regarded the Eagles as the beacon to follow.

At their first rehearsal together, Gill walked up to Deacon, put his arm around the young man and asked a question: Are you as scared as I am? Deacon laughed and said he was, whereupon Gill made a deal: I’ve got your back if you’ve got mine. From that moment on, the two newest ­Eagles members have been firm friends and have helped each other to navigate the inner workings of a hard-toiling band that consistently strives for the melodic and harmonic perfection of its original recordings.

All Gill recalls of the minutes leading up to his first concert with the band is white noise. The venue was a packed Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, where the Eagles headlined a two-day festival last July called The Classic West, alongside Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Steely Dan.

About 56,000 people were waiting to see how the new guys would treat those great old songs. Gill could sense the crowd’s uncertainty, and he didn’t blame them for their ­apprehension. One song in, though, he felt the tension ­dissolve as both fans and musicians ­realised that the new line-up was a perfect fit.

Gill describes Deacon as a good kid and a pretty heady character. He always hits the mark and never lets the band down; in other words, he’s an ideal companion in an industry where reliability can be in short supply. For Deacon, though, the preparation ahead of that first show was a little different, as he didn’t have the decades of onstage experience Gill could draw on.

In conversation, the elder Eagles speak of the young man with the utmost respect. During a band interview, Deacon tends to let his second family do most of the talking, but he’s thoughtful and expansive when asked ­directly. His first family, too, has been nothing but supportive of his decision to join the band. His sister, Taylor, is working as his road manager: Ahead of the Dodger Stadium show, Walsh warned Deacon that as soon as he walked on stage, he’d be hit with piercing floodlights. Don’t look at them, said Walsh, and try not to look at the audience either: instead, try to be ­inside the songs, without feeling as if everybody in the crowd is holding a clipboard and judging him. After all, just about everyone is either staring at the big screens or looking at their phone.

Henley’s advice was a little more vulgar: you have to give a shit without really giving too much of a shit. The real work of live performance is a strange and somewhat unnatural ­combination of the need to be present without being too self-conscious. But, Henley assured Deacon, if he focused his attention on the songs, everything else would take care of itself.

In the moments before he made his public debut as an Eagles member, Deacon recalls the small voice of a lifelong sports fan whispering in his ear: he was about to perform at Dodger ­Stadium, one of the country’s greatest baseball parks. How cool is that? Like his bandmates, Schmit was impressed by the calm presence of the young man, at least on the surface. It reflected the reverence with which he had approached the task of studying, rehearsing and preparing for that first show.

Having composed himself for the four minutes required to perform a song at his father’s memorial the year before, Deacon had proved he could handle challenging situations. “It was a combination of excitement and fear, which I think is totally fine, and healthy — and honestly, it helps,” he recalls of his Dodger Stadium debut, smiling. “There’d be something wrong if I wasn’t nervous.”

On a mild Saturday afternoon last month, the Eagles are preparing to play their last concert of a six-show run in their home state of California. Once night falls at a baseball stadium surrounded by skyscrapers in central San Diego, the five musicians stand in line at the front of stage and open with the sweet vocal harmonies of Seven Bridges Road, before Walsh ­introduces Deacon to sing Take It Easy. From that moment on, the crowd is wholly on his side as the young guitarist alternates between backing vocals and taking the lead. Henley, Walsh and Gill each take lead vocals for a track or three from their respective solo ­careers, but most of the 26-song set is ­composed of exactly what the audience expects to hear: the very best moments from the seven ­Eagles studio albums.

The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey – are bringing their critically acclaimed tour to Europe in 2019 and will perform classics spanning their career, including “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado,” and many more. The tour begins on Sunday 26 May at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, and includes concerts in Cologne, Munich, Amsterdam, Zurich, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London (with Special Guest Sheryl Crow), Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, and Dublin.