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On the Scene: The Eagles bring their greatest hits to renovated L.A. Forum

When Joe Walsh performed his solo hit “Life’s Been Good” during the Eagles’ first show back at the L.A. Forum in more than three decades on Wednesday night, he made a small but significant change to the lyrics that perfectly summed up the band’s enduring appeal: “Everybody’s so different, we haven’t changed.”

And aside from having a few more years under their belts, he’s right. The band — which formed in 1971, broke up in 1980, and reunited in blockbuster fashion in 1994 — is in top form, still nailing their signature rich harmonies and wailing guitar solos. But before bringing out the big guns the show started small, with only founding members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon sitting on stools with their guitars and telling stories about the early days.

Following the nostalgic acoustic set, Frey asked the crowd, “Do you like California country?” The trio was then joined by a backing band — including Timothy B. Schmit, who started playing with the Eagles in 1977 during the Hotel California Tour — for “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (check out the appropriate SoCal sunset that backed the band in the photo above). But there was still one missing piece: Walsh, who took over for Leadon in 1975, was needed for the haunting guitar strains of “Witchy Woman.”

From there, it was basically like hearing The Eagles Greatest Hits live, starting with “Tequila Sunrise,” “Already Gone,” “Best of My Love,” and “One of These Nights,” and going into intermission with “Take It to the Limit,” on which Frey took over lead vocals for original guitarist Randy Meisner. It was hard to keep track of all the band members throughout the night, considering they constantly swap lead vocal duties, plus Frey switches between guitar and keyboard, and Henley frequently pulls double-duty, singing from behind the drum kit. The band has no true frontman, so their show feels like a team effort.
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Welcome to the World's Largest Vinyl: Record-breaking Eagles record now spinning on top of L.A.'s Forum -- VIDEO

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For the reopening of the famed Los Angeles venue the Forum, marketing and promotion company Pop2Life is taking things to a whole new level — the roof to be exact. The Forum will reopen with a six-concert residency from the Eagles and to celebrate, they’ve created a recreation of the 1977 platinum album “Hotel California” spinning on top of the venue’s roof. The record is made of real vinyl and can be seen from planes above. — you can check (it) out any time you like.

So, just how big is it?
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Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker and Davin Wood talk about their 'ridiculous' debut CD

Starting from Nowhere is the debut CD from Heidecker & Wood, a duo comprising Tim Heidecker, who stars on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and that crazy comedy series’ composer, Davin Wood. Given the pair’s pedigree you might expect the album, which is out March 15, to be funny. And it is, in part. But while the tracks’ lyrics are often ludicrous—album opener “Cross Country Skiing,” for example, is an unabashed celebration of the titular winter sport—the music pays very serious homage to the soft-rock ‘70s stylings of such acts as Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

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What is the greatest guitar riff of all-time?

Keith-Richards-1964Image Credit: Peter Francis/Retna Ltd.Spinner has posted an agreeably catholic-minded list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll. True, most of the usual suspects are present, from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos to that scourge of guitar store employees, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” However, the list also finds space for a slew of great but less obviously riff-tastic tracks, including The Smiths’ “This Charming Man,” The Meters’ “Look-ka Py Py,” and Chic’s “Le Freak.”

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Dixie Chicks end breakup speculation with a big summer tour

The Dixie Chicks will return to the stage for the first time in four years this summer, sharing a North American stadium tour with the Eagles and Keith Urban. Eight dates have been released, beginning with a June 8 stop in Toronto (which Urban will miss). Some fans had been concerned we’d heard the last of the Chicks when sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison formed a side project, Court Yard Hounds, while waiting for lead singer Natalie Maines to be ready to hit the road again. (Court Yard Hounds, which releases its first album May 4, will play at least three dates on this summer’s Lilith Fair, after making its debut Thursday at SXSW.) But Maguire and Robison had been adamant that the Chicks would continue.

Are you happy they’re back? The shared bill feels like the right way to go, particularly with a group whose fans are as loyal as the Eagles’ and a current chart-topper who’s as popular live as Urban: It keeps them in stadiums, where the Chicks, who won five Grammys for their 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, belong.

If watching the video for “Not Ready to Make Nice” still gives you chills, the answer is yes.

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