Ultimate Eagles back once again at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
The next best thing to the Eagles' returned to this highly appreciative venue for a fourth time.
Featuring a stunning lineup of six highly accomplished musicians – four of whom play a myriad of different instruments – the band played a packed Corn Exchange on Thursday, September 20.
With their logo proudly displayed on the screen behind, the group kicked off the first half at 7.30pm with the gorgeous Seven Bridges Road. This was followed by the glorious Peaceful Easy Feeling – note-perfect and with divine harmonies.
As lead singer/guitarist Danny Vaughn explained, it’s very difficult to choose from the Eagles’ vast back catalogue – a catalogue arguably almost unsurpassed in pop music history – when it comes to drawing up the setlist.
Some songs the band hadn’t played for a while – including The Last Resort, which Vaughn said was the most requested song for them to bring back on social media – were included, as were a few tracks from the Eagles’ most recent studio album, 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden.
These included the lovely No More Cloudy Days, which saw poignant images of the late Glenn Frey projected behind, and the record’s lead-off single, How Long, which came in the second half.
Other songs in the first half included Tequila Sunrise, Witchy Woman and Doolin-Dalton, and I particularly loved it when the pedal steel guitar was heard on a couple of tracks – most notably on the superb Tom Waits cover, Ol’ ‘55, which the Eagles put on their 1974 album, On the Border.
The hits and the still-brilliant less familiar tunes kept on coming after the interval. Life in the Fast Lane, New Kid in Town and Joe Walsh’s Life’s Been Good were all highlights, and it was nice to hear Get Over It, the rock-y opening number off 1994’s Hell Freezes Over.
Saving the best-known Eagles song to the end of the main set, Vaughn said of Hotel California that it was probably the best song in the history of pop music – he may have a point.
Englishman Mike Lawrence, who played guitar, piano and saxophone, revealed that an Australian radio station had called the Ultimate Eagles “the next best thing to seeing the Eagles live” and judging on this extremely polished showing, I would say they’re definitely right on that.