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Review: Frey, Walsh performance was thick with nostalgia

Aaron Hedge
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – It was a reunion that had the nearly full VIP and general admission sections of the crowd surging, as Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh took the Jazz Aspen Snowmass stage Saturday night.

Although it was absent the legendary Don Henley, the performance, lively for such a duo of old men, didn’t disappoint most – chatter was thick in the line back to the free busses that the vintage show was perfect from people who were my age when The Eagles were in their prime.

It was everything they had remembered, chock full of nostalgic ballads and a few iconic singles like Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” and “Ordinary Average Guy.”

Walsh and Frey also showcased the less wholesome side of the band: Frey dedicated “Lyin’ Eyes” “to my first wife, Plaintiff,” a routine joke about Janie Beggs with whom he ended up in divorce court in 1986.

It was good show.

But for some reason, as the flood lights flashed on over the concert hill and the rock stars left the stage, my girlfriend Hailey and I felt a little gypped of the experience. I didn’t quite know why, until she looked at me and said: “They didn’t play ‘Hotel California.'”

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The resounding absence hit me.

Of all the songs they could have chosen to exclude from the performance was my all-time Eagles favorite.

Most of my good friends tell me it’s cliche to be so enamored with the romanticized tribute to the American excess culture that topped charts during the band’s heyday in May 1977, but I don’t really care.

One of the things I’ve always wanted to see was The Eagles play that song, and I’m not even a huge music buff.

I suppose, though, that I really can’t complain too much about the affair because I did get to sit in the VIP section for free, courtesy of my employment at The Aspen Times, and all I had to do was spend a piece of my Sunday writing this.

Not such a bad gig.

But had I paid the $450 for the ticket from my pocket, I might have license to actually be upset.

ahedge@aspentimes.com