Eagles turn Centennial Garden into the Hotel California

Roger Hornback
August 20, 2003
Filed under News

Like a flashback to the 70’s a band of desperados known as the Eagles made a stop in Bakersfield Wednesday during their Farewell 1 tour and left the Centennial Garden crowd with a peaceful easy feeling.

The band took the stage and kicked off the show with “The Long Run,” the title track from their platinum album released in 1979.

Throughout the three hour show the band went through hit after hit from their chart topping albums which included songs like “The Boys Of Summer,” “Take It To The Limit” and “One Of These Nights.”

A 20 minuet break in the middle of the concert gave the band members a chance to rest up before they came back out and went into more chart topping songs.

The crowd, which consisted of mostly people in their 40’s, also had a number of younger fans that knew the words and sang along to songs that were released before they were born.

The encore consisted of five of their most popular songs, “Hotel California,” Rocky Mountain Way,” “All She Wants To Do Is Dance,” “Take It Easy” and the title track from their 1973 release “Desperado.”

When tickets went on sale June 14th it was only a matter of minuets till the show was sold out, making it the fastest concert sellout since the Garden opened in 1998. The concert grossed an estimated $930,000.00.

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