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The Eagles' 1980 concert at the Forum

The Eagles’ 1980 concert at the Forum

March 1, 1980: The Eagles in concert at the Forum. From left are Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Don Felder.

Pop music critic Robert Hilburn reported in the March 3, 1980, Los Angeles Times:

The Eagles, whose songs often warn of corrupting influences, resisted a temptation of their own Saturday night in the band’s first local appearance in more that three years.

Many rock groups returning home afar a long absence would have brought along a truckload of special effects to make sure everyone realized it was an event. Fireworks, dancing girls and balloons aren’t unknown at such occasions.

But the Los Angeles-based Eagles had the confidence and taste at the Inglewood Forum to rely on something more basic: its music.

That’s not to say the quintet ignored the home-town angle. The band used murals for the first time on the tour to illustrate a few songs and singer-guitarist Glenn Frey playfully changed the lyric of “Take it Easy” from its traditional “Winslow, Ariz.” to a more fitting Southern California.

The evening was brightened when an admirer joined the group on piano for a Chuck Berry number during the encore: Elton John.

Still, the heart of the concert was the music that made the Eagles the biggest-selling American rock act of the 1970s.

That repertoire, probably the most distinguished of any active U.S. group, ranges from such stylish ballads as “The Best of My Love” to rowdy celebrations like “Heartache Tonight” to the insightful social observation of “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”…

Two different photos by staff photographer Gary Friedman accompanied Hilburn’s story.

The Eagles will be in concert at the Forum for six shows starting Jan. 15.

March 1, 1980: The Eagles’ Joe Walsh in concert at the Forum. Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times

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