The Eagles, one of the biggest-selling, easiest-listening but most fraught bands of all time are bringing what could be their final world tour to Australia in February 2015.
The six-time Grammy winners have promised three-hour arena concerts in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They will also play at Hanging Rock in Victoria's Macedon Ranges, Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, and for the first time in nearly 20 years, in New Zealand.
The Eagles have been playing most of their classic-hits FM-radio staples on what is effectively a greatest hits world tour, including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’, Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and Desperado.
They last toured Australia in 2010, playing to more than 130,000 fans over 12 shows.
The band's Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) record has become the equal-highest selling album of all-time in the United States, tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Putting out a greatest hits collection after only four years was criticised at the time, but was later seen as a masterstroke and arguably the work of David Geffen, who signed them to his first label, Asylum Records. He went on to become a giant of the music and film industries.
The Eagles were famously plagued by alleged drug use and in-fighting through the 1970s. Guitarist Bernie Leadon quit in 1975, apparently announcing his departure as he poured a beer over Glenn Frey's head, while Randy Meisner quit citing exhaustion two years later.
The band broke up in 1982 but officially reformed in 1994. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 but trouble struck again in 2001 when lead guitarist Don Felder was sacked in 2001 after disputes over how band profits would be split. Felder later published a tell-all book, Heaven and Hell: My Life In The Eaglesand no longer speaks with chief songwriters Frey or Don Henley.
The Eagles released their seventh studio album in 2007, Long Road Out of Eden, their first in a remarkable 28 years. It topped albums charts around the world and went three times platinum in Australia.
Their album sales put the band in the top-five selling artists of all time in the US, with only The Beatles, Elvis, Garth Brooks and Led Zeppelin ahead of them, according to the RIIA.
The touring lineup will be Frey and Henley, guitarist/keyboard player Joe Walsh and Mesiner's replacement Timothy B. Schmitt on bass. Frey will be 66 when the group tours and the others 67.
In the band's 2013 documentary, History of the Eagles, Henley said the current world tour (which began last June) "could very well be our last".
THE HISTORY OF THE EAGLES TOUR 2015
PERTH – Perth Arena, February 18 (ticketek.com.au)
MELBOURNE – Rod Laver Arena, February 22 (ticketek.com.au)
MACEDON – Hanging Rock, February 28 (ticketmaster.com.au)
SYDNEY – Entertainment Centre, March 2 (ticketek.com.au)
SYDNEY – Allphones Arena, March 4 (ticketek.com.au)
HUNTER VALLEY – Hope Estate, March 7 (ticketmaster.com.au)
BRISBANE – Entertainment Centre, March 10 (ticketek.com.au)
American Express Card members pre-sale, May 27 from 2pm facebook.com/americanexpressaustralia
Frontier members pre-sale, June 4 from 1pm from frontiertouring.com/eagles
General sales begin June 10 from 10am from ticketek.com.au or ticketmaster.com.au