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History of the Eagles Tour Kicks off This Weekend
By: Gary Graff

The Eagles
kick off their History of the Eagles tour on Saturday (July 6) in Louisville, celebrating the group's first 40 years that were documented in the new film and DVD of the same name.

The show, which features the return of co-founder Bernie Leadon, is expected to be a chronological affair, focusing on hits and key moments as well as the various members' solo careers. Guitarist Joe Walsh tells us that idea for the show came up while the documentary was in motion:

"It's our 41st year as a band; last year was the 40th anniversary, so based around the documentary and happy birthday to us we're building a whole new stage, lights, sound, visual, set list, gonna revisit a lot of old songs and kind of do a whole tour based on the documentary...It'll be quite an evening. We have big screen projection, of course, and we're gonna show a lot of footage and stuff we've had on the shelf for a long time nobody's ever seen."

The Eagles tour runs through July 25, then picks up again on September 4 with dates currently scheduled into late November. Glenn Frey, another co-founder, says the group hasn't yet started thinking about what it will do beyond that:

"We plan the Eagles a year at a time. We can't be any more forward-looking than that. It keeps you from getting ahead of yourself and putting one foot ahead of the other. We got back together in 1994 and we use the Eagles as the mothership; we go out and do individual stuff, whether acting or environmental work or solo shows, then come back to the Eagles and it's fresh again. So we've been able to strike a pretty good balance between personal life, personal career and Eagles business."

The group's last album, "Long Road Out of Eden," came out in 2007 and won two Grammy Awards.

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