THE EAGLES

Millennium Tour 2000
Mandalay Bay
Event Center
Las Vegas, NV
December 28, 1999

          The Eagles flew out of their respective nests around the country and headed towards the bright lights of Las Vegas to kick off the shortest tour in rock and roll history for the momentous celebration of the world's passing from this millennium into the next. It will always be known as The Eagles Millennium Tour 2000, just three spectacular concert events held in two huge sin cities. Three wondrous evenings filled with the gloriously rocking, yet defiantly gracious and beautiful sounds of the great band we all know as The Eagles. Jackson Browne is opening all of the shows for this tour. The festivities began on Tuesday in Las Vegas and will continue through to a grand finale at Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve.

                     The Mandalay Bay Event Center is an incredible concert facility that is attached to a beautiful five star hotel resort casino. The rooms are all absolutely fabulous, each with marble tiled bathrooms that have huge bathtubs right next to these oversized clear glass shower stalls--well, I'll leave the rest up to your imagination, but don't forget to bring a lover or a friend. The resort also boasts a man-made (seasonal) beach complete with adjustable waves. I suggest getting a room for the night if you ever plan to attend a concert at the Mandalay Bay Event Center, as I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised and the room rates are extremely low for a hotel of this caliber. The concert facility is only about a year old and is sure to host many fantastic musical events in the years to come, so don't miss your favorite band when they come to the Mandalay Bay. The venue is relatively small and well set up for concerts, so most of the seats have a great view of the stage. I also felt that the acoustics of the building provided for good sound and this even prevailed behind the stage. This is probably also credited to the competent sound technicians working for The Eagles, all hail to the sound man. Anyway, in a crazy town with a lot of options this is definitely a bitchin' place to catch a show.

                     The Eagle's Millennium Tour 2000 opened with, of course, the world renowned and classic tune that this expectant crowd was certainly programmed to receive, "Hotel California." Being a resident of California, I couldn't help myself from wishing that I was in California for my first time to see The Eagles and hear this song live. There are no words that can describe the feelings and thoughts that cascaded through my mind as I listened to this song that I have heard so many times throughout the different stages of my life. Countless memories of times and places floated by in an instant, there was one constant to these memories-- they were all fond and happy. I was completely overwhelmed as The Eagles jammed their most famous tune, and a vivid iridescent joy unfolded from my being. This feeling released a smile as big as the sun that could be seen slowly curling its way toward the heavens with the sounds of each passing note. Hearing this song done live by the performers who wrote it was certainly more than an experience for me, in fact, it was in some ways a revelation. Behold the omnipotent power of music, revel in its wonder, bask in its decadence, and dance your way through the concert halls of time; for this surely will be more fun than walking. Are you with me, folks?

                         The fun had obviously just began, continuing on with a song that anyone who has ever had a broken heart can relate to, "Victim Of Love." With it being such as I had just flew into town myself, I was feeling much like the "New Kid In Town," as The Eagles must have also been feeling because this was next song on their set list. One thing I was sure of on the way to this gig was that this was not going to be "Wasted Time," which Don Henley did a beautiful job on the lead vocals for. This was followed by a snappy little number, "Pretty Maids All In A Row," and as I looked around the audience I could see there they were, all lined up in their seats around the venue to catch a breathtaking glimpse and hear the cries of The Eagles.  Next, we all were overcome by a "Peaceful Easy Feeling," and "I Can't Tell You Why." Then came a real treat, I'm not sure of the name of the song, but my best guess would be that it is called, "Please Come Home for Christmas." Don Henley came out from behind his drum kit to sing on this one and also for the next tune, "Survival In The City." You wouldn't think there would be enough time in one concert performance to play all of The Eagles greatest hits, but the hits just kept on coming--- the first set was ended with a phenomenal "Lyin' Eyes," that I knew I would get to hear  on "One Of These Nights." Both of these last two numbers of the set are sure to be highly rated on any Eagles fan's favorite song list.

             I truly thought that the second set was going to start out completely out of control with one of their more rockin' tunes, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The second set kicked off sweet,  mellow, melodic, and right on key as all five of The Eagles grabbed an acoustic guitar and stepped up to a microphone lining up the front of the stage for a moving, "Seven Bridges Road." They all held the stage and their acoustic guitars for one more slow song, "Love Will Keep Us Alive," before Don Henley stepped back behind his drum kit for, "Heart Of The Matter." After that Timothy Schmit set down his bass guitar and played an electric guitar for, "Ol 55." Then Don Henley came back out front again to take the lead vocals on "Best Of My Love." Henley then grabbed an acoustic guitar and Glenn Frey took the lead vocals along with the crowd for "Take It To The Limit." Everybody was dancing in "Those Shoes" and here in the dead of winter you could see "Boys Of Summer." Joe Walsh decided it was about time for him to strut his stuff and kicked down a little guitar solo right into "Funk #49," followed by a Henley solo tune "Dirty Laundry." Glenn then took the lead for one of his solo accomplishments with "The Heat Is On." Next, the spotlight went full circle back to the blessed hands and patented voice of the efficacious Joe Walsh who seems to have the opinion that "Life's Been Good," a song that I'm sure the whole audience had been hoping and waiting to hear. With a band as tremendous as this on stage you are likely to find when you are looking for attention that "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and you should probably just let her or there is gonna be a "Heartache Tonight," and do your best to slow her down easy, or you'll be bound to lose your mind living "Life In The Fast Lane." That's how they played it out folks, those last three songs finished out the second set.
 

                 I believe that the whole crowd was feeling pretty satisfied with the evening's performance at this point in time, but I'm also sure that everyone of us there still had at least one song of The Eagle's roaming around in our heads that we wanted to hear them play before they exited stage left. They did come back for an encore, but it was a little different than what people expected. Any serious and knowledgeable fan of The Eagles was expectantly waiting for Jackson Browne to take his place beside Glenn Frey and wail out the classic tune that Jackson and Glenn co-wrote in the early seventies. If you still don't know which song that is, then take it easy fellers and fillies it's the first song on the first Eagles album. I wouldn't leave you hanging out in the dark, now would I? Of course not. Listen up folks, the encore was "Funky New Year," a short and funky little number and Don Henley beat on the Happy New Year Drum at center stage. Joe Walsh made the next move and show us all how do do it the "Rocky Mountain Way," and then they were gone again--exit stage left. From my particular vantage point I could see the stage very well, but hey, I could see the backstage area too---very cool, specifically because I had been watching Jackson Browne sitting on an equipment crate backstage for pretty much the entire show. He was looking tired towards the end of the evening and I had figured that he must be sticking around to play with The Eagles. They took the stage again for a second encore and we were all sure we were still in for that treat, but Jackson didn't come out with them. One thing was for sure though, the night was going to be a long one in "The Long Run."

                 Two of my personal favorite songs done by  The Eagles were next, and anybody who left early and was "Already Gone" missed out on the best part of the show in my opinion. It was late and the crowd was getting tired, but if you really loved The Eagles then you stuck it out like a "Desperado" and danced right up until the last note before heading for the hills to "Take It Easy." The Eagles had loosened their load for the evening and decided to save their surprise for one of the next two shows, so Jackson didn't come out to play the last number with them. I couldn't be disappointed after an awesome concert like this, and so I wasn't, but I did wish I was going to be there when Jackson does come out to play with them. So don't miss it folks, catch Jackson Browne and The Eagles on Millennium Tour 2000. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.

                            NICK RUNNING


Photo by Nick Running                                            © 1999-2000 All Rights Reserved


Photo by Nick Running           © 1999-2000 All Rights Reserved


 
 
COUNTING CROWS
 
DEF LEPPARD
CHER
THE OTHER ONES
AEROSMITH
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
PAUL McCARTNEY
SANTANA
SHERYL CROW
TESLA
JAY-Z AND 311
OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002
DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2
THE WHO
JACKSON
BROWNE
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE
MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
MIDNIGHT OIL
MT. AIRE 2002
BIG HEAD TODD
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG
BUSH AND DEFAULT
INCUBUS
BLUES TRAVELER
LINKIN PARK IN
LAS VEGAS
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE
LINKIN PARK & P.O.D.
CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT 
NYE 2001-2002
FUEL & SALIVA
AEROSMITH 2002
STEVIE NICKS
THE
BLACK CROWES
AEROSMITH 2001
BLINK 182
THE STRING
CHEESE INCIDENT
 OZZFEST 2001
BAD COMPANY
LINKIN PARK
 OZZFEST 2000
MARILYN
MANSON
MEGADETH
TED NUGENT
AND TESLA
THE OTHER
ONES
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
 THE
COUNTING
CROWS AND
LIVE
THIRD EYE BLIND
      SUMMER
    TOUR 2000
YES
THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000
THE B.B. KING
  BLUES FEST
2000
THE B-52'S
AND THE
GO-GO'S
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
JOE WALSH
2000
  ELTON JOHN
2000
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNG
REUNION TOUR 2000
NYE
1999-2000
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
THE EAGLES
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
LAS VEGAS
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD
TOM PETTY
  HOLLYWOOD
BOWL
PEARL JAM
 HALLOWEEN
WIDESPREAD
PANIC
BONNIE
RAITT
'99
BONNIE
RAITT
'98
METALLICA
H.O.R.D.E.
'98
THE
B-52's
FURTHUR
'98
VAN
HALEN
 311
JERRY
CANTRELL
   BARENAKED
LADIES
COUNTING
CROWS

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