Last Friday night we were fortunate enough to witness The Eagles three-hour songfest, History of the Eagles at AAA in Miami.

This classic event traced the group’s history from its beginnings as Linda Ronstadt’s back up band  in 1971 to its 1994 “resumption” tour, Hell Freezes Over.

 The Eagles Live

After recently seeing the Showtime special , History of Eagles, I learned so much about these guys, I couldn’t wait to see them perform live.

Their story is so inspiring, as it has all the elements of a great novel.

You couldn’t help but love these guys.

From the minute they hit the stage, they did not disappoint.

Their mix included songs from Hotel California and The Long Run, and three songs in the One of These Nights album which featured music the Eagles recorded at North Miami’s Criteria Studios and

Coconut Grove’s Bayshore Recording Studio from 1975 to 1979.

They obviously felt right at home in Miami.

The crowed rocked and rolled , including Miami Heat president, Pat Riley, who sat at the end of our

 

row.

He danced and sang along with the sold out crowd, mostly those of boomer generation.

Glen Frey actually went on to recognize Riley as one the bands Miami friends.

All the songs sounded amazing, and brought back great memories.

The harmonies — flawless and  spot-on — have remained just as they were on the original recordings.

Henley’s voice in particular, has aged incredibly well. as his sound filled the arena.

While all the songs were great, it was one song in particular that caught my attention.

“Life in the Fast Lane”

As they jammed on stage, the words rang out a certain irony:

 “Life in the fast lane 

Surely make you lose your mind 

Life in the fast lane, everything all the time 

Life in the fast lane, uh huh 

Blowin’ and burnin’, blinded by thirst 

They didn’t see the stop sign, 

took a turn for the worse “

Here are these 61 year old guys, been playing together for over 40 years, and they DID see the stop sign.

 

After a 14 year hiatus, and all the booz, drugs and partying that came with it, they got back together and did it all again, even better than before., and there was now NO drugs or drinking allowed.

While I am no preacher, its hard to not to take notice of this life lesson literally playing out in front of us.

Now, I am not sure about you, I know I have had my fair share of “nights in the fast lane” and after watching these guys totally revel in their craft, I am going to take a note from them, and “Take it Easy” before I am “Already Gone”, because in “The Long Run” , “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far”.

Thank you to The Eagles for the great evening of music and memories, and for the reminder that if you take care of yourself, you can rock all night long!

And that’s what Nudelberg says!