Tribute to the Eagles: Tequila Sunrise at House of Blues Cleveland

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Here at the Swift Agency, still just a guy who’s thankful for the chances he gets to blog about stuff he loves, we’re really lucky to have had the chance to finally see Tequila Sunrise live at House of Blues Cleveland on June 15. The band’s current incarnation has The Agency’s Paul Sidoti on guitar, Mike Meadows also on guitar and Amos J. Heller on bass. The band also features Colin Whinnery on guitar, Jody Harris on drums as well as Sam Haddix and Derek Braunschweiger.

The band really brought it home. You could feel each of them was in their complete comfort zone as they took the stage. I am familiar, but not really an expert on The Eagles enough to judge how close to the original they came, but as a music lover I will say it was a great performance and I believe they more than did justice to the songs I’ve heard.

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The set list was the same as their previous performance on December 29, 2011Hotel California, Victim of Love, New Kid In Town, Victim of Love, New Kid in Town, Life’s Been Good, I Can’t Tell You Why, Lyin’ Eyes, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Take It To The Limit, One Of These Nights, Walk Away, Funk #49, Tequila Sunrise, Love Will Keep Us Alive, The Heart of the Matter, Seven Bridges Road, Heartache Tonight, In The City, Life In The Fast Lane, Already Gone, Rocky Mountain Way, Desperado, Take it Easy, and All Night Long.

Special mentions are Paul Sidoti for Life’s Been Good and All Night Long, Mike Meadows for Lyin’ Eyes, Take It Easy and Heartache Tonight, and Amos J. Heller for I Can’t Tell You Why and Take It To The Limit. There was a great moment when  Jim Bonfanti from The Raspberries took the drums for  Funk #49. Great work all around and worth the trip to see them play live! Thank you very much guys!

Here’s a clip of Paul Sidoti with Colin Whinnery on the guitar riffs for Hotel California:

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Watch Amos J. Heller singing I Can’t Tell You Why, this is only a short clip too:

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Here’s Mike Meadows bringing the house down with Lyin’ Eyes:

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And finally, just for fun, I took a clip of Amos J. Heller and Mike Meadows jamming on Funk 49:

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Update! Now you can see all the pictures taken during this concert on its own Gallery section: Tequila Sunrise: Tribute to the Eagles 2012-06-15

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Coming up in the Calendar!

  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

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They Owned The Night: Lady Antebellum in Montreal

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Here at the Swift Agency, still one guy who might have a blogging addiction, I often say that the moment that I step out of the Taylor Nation I get lost. But in the case of the fabulous trio of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott, I’m glad to get lost in music.

This was the first time that Lady Antebellum makes a stop in Montreal. The show emphasizes music above all, with the lights show accentuating the effect. Three large screens follow Charles, Dave and Hillary or alternate between video clips or audience takes. The performance was amazing. There’s no doubt that they are seasoned professionals.

However, what won the crowd at Bell Centre on Thursday, June 14 was not how great Lady Antebellum has become, but how much passion and heart they pour into each of their songs. It helped that they picked some of the best acts opening for them too.

First up, was the award winning duo known as Thompson Square. Shawna and Keifer brought out the country and the rock in their set which included their hits I Got You, Glass and Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not. They also incorporated a rock medley of well known rock songs like Kiss’ Rock and Roll All Nite.

I’m always happy when the opener for the concert is well received, and Thompson Square is fit to be a headline act. I saw them win best Video Duo on the CMT Awards 2012 back in June 9 for I Got You. By the time they closed their set with Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not, everyone was singing along.

Darius Rucker took the stage to thundering applause. He played among others, Alright , It Won’t Be Like This For Long, Space Cowboy , Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It , Come Back Song and Southern State Of Mind.

He also didn’t forget his Hootie & The Blowfish years by singing his old hits Only Wanna Be With You and Hold My Hand. It was not his first time in Montreal, or Bell Centre. I saw Darius opening for Brad Paisley in January 29, 2011. Just like then, he closed with a cover of Prince’s Purple Rain that had the crowd applauding him for a long, long time.

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Lady Antebellum has country and rock and roll roots. They themselves are fans of Tom Petty, and I like to call them the Fleetwood Mac of country music not only because they are influenced by them but because they have that same influence on their peers. At this point they are trendsetters themselves. They opened with their current anthem, We Owned The Night and they didn’t let up as they went through each of their hits: Stars Tonight, Our Kind Of Love, Love This Pain, Dancin’ Away With My Heart, Wanted You More, Perfect Day and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. I will make a stop to say thank you as I finally heard Hello World live and it was one of the best of the night for me.

They brought their band to the forward stage for an acoustic version of American Honey and then brought back Thompson Square and Darius Rucker for a country medley jam. After a rousing performance of I Run To You and Just A Kiss, they took their leave. Then with the four piano keys everybody knows well, they came back for their encore with Need You Now.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female ArtistChoice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes OpenChoice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.

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