New Eagles 2018 Concert Film to Debut on ESPN This Sunday

I just saw and wanted to share this story reported by Ultimate Classic Rock. This Sunday, July 5, a concert film by the Eagles, Live From The Forum MMXVIII, will debut on ESPN at 8:00 pm EDT. The film captures highlights from three gigs the Eagles played in September 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles during their North American tour that year. The concert, which will also appear on vinyl, CD, Blue-ray and DVD on October 16, marks the band’s first release following the untimely death of Glenn Frey in January 2016 at the age of 67.

I was fortunate enough to see the Eagles with Frey in 2015 in Atlantic City during their History of the Eagles Tour, less than six months before he passed away. After a hiatus due to Frey’s death, the Eagles resumed playing shows in 2017, with Glenn’s son Deacon Frey and Vince Gill taking over Glenn’s parts. The following year, the band returned to full-fledged touring. While their shows got rave reviews, ticket prices were completely over the top, so I haven’t seen them again since the above great Atlantic City show – not that that concert was exactly cheap, but at least I felt I could still half way afford it! Now, no way, but I take a free broadcast!

According to this ESPN press release, LIVE FROM THE FORUM MMXVIII, a Scheme Engine production directed by Nick Wickham, was filmed on 14 4K cameras. It will be available on October 16, through Rhino in a variety of audio and video formats, including Blu-ray, CD, Vinyl, and Streaming. A super deluxe edition will also be available. The set captures definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits, (“Hotel California,” “Take It Easy,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” “Desperado”), and beloved album tracks, (“Ol’ 55, “Those Shoes”), along with some of the individual members’ biggest solo smashes, (Henley’s “Boys Of Summer,” Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”).

The Eagles’ lineup (including touring musicians) during their 2018 tour featured Don Henley (lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar), Joe Walsh (lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing and lead vocals), Timothy B. Schmit (bass, backing and lead vocals, harmonica), Deacon Frey (rhythm and lead guitar, lead and backing vocals, Vince Gill (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals), John Corey (piano, backing vocals, percussion, additional guitars), Scott F. Crago (drums, percussion), Will Hollis (keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals), Steuart Smith (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals) and Michael Thompson (piano, keyboards, backing vocals).

Here’s the great looking track list, as reported by Ultimate Classic Rock:

‘Eagles Live From the Forum MMXVIII’ Track Listing
1. “Seven Bridges Road”
2. Joe Walsh: “How ya doin?”
3. “Take It Easy”
4. “One of These Nights”
5. Don Henley: “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen”
6. “Take It to the Limit”
7. “Tequila Sunrise”
8. “In the City”
9. Timothy B. Schmit: “Hey, everybody, that’s Joe Walsh”
10. “I Can’t Tell You Why”
11. “New Kid in Town”
12. Don Henley: “Just want to thank all of you…”
13. “How Long”
14. Deacon Frey: “Hello, everybody…”
15. “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
16. “Ol’ 55”
17. “Lyin’ Eyes”
18. “Love Will Keep Us Alive”
19. Vince Gill: “How about a nice hand for California, man…”
20. “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”
21. “Those Shoes”
22. “Already Gone”
23. “Walk Away”
24. Joe Walsh: “Is everybody OK?”
25. “Life’s Been Good”
26. “The Boys of Summer”
27. “Heartache Tonight”
28. “Funk #49”
29. “Life in the Fast Lane”
30. “Hotel California”
31. “Rocky Mountain Way”
32. “Desperado”
33. “The Long Run”

Sources: Wikipedia; Ultimate Classic Rock; ESPN press release

19 thoughts on “New Eagles 2018 Concert Film to Debut on ESPN This Sunday”

  1. I know this is heresy to say but…This is one band I just haven’t warmed up to. In the south…many here consider them southern rock. I remind them…yes they are…Southern California.

    Were they great at what they did? Certainly…they wrote some great melodies and they had those vocals.

    I made the mistake of watching their documentary a few years ago. I usually separate the art and the artist…whew…Henley and Frey did not come out well in that…to me anyway. I wanted to choke both of them.

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    1. I dig the Eagles because of their music and harmony singing, especially when they became more rock-oriented after Joe Walsh joined them.

      To me they’re definitely not southern rock. I think country rock would be a better characterization.

      “Hotel California” is one of my all-time favorite albums. That guitar solo in the title is just epic.

      I also like Don Henley’s solo music, more so than Glenn Frey’s.

      When it comes to Henley the person, I definitely have mixed feelings. Frankly, he strikes me as being a bit of a jerk, who is overly protective about his music.

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      1. One odd thing about me I guess…I love Don Henley’s solo albums. I liked them better than the Eagles as crazy as that sounds. His 3 80s albums were great.

        Don Felder and Joe Walsh made two great guitarists together.

        Oh and Detroits own Bob Seger is considered southern rock here. The Eagles and Seger have been adopted no doubt…I agree that they are not.

        They had their different eras for sure.

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    1. Ha, fair comment! I guess ESPN figured there’s substantial overlap between sports and Eagles fans, so showing this concert would help them get some eyeballs, especially in the absence of sports events!

      Full disclosure, I’m generally not into sports and as such don’t watch ESPN. I suppose this makes me one of the exceptions of the above.

      But guess what: I dig the Eagles, and if it takes watching ESPN to catch a free concert, I’m all game!😆


  2. Doing a little catching up here. I dig the Eagles. I don’t give a shit one way or the other about Henley or Frey’s personalities. I will say this – Henley started an organization called Walden Woods to preserve Walden Pond, here in my neck of the woods. How is that bad? Answer – it’s not. The Eagles, for me, were always a radio band. In other words, never felt the compulsion to see them. But I just set the DVR to record this little gem so thanks for the heads up.

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    1. Henley undoubtedly is a great artist. Where I find things get a bit weird with him is when it comes to “protecting” his music. He has been very vocal about it, but not only that.

      The Eagles have very aggressive lawyers and other folks taking down clips of their original music or covers of their songs folks upload to YouTube.

      One of my music friends was kicked off YouTube altogether since he had committed the terrible crime to post a guitar tutorial there for one of the Eagles’ songs – I guess without asking Mr. Henley for permission!

      I also remember once filming a great Eagles tribute band (called Best of the Eagles) on Facebook Live when I received a message in real time (not kidding!), warning me I was recording copyright-protected material, basically telling me to stop.

      Don’t get me wrong here. I do believe in intellectual property. But when you’ve made such a boatload of money – and it’s safe to assume Don Henley and the Eagles have – I just find it a bit ridiculous to go after people like this, who essentially are fans of your music!

      I’m glad Henley supports environmental causes. I wish he wouldn’t forget he got to where he is because of his fans. I know it’s probably naive to ask! And it’s also fair to add Henley is not the only famous music artist who seems to have forgotten about his fans.


      1. True, but why single Henley out for condemnation? Try finding a Beatles, Prince or Hendrix song on YouTube. Let me know how that works out for ya. And that guy who breaks down songs on YouTube did a whole post on how Zep stopped him using fragments until fans pestered them. He runs into this all the time with different bands. Why is Henley the designated bad guy?

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      2. While your point is fair, actually, when it comes to The Beatles, you can now find many of their songs on YouTube posted by record companies themselves. Same for Zep.

        But it used to be very different for both bands.

        I just feel Don Henley and the Eagles are particularly aggressive. It seems to me the record companies have realized that posting these clips doesn’t really hurt their sales.


      3. Check out Rick Beato sometime, see how many bands block him. And while I agree they’re too aggressive, hell it’s their music. And how many of those rockers have a cause like Walden Woods? To me, Henley’s continued preservation of that site makes of for the rest of it.

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      4. Yeah, I like his “These are the 20 best X” series. You will definitely see him hit at least one a-hole band every time. Then he has to play, like, one second of their music. I was actually thinking of contacting him and interviewing him but I don’t know if it has enough general interest.

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      5. I watched his 20 best electric guitar intros. For that one, he had to sneak in Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”

        He wasn’t allowed to identify the tune and could only play a few notes. But it’s such a signature riff that even those few notes were enough to identify it.

        In this context, I find it even more ridiculous that certain artists give him such a hard time.

        Oh, well, I suppose it proves your point Henley isn’t the only lunatic when it comes to that…


      6. And I agree it’s freaking stupid and shortsighted. Every Bruce song you could ever want is out there. I guess it’s just a matter of how artists perceieve things like YouTube. Good advertising or ripoff?

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      1. Yeh, I’ll definitely look forward to it. Too bad they can’t get rid of that scoundrel Henley and replace him with Ringo. 🤣


      2. Ha ha!🤣

        As much as I dislike him for being so weird about his music, he’s a bloody good artist. And just like The Beatles wouldn’t have been same without Ringo, I think it’s fair to say the same about Henley and the Eagles.

        BTW, Joe Walsh is just awesome!

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  3. Remember this conversation we were having about the Eagles being such dicks about their music? Check out Beato here. He is barely controlling his temper. Over King Crimson!


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