by Max Brantley
A shot from the Eagles at Verizon Arena last night. A squib from Kelley Bass, who was there:
Nearly 40 years into their collective careers, the Eagles haven't engaged auto-pilot or cruise control. It's expected and acceptable these days for big-time headliners to play a 90-minute set, which made it even more notable that the admittedly geriatric California super-group offered up three full hours filled with 28 songs Thursday night at Verizon Arena. An appreciative, occasionally raucous crowd of 10,770 stayed engaged throughout the two-act show, which saw the spotlight shift between Eagles stalwarts Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Walsh offered a delightfully irreverent counterpoint to the serious, somewhat vanilla approaches of the other Eagles and was given the chance to play several of his big non-Eagles hits, including "Walk Away" and "Funk #49 from his James Gang days, plus "Rocky Mountain Way" and "Life's Been Good." Henley remains the MVP of the group, thanks to his strong vocals and versatility, and other than Frey's sometimes weak vocals, which were enhanced by his mates' rich harmonies, the band hasn't lost much through the decades.