I must admit that I was a little apprehensive before I went to see the Illegal Eagles at the Victoria
Hall. After all, it is my experience that tribute acts can be very hit and miss.
However, I spoke to a few fellow audience members before the performance and my fears were calmed. A number of them had seen the original Eagles and several were making return visits to see the Illegal Eagles. I was assured that I was in for a great night – the word generally used to describe them was “exceptional” – and they were absolutely right.
The Illegal Eagles are the world’s official No. 1 Eagles tribute band and I can see why. This group of incredible performers are so talented and have such acute attention to detail that you would be hard pressed to make distinctions from the genuine article.
You couldn’t say who was Glen Fry, Don Henley or Joe Walsh, as they were constantly swapping an amazing collection of guitars and taking it in turns to share an impressive range of vocals. However, their choice of song and their delivery was breath-taking.
The playlist included a wide collection of the Eagles’ back catalogue with all of the favourites given an airing.
Take it Easy, New Kid in Town, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and of course their finale Hotel California were all included. They even managed to include one of my personal favourites, Joe Walsh’s Life’s Been Good to Me Their album “Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” is the second-best selling album of all time with 51 million sales. I can tell you that as soon as I got home, I played my copy and will most certainly be going to see them again.
They certainly ‘Took it to the Limit’ for me.