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The Eagles land in El Paso

Andres Martinez
The Eagles played at the Don Haskins Center on Friday night.

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As the crowd entered the arena, it quickly filled the Don Haskins Center to welcome The Eagles to the borderland. The classic rock band played for a nearly two and a half hours, covering many of their iconic songs. “The History of The Eagles” tour made a stop in the borderland on Friday night.

The band started off with “Saturday Night”, kicking the concert off on the right foot. The crowd sang along with the band from that point on. The Eagles, who have had a career encompassing the better part of four decades, gave the city a concert worth its buck.

The four-member band, ten if you count the backups, played the crowd’s favorites throughout the night. The band played for an hour before they took an intermission—that lasted roughly 20 minutes—before they took the stage again for almost another two hours.

The concert overall was a concert to remember.

But given the music that they played, it might even be hard to remember all of it. The Eagles can sometimes get lost among the better-known classic rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles or Led Zeppelin. It’s hard to remember that they have contributed to the montage of jukebox music coming from the bar.

Nevertheless, the band wooed on Friday night.

The concert did not have any dull moments, as they were able to keep the crowd engaged and singing even with the lesser-known songs.

Even though the crowd was banned from recording the show, they did not oblige the ban and recorded anyway on their phones, yelling the lyrics to all of the songs, giving the band a nice and warm El Paso welcome.

After the intermission, The Eagles started playing true rock and roll.

The loud guitars and drums echoed hardly throughout the Don Haskins Center as songs such as “I’m Already Gone” ran throughout the stadium. The fans could not stop singing along at this concert.

The band gave a total of two encores. “Hotel California” played as the third to last song. The crowd rose in an uproar, singing along to their most famous tune of all.

The concert ended with a slower tune, “Desperado, a song that fits along with their western theme of music. It was a good way to end a concert, with a standing ovation.

The concert did not have any fancy lasers or special effects, but it had no need for them.  When a band relies heavily on special effects, it is because they are trying to keep the crowd entertained, which was not a problem with The Eagles.

Having El Paso as part of the bands “The History of The Eagles” is a great asset for the city. El Paso welcomed the band and they responded by playing an overall enthusiastic and energetic show.

One that will go down in Don Haskins Center history.

Juan Carlos Navarrete can be reached at [email protected].

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    RayMay 27, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    The Concert was great eagles performed awesome ,yet UTEP the venue as always found a way to drop the ball. the restroom situation was terrible and poorly planned

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