Hotel California travels the world performing tribute shows to The Eagles. They returned to the Lakes Area last week Wednesday to soak up some Okoboji hospitality and do a pair of shows at the Pearson Lakes Art Center.
They have played here before and were a hit.
PLAC had sold out the first show so the band was persuaded to stay over and do a second show on Thursday. It nearly sold out as well.
The band is comprised of five multi-talented musicians with first-rate vocal capabilities as well. So I do not spell their last names incorrectly, I will just call them Steve, John, Scott, Patrick and Dickie Lee.
There was an enormous amount of instruments on that stage for five musicians to use. I counted 12 guitars (acoustic and electric), a keyboard, steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, drums and other percussion instruments, harmonica and a strange mouthpiece called a squawk box.
They did no talking between most of the songs, just transitioned from one to the next, and we were able to enjoy many songs we have loved for years. Scott not only plays a mean bass guitar, he has a gorgeous tenor voice. His rendition of "Forgiveness (You don't love me anymore)" brought the entire audience to its feet for a standing ovation.
Most of the first half of the show was slow, sappy Eagles songs. After intermission the band came out to rock 'n' roll. "Life In the Fast Lane" got us going. There was a large screen hanging from the back of the stage so pictures, video clips and graphics added much to the enjoyment of the lyrics to the songs.
They did one of my favorites "Desperado," and I noticed that I was not the only one in the audience singing along. Their individual instrumental talents were also very evident in that song.
Patrick played an incredible rendition of the national anthem that had us all on our feet and the applause at the end was loud and lengthy.
After the conclusion of the concert with their theme song "Hotel California," a loud, long standing ovation brought them back on stage. Their sound man, Izzy, joined them and turned out to be a fantastic sax player.
We got not just one more tune but four including "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and "Get Over It."
It will be quite some time before we get over it — that wonderful evening of music at PLAC. I, for one, hope they can return again in a couple of years so we can sing, dance in our seats and clap to The Eagles music once again.