Hotel California made a return appearance to the stage of the Pearson Lakes Art Center Tuesday night and the audience was mighty glad they did. The Eagles tribute band seemed to me to be better than before and I loved what they did a year ago.
Needless to say, they wowed us again. Originally there was to be one show only, but due to the quick sell-out of tickets and demand for more, the band was enticed to stay over and do another show on Wednesday night. It was nearly sold out by Tuesday. As we were filing out after the show, I heard people rushing to the ticket office at PLAC to try to scoop up remaining tickets because they wanted to see the band again the next night.
The stage had a large screen backdrop where film clips and interesting objects were projected during the show. It added to the background nicely but the stars of the show were the multi-talented musicians on that stage.
Patrick Bolen sings beautifully, plays guitar and makes a steel guitar sound magical. The bass player and great singer with a wide range was Scott Fronsoe. The superb singer/instrumentalist with long, flowing white hair was Steve Probst. Dicky Lee Dickinson sang, played drums, keyboards and harmonica and hammed it up for the audience. The drummer reminded me of a younger Elton John mixed with some Rod Stewart. He was the only one on stage with short hair. He kept the band on its toes with his percussion skills.
For the last few songs of the evening, the band's sound man came down from the booth to pick up a sax and play along. Izzy Hill was very, very good!
There was very little talking between numbers. They went from one great tune to the next flawlessly for nearly two and a half hours.
I counted 13 guitars, a banjo, steel guitar, keyboard and harmonica, plus the drums of course, all used randomly throughout the night.
Their rendition of "Tequila Sunrise" made us want to stroll down and sit on the beach watching the sun come up. "You Don’t Love Me Anymore" was beautifully done. The steel guitar portion of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was superb.
Bolen did a guitar solo of the National Anthem that was unbelievably fantastic! We all stood in silent awe of what we were hearing. The band paused to honor military veterans at that point in the show.
One of my favorites and a real crowd pleaser was their version of "Desperado." We all really got into "Heartache Tonight," singing, clapping and dancing in our seats. All five musicians harmonized well vocally and seemed to us to be having a really good time entertaining us.
"The Heat Is On" was very lively as was "Life In The Fast Lane."
The evening came to a reluctant end with "Get Over It." I don’t think any of us in the audience will get over it for a long time to come. It was a fabulous show and we, in the sold-out audience, had a ball. Thank you PLAC for bringing them back to the Lakes Area.