When the Eagles Premiered a Concert on ESPN

Eagles at The Forum in 2018
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The Eagles debuted a new concert in 2020, in a place fans might not expect: ESPN.

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Live from The Forum MMXVIII, captured at the legendary Forum in Los Angeles during September 2018, found the band - original members Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit alongside the late Glenn Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill - firing on all cylinders as they rocked songs from the band's iconic catalog.

“Sports and music have long been at the top of the list for being able to bring people of all types together. The Eagles have been doing just that for almost half a century,” ESPN’s Chris Berman said at the time. “We at ESPN are thrilled beyond belief to share this premiere with everyone!”

“Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months," the band's manager Irving Azoff added, referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "The premiere of Live from The Forum MMXVIII is the Eagles’ gift to their fans.”

The program, directed by Nick Wickham, was filmed on 14 4K cameras and captured definitive live performances of the band’s most iconic hits (“Hotel California,” “Take It Easy,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado”) and beloved album tracks, (“Ol’ 55," “Those Shoes”), along with some of the individual members’ biggest solo smashes, (Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” and Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away”).

Live from The Forum MMXVIII is now available to own in a variety of formats, including a deluxe 4LP/2CD/Blu-ray box set. As part of a Memorial Day weekend sale, the Eagles' label Rhino is offering it for 15% off, with free shipping. It might be the perfect great teaser ahead of concerts coming back later this year!


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