Don Henley Hits 70 with Nicks, Walsh & Co.

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Don Henley (via his Facebook page)

Just a week after the Eagles’ triumphant Classic West reunion concert at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, one coming up soon in New York and a third show now announced for Seattle in September, Don Henley celebrated his 70th birthday last night (July 22) in his hometown of Dallas in style. The guest-studded bash, which took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in his Dallas, included substantial participation from fellow Eagles Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as old friends Stevie Nicks and Patty Smyth.

Henley, who was born in the small town of Linden, Tex., on July 22, 1947, has been quite busy of late. In addition to the Classic West shows, he was also a featured artist last Monday (July 17) at a private concert—also featuring Jackson Browne—that benefited Oceana, an ocean conservation organization, and the Walden Woods Project, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit founded by Henley.

Related: BCB’s review of the Eagles’ set at Classic West

At the Dallas birthday party, Henley opened with the Steve Young composition “Seven Bridges Road,” which the Eagles included on their 1980 live album, and continued with Henley solo tunes “Dirty Laundry,” “Sunset Grill” and “That Old Flame” before breaking out the first Eagles song of the evening, “Witchy Woman.” He continued alternating solo and Eagles material, including “One of These Nights.”

[The Eagles are among the handful of acts that remove material from YouTube faster than a newly married couple’s clothes on their wedding night. When this story was published, all of the videos featured were available for viewing.]

Watch “One of These Nights”

Henley then welcomed Schmit, the first guest of the evening. Together they performed “I Can’t Tell You Why” from the Eagles’ 1979 The Long Run album, followed by the title track from Henley’s Top 10 third album, The End of the Innocence, and “The Last Resort,” from the Eagles’ massive Hotel California album.

Watch “The End of the Innocence”

Smyth was the next guest onstage, the pair reprising “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” their #2 duet from 1992—the highest charting solo single for either artist—followed by the Henley solo tune “The Heart of the Matter.”A cover of the Tears for Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” which Henley has performed previously at solo shows, led up to “Leather and Lace,” featuring Nicks on vocals, and “The Boys of Summer,” for which the Fleetwood Mac diva stuck around and banged a tambourine.

Related: BCB chats with Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles

From there on out the show kicked into high gear, with Walsh offering up his perennially popular “Rocky Mountain Way,” after which Schmit re-emerged to join his Eagle-mates for “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Hotel California.” The show wound down with the Eagles tunes “Wasted Time” and “Desperado,” then “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” from Henley’s Building the Perfect Beast album and—finally—the obligatory cover of the Beatles’ “Birthday,” featuring all four of the guest singers.

Both Walsh and Schmit will celebrate their own 70th birthdays this fall. If either one is planning a similar mega-party for the occasion, they’ve yet to make their plans public. Stay tuned!

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Set List
Seven Bridges Road
Dirty Laundry
Sunset Grill
That Old Flame
Witchy Woman
When I Stop Dreaming
Talking to the Moon
One of These Nights
I Can’t Tell You Why (with Timothy B. Schmit)
The End of the Innocence
The Last Resort
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (with Patty Smyth)
The Heart of the Matter
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Leather and Lace (with Stevie Nicks)
The Boys of Summer (with Stevie Nicks)
Rocky Mountain Way (with Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit)
Life in the Fast Lane (with Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit)
Hotel California (with Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit)
Wasted Time
Desperado
All She Wants to Do Is Dance (with Stevie Nicks)
Birthday (with Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Patty Smyth)

Watch “Birthday,” the show’s finale.

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  1. Janie
    #1 Janie 24 July, 2017, 10:17

    I love. Don Henley’s music! Happy belated Birthday!

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