When Eagles’ Opened Their ‘Hotel California’ 2020 Tour

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Eagles opened their 2020 tour – in which they performed their top-selling Hotel California album in its entirety – in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 7, with a massive 32-song setlist. For this run, as well as their 2021 and 2022 tours, the group were joined by a massive orchestra and choir.

Eagles and orchestra performing the Hotel California album in Las Vegas, 2019

The original tour announcement – on Oct. 8, 2019 – followed three sold-out concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada that featured the classic rock band performing the album with a 46-piece orchestra and 22-member choir.

At Friday night’s nearly three-and-a-half-hour concert, the first of three at State Farm Arena, the band’s setlist was identical to the Vegas shows, with a second set featuring, as Don Henley joked, “everything else we know”: hits like “Take it Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Lyin’ Eyes,” from their catalog, as well as such Joe Walsh favorites as “Rocky Mountain Way” and “Funk #49.” (See the complete setlist below.)

Since 2017, the lineup of Henley, Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, has been augmented by Vince Gill and Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon Frey. They continue to be joined by guitarist Steuart Smith, who has toured with them since 2001

[Eagles, perhaps stubbornly, adhere to a “no photo or videos” policy at their concerts. They are among the handful of acts that remove material from YouTube faster than a newly married couple’s clothes on their wedding night. The videos posted at the bottom of this page were available as of the day after the show. They may not be by the time you read this.]

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Eagles State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 7, 2020 Setlist

Hotel California
New Kid in Town
Life in the Fast Lane
Wasted Time
Wasted Time (Reprise)
Victim of Love
Pretty Maids All in a Row
Try and Love Again
The Last Resort

Watch them perform “Try and Love Again” from a side view

Set 2
Seven Bridges Road
Take It Easy
One of These Nights
Take It to the Limit
Tequila Sunrise
Witchy Woman
In the City
I Can’t Tell You Why
Lyin’ Eyes
Best of My Love
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Love Will Keep Us Alive
Walk Away
Those Shoes
Life’s Been Good
The Boys of Summer
Funk #49
Already Gone
Heartache Tonight

Watch them perform “Desperado” during the encore the next evening, also in Atlanta

Rocky Mountain Way
The Long Run
Hotel California (Reprise)

The 2020 tour was scheduled to run through April. Like all other tours that year, it was halted abruptly following their March 7 concert.

Related: We were at their 2021 performance at Madison Square Garden

Tickets for the 2022 tour are available here and here.

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  1. Paco
    #1 Paco 9 February, 2020, 02:52

    I can’t believe they do “Life In The Fast Lane” as their third song of the night. You’d think that would be saved for more of a show-stopper later in their 3-hour-plus set…

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    • Bomber
      Bomber 9 February, 2020, 10:44

      It’s the third song on the album they are playing in its entirety. I wish joe would add Turn To Stone. He and Felder used to trade off each other in the seventies. Not too many other groups like The Eagles.

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    • Dannicky
      Dannicky 9 February, 2020, 12:32

      Because they perform the entire Hotel California album first, in the order of the the record.

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    • dmax11
      dmax11 10 February, 2020, 11:03

      they played the album as it was recorded….Hotel California was the first song on side A and the first song they played

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  2. Buddy
    #2 Buddy 10 February, 2020, 23:56

    Not sure why this review fails to mention the huge contribution of guitarist Steuart Smith (1st guitar on far right of stage next to Joe Walsh). Smith has played all of Don Felder’s guitar parts to perfection with the Eagles since about 2001. He didn’t miss one note in the show on Friday night (2-7-20). Coaxing numerous different tones out of his masterful guitar playing, Smith wins my vote as a top utility guitarist, filling in all of the fills and gaps that might have otherwise appeared in the 4 and sometimes 5 guitar attack of the Eagles front line.

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