The Eagles Kick Off 40th Anniversary Tour Today
Saturday, July 6, 2013
The Eagles Kick Off 40th Anniversary Tour Today
The Eagles kick off their 40th anniversary tour on today (July 6th) at Louisville, Kentucky's KFC Yum! Center. The 46-date North American trek will wrap up on November 23rd in Orlando, Florida at Amway Center. The new tour will be different than in the past, with the Eagles delving into specific eras as they chart the band's history with a heavy use of video screens showcasing their career. The concerts will feature founding lead guitarist Bernie Leadon returning for his first shows since 1975.
Bernie Leadon is responsible for naming the band, and explained to us the reasons why he chose "The Eagles" to represent the group: "The Eagles -- in Native American cosmology, you pray to 'Brother Eagle' to carry your prayers to 'Grandfather' -- the great spirit. So, I dug that sort of spiritual, kind of vague, y'know, generality reference, and I just liked the image. And the fact that it's the national symbol, too."
Despite still being "the new guy" in the organization, this summer marks Timothy B. Schmit's 35th anniversary of taking over bass duties from founding member Randy Meisner. We asked Schmit to recall his first gig as an Eagle: "We did a lot of rehearsing and I did go on in '78. The summer of '78 I went to Canada (which) was my first gig. I went onstage, unbeknownst to. . . the audience didn't know. I mean, the majority didn't know. People that weren't fanatics didn't know that they weren't going to see Randy -- they saw me. It was a little bit strange, but I was so prepared. I knew my situation. There wasn't any big announcement, I just went onstage. What's not to like about being asked to join one of the biggest band in the world? And so when I finally got onstage, it was quite an accomplishment for me." 
The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
July 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater 
July 9 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena 
July 11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 13 - Grand Falls-Windsor, NL Exploits - Valley Salmon Festival at Centennial Field
July 15 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
July 18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
July 19 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center 
July 22 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
July 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
July 25 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts 
September 4 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena At Seattle Center
September 6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
September 7 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
September 9 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Palace
September 11, 12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
September 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
September 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
September 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
September 20 - Chicago, IL - United Center
September 21 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 4 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena 
October 5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 
October 7 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena 
October 9 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
October 11, 12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
October 14 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum 
October 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
October 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
October 19 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 
October 21 - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center 
October 23 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 
October 24 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
November 4 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 
November 6 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 8, 9 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 
November 15 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena 
November 16 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 
November 18 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena 
November 20 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum 
November 22 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena 
November 23 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center

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