Monday, October 19, 2009

That's some good Schmit !

photo by Chris Farmer

I was fortunate to spend several hours in a relaxed,
warm and friendly rehearsal environment with Eagles
bass player Timothy B. Schmit, just last week. Our
friend and TLR family member Chris Farmer, who
sometimes fills in for Jim, is working with Timothy
as keyboardist, bassist and back-up vocalist on the
tour for his brand new solo album "Expando".

Timothy was immediately gracious, welcoming and glad
to have a few friendly folks in the room to watch and
listen as he prepared for the upcoming string of shows.
After that day's rehearsal hang, which included such
humble icons as Dewey Bunnell & Gerry Beckley of America,
a few of us attended the kick-off show here in Los Angeles
the next night. It was unique to hear Timothy sing a
couple of his signature songs, like I Can't Tell You Why
and Love Will Keep Us Alive, in this intimate setting.
But it's even more satisfying to be part of the unveiling
of some of his new and very personal material.

Seeing the Eagles in concert is a bigger-than-life kind
of experience. But being with any Eagles member in a
much smaller room (or theatre) as he shares his music
reminds me of just how tightly stitched the community
of musicians can be and that, at the end of the day,
it's still about telling a story.

(Pictured in the background is Herman Matthews,
a really nice cat and drummer who's worked I've
admired for years)

Oklahoma is OK!

photo by Gary Grantham

Hey everyone, it's Gig.
Pictured above is the stage at the Oklahoma State Fair.
When we got to the site at about 10 AM on show day the
pro touring crew was all set up and commencing their line check.

By contrast, and as Chris said (in the Hermosillo post), it was pretty
novel to arrive at the site (in Mexico) to find an impressive show rig
being built over a stage that was still just a large piece of dirt.
But, when we returned a couple of hours later a nice stage, 8 feet off
the ground awaited us. It was loaded with a full lighting package,
smoke machines, video projection and even pyrotechnics.
And to be fair, that stage was erected specifically for our show while
the Oklahoma rig had already enjoyed 9 days worth of entertainment.
The sound in Hermosillo was big and bombastic and we were able to
open the show with our intro video, something only a handful of you
have seen at select venues.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The excellent people of Hermosillo

Our excursion to the Mexican state of Sonora was a blast!

The stage you see above was literally dirt just hours before we started our set in Hermosillo, Mexico on Friday. It was amazing how fast the crew built this up. I took the picture of the incredibly enthusiastic crowd while we played Seven Bridges Road. This isn't a tourist town, so it was entirely locals, who seemed to especially enjoy the ballads and acoustic tunes. A cover band from the area called Drakor played with us and were a lot of fun. They were extremely generous to lend us some of their equipment as well! All in all, we had a great time and met so many quality people that we would happily do it again.

Getting up early for the plane was not easy, but we got back Saturday and rested for our Agoura Hills show Sunday. Next up: Vegas!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sunset-Moonrise Concert

Tomorrow we land in Oklahoma City. We'll relax, grab a good-night's rest then get up on Sunday to set up, sound check and get ready to take the stage as the closing act of the Oklahoma State Fair, with the American Rock n' Roll show.

Here are a few images from the recent show that wrapped up our summer season-
photos by: Michael Cabeza

A sweet couple dances to our rendition
of Best Of My Love as the sun set at
a recent, outdoor concert in Thousand
Oaks. This show officially wrapped up
our summer season.

Gary gives the grit to the Don Henley
vocal in the five-part harmony piece
Seven Bridges Road. Few people have
been fortunate enough to see the Eagles
perform this song live, so we do our best
to serve the tune well at select shows.

Jim brings it home with his pure tenor
delivery of the Randy Meisner-Eagles
classic Take It To The Limit.

and GH sinks his teeth into the talkbox
while Chris (at the piano) belts out the
Joe Walsh vocal in Rocky Mountain Way.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Solong Summer - Bring on Fall

It's been an exciting year for us. We've traveled to places, both in and outside the U.S., where we've not played before. We've spent more time on the road, performed for some of the largest and most enthusiastic audiences we've ever met. We've gotten really amped and really tired together and just enjoyed what it is to be a band.
We're ready for the cool, crisp air of fall, more shared adventures and the ongoing opportunities to meet Eagles fans accross the planet, hoping that many will become our fans as well. We'll see you out there. - TLR

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More Summer Sizzle

Hotel California guitars.
photo courtesy: Ivys Caldevilla

On August 8th we brought our show to a charming little amphitheatre in the bedroom community of La Palma, in North O.C. Their summer concert series is still very new and audiences typically average four to five-hundred in number. That night, with Eagles
songs in the air, about 1,400 folks joined the party. - still humble, but that's progress.

We hope to return next summer!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Returning Home

After our last show in Chicago (Vernon Hills) we packed up our gear and each got what little sleep we could (2 hours or less for most of us) before our 4:30 AM hotel lobby call the next morning. We were limoed back to Midway Airport to catch our flight back to Los Angeles. By the time we got to L.A. we were all exausted but knew we had
to pull it all together for one more day; 2:00pm load-in for a 2 hour show at 5:00 in Manhattan Beach, California.

The late afternoon sun was hot but what we felt more than anything was the love of the crowd - 6,000 strong. (The white arrow points to us playing) We couldn't have ordered a better reception.

Nothin' says "we're in a beach town" like beach balls at a rock concert and there were about a half-dozen of them floating around the stage area. One made a cameo in this shot of us playing Hotel California.

No one had a better time that day than Gig: "Manhattan Beach is my hometown... where I grew up. I'm not sure anything could've recharged my batteries better than having our show so warmly embraced by a great big Manhattan Beach crowd. There were people 360 degrees around us."

A few hundred folks packed themselves near the stage from sound check through the end of the show.

We broke the rules and played 20 minutes longer than the city is supposed to let us. Despite a taxing week of shows and a little jet lag, this great audience deserved everything we had in us. So, we left it all on stage and went home to finally collapse, thankful that we didn't have a show the next day.

photos by: Lori Tanimura

A lovely woman named Suzanne who was there at the park that day has posted a handful of her videos on YouTube.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Midwest thoughts

On the ground in Chicago, we were reflecting on the scenery and last night's friendly crowd who was eager to dance at the St Croix Casino in Wisconsin. Good people, fresh air, quaint little red farm houses... We play tomorrow at the stage across the street form the hotel room here in Vernon Hills. Two bands played earlier and there were about 8,000 people out in the rather cold wind drinking beer, dancing with glow sticks and having a good time. Ron, who put the tour together, got us a huge Excursion limo SUV and the guys from Fandango and Fortunate Son were cracking us up on the ride form the airport. Time for rest for tomorrow's glow stick festival... Can't wait!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Prep Work for Midwest Tour

The band has been hard at work getting everything ready for our kickoff tour with the American Rock and Roll show. The dress rehearsal at the Oceanview Pavilion worked out well. We're excited to get out there with the guys from Fandango and Fortunate Son.

I have some family folks out in Chicago that have never seen The Long Run perform... I was thinking this is a good way to spend our 10th anniversary year.