This sold-out double bill in Cleveland was the Eagles’ final U.S. appearance before they embarked on a month-long European Tour. Opening for the band both nights was Jimmy Buffett.
The photos and reviews presented here are for the March 31st show.
Before the Eagles walked onstage officials issued a warning about shooting off firecrackers. Despite the warning, midway though the show, an explosion rang out, “bassist Randy Meisner shot a sharp look in the direction of the noise and walk-staggered two steps backward. After the number, [Glenn Frey] said from his piano, “OK folks, that’s the last firecracker while we’re playing, got it?”
Randy’s “strong tenor and falsetto” on “Take It To The Limit” was a high point of the evening. Sporting a blue shirt bearing the name of “Randy’s Rodeo,” a nightclub in San Antonio, TX, Randy received a standing ovation for the “soprano conclusion” to the song.
For Joe Walsh, who attended nearby Kent State University (note his shirt below) and whose professional home for years was in Cleveland (the James Gang originated there), this show marked his first appearance in northern Ohio as a member of the Eagles.
Setlist March 31, 1977 (not in order):
Life In The Fast Lane
Take It To The Limit
New Kid In Town
Victim Of Love
One Of These Nights
Turn To Stone
Rocky Mountain Way
Best Of My Love