Opening for the Eagles was Joe Walsh, only a few months before he joined the band.
This was the Eagles’ third appearance in Rotterdam, their first at the Ahoy. Three days later, they would appear, along with several other acts, at Mid-Summer Music, a festival organized by Elton John at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Coinciding with their Ahoy appearance was the Dutch release of the Eagles’ fourth studio album, One Of These Nights, which was met with positive reviews. One in particular, from the Dutch paper, Trouw, was especially complimentary of Randy:
“Vergeten zijn dan nog het titelnummer en de beide, door de kleine muis Randy Meisner (let eens op zijn onvervangbare baspartijen) meegeschreven songs ‘Too Many Hands’ en ‘Take It To The Limit.’ Prachtig.”
(Translated) “Forgotten are the title track and the two songs co-written by the little mouse Randy Meisner, ‘Too Many Hands’ and ‘Take It To The Limit‘ (note his irreplaceable bass parts). Magnificent.” (Trouw, June 28, 1975)
Joe Walsh, performing for the first time in Rotterdam, opened his hour-long set with the Barnstorm song, “Here We Go.”
Following Joe’s opening and a short break, the Eagles took the stage. Despite problems with the sound system, the “exuberant” Ahoy audience was enchanted.
“After initial sound difficulties, The Eagles worked their way to a superior level. The music was hurled incomparably tight into the hall. The vocals were immaculately clear, the close harmonies were of a transparency not achieved by any group in this genre. It was perfection that was heard by an exuberant Ahoy. It was a concert of highlights only. Highlights that the public has already learned from The Eagles’ records. That songs from Desperado, On the Border, and from their most recent LP, One Of These Nights, could be performed so perfectly, was a surprise, even to the connoisseurs. A worthy end to the pop concert season.“(Algemeen Dagblad, June 19, 1975 – translated)
Setlist, Rotterdam, June 18, 1975
Take It Easy
One Of These Nights
Train Leaves Here This Morning
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Too Many Hands
Good Day In Hell
Best Of My Love
Oh, Carol (with Joe Walsh)
The Eagles & Joe Walsh in the Dutch magazine, OOR, July 2nd, 1975. The text is impossible to read or translate, so I have provided this only for the photos and overall coolness.
Photos from Rotterdam, June 18, 1975: