Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, FL, June 7th, 1973

The Eagles played to a venue that was only about a third full, but gave an impressive performance. REO Speedwagon was the warm-up act.

Don’t miss the live audio below.

St Petersburg Evening Independent, June 13, 1973
Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Don Henley

Setlist:
Take It Easy
How Long
Doolin-Dalton
Bitter Creek
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Desperado
Twenty-One
Earlybird
Certain Kind Of Fool
Outlaw Man
Witchy Woman
Lazy Days (Gram Parsons)
Tryin’
Out Of Control (encore)
Tequila Sunrise (encore)

The band delivered a stunning performance, despite the fact that fire marshals harassed the small audience looking for smokers. Although the reviewer below felt that all four Eagles were polished performers, he seemed most impressed with Bernie and Randy:

“Bernie Leadon, guitar and banjo player extraordinaire, has managed to produce a strong rock sound without abandoning the tasteful flavor of soothing country picking. At different times, he played electric guitar and banjo leads. His soothing sparkle was matched in perfect counterpoint by bassist Randy Meisner, who has to be one of the most competent men on the instrument since Rick Danko.”

Tampa Bay Times, June 9th, 1973

Listen to three songs from the show below. I chose the ones that were the most Randy-centric: “Certain Kind Of Fool, a blistering 6-minute version of ” Tryin'” (the last song before the encores), and “How Long.” This is an audience recording, so the sound quality is not the best. Headphones or earbuds are highly recommended.

Note: The last couple of minutes of “Tryin'” is applause, not only for Randy, but also because it was the last song before the encores.

On “How Long,” Glenn, Don, and Randy each take leads. Randy’s comes in around the 2:20 mark.


6 comments

  1. Wow this is sooo good Jessica.. thank you!!!
    To hear this live and Randy’s voice so strong high and on point is a standout along with his bass. So many treats!!!And the rocking sound !!! To have been there!!!!

    • You’re welcome, Marie. Doesn’t Randy sound fantastic? I always say I was born in the wrong decade. I would have loved to have seen the original band.

  2. I was born in the right decade, but the wrong side of the world, I would have loved to see Randy with the Eagles, more so just to see Randy in person but it was to never be 😢

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