Only two weeks after returning to the U.S. from Europe, the Eagles embarked on a tour of the East Coast. This gig at the Expo in Portland, Maine was only the second date of the tour. Very little is known about this appearance. No ad or review exists, only one mention in an image from the UMP-G (University Of Southern Maine Portland-Gorham) school newspaper (below) that actually appeared in their 1974 yearbook (the newspapers were in storage in a basement, I was told when I inquired).
However, according to Art Piteau, who produced the show for the Student Action Board at UMP-G, the Eagles headlined and were supported by Mountain and a New Hampshire group, John Perrault & Friends. Piteau recalled Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi of Mountain were less than thrilled to be booked as an opening act.
Although there are no reviews from the show, the setlists from this period were very similar. The band played songs from their first two albums, interspersed with new material they were trying out for their forthcoming album, On The Border (see the Worcester, Mass show, two days before the Expo, where Randy performed his lost song, “Wait & See,” and the next show in Morehead, KY on December 4th). There are also some fantastic photos from the Expo appearance, including some new ones of just Randy, backstage and onstage.
The Eagles backstage at Portland Expo. Photo by Roger Gagnon.
L-R: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner
Randy at the Portland Expo by Roger Gagnon. Shared with permission.
All four band members wore the same green shirt with yellow writing. The front said “Eagles” and the back “Carlo Sound.” Carlo Sound was a Nashville sound company, who worked on some of the Eagles’ early tours.
All concert photos below by Greg Jordan.
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