Eagles, Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN, November 22, 1976

J.D. Souther opened.

Indianapolis News, October 22, 1976

Before the show, Randy, Don Felder, and J.D. Souther were spotted grabbing a bite at the Burger King down the street from Market Square Arena.


Randy’s performance of “Take It To The Limit” was the highlight of the evening and earned him a standing ovation.

“The man who stole the show, perhaps, was bass player Randy Meisner, who sang lead only once. The number was last winter’s giant hit, “Take It To The Limit.” Meisner had ’em cheering long before the finish of the song. His clean, crisp high vocals earned him the only standing ovation for an individual performance.”

Zach Dunkin, Indianapolis News, November 23, 1976

Review from Indianapolis News, November 23, 1976. Joe Walsh is incorrectly identified in the photo as Don Felder.

Eagles, Metropolitan Sports Center, Minneapolis, MN,
November 18th, 1976

J.D. Souther was the opening act.

Minneapolis Star, November 11, 1976

A week before the show on November 11th, the band was interviewed by radio host, Gary Bridges, for an Eagles special on WDBG.

Minneapolis Star, November 11, 1976

According to the review, the truck transporting the band’s sound system was involved in a serious accident in Des Moines, IA the day before the show, so the band had to rent less-than-ideal sound equipment for a large arena.

Sadly, no mention of Randy in the review (the only band member not mentioned).

Minneapolis Star, November 19, 1976

Eagles, Academy Of Music, New York City, May 11th, 1974

Village Voice, May 9, 1974
Record World, May 25, 1974

Eagles, Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, August 23rd, 1974

The Eagles opened for the Beach Boys.

White Plains (NY) Journal News, August 18, 1974

Eagles, Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, TX, November 2nd, 1976

J.D. Souther opened for the Eagles.

“The turning point of the show occurred when Randy Meisner, bass guitarist, sang “Take It To The Limit.” Meisner reached incredible high, sustained pitches with his strong, forceful voice that just sent shivers up the crowd’s spines. Crazed fans screamed and dashed toward the stage, where they remained until the end of the concert. Meisner received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. When he realized the crowd wouldn’t stop, he danced and skipped around the stage which made the audience applaud even more.”

The Ranger (San Antonio College), November 12, 1976

Eagles, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, August 18-19, 1975

Dan Fogelberg opened for the Eagles.

Denver Post, August 17, 1975

Although not billed, Tom Waits performed at the August 18th show, much to the displeasure of the audience:

Unfortunately Tom was booed off the stage before he could do a whole set, presumably because the Eagles fans were more accustomed to sweet than dour. The headliners were not pleased, and made a big point of emphasizing the identity of the composer of ‘Ol 55’ when the time came.” (Ken Langford, Tom Waits Library)

It’s interesting that Waits would perform at this show since he disliked the Eagles version of his song and said so publicly in early 1975 (read more here). The next year his comments about the band were even more harsh when he told a reporter that their albums were only good for “keeping dust off your turntable.” One can’t help but wonder if getting booed at this concert added to his contempt for the band.

Straight Creek Journal (Boulder), August 14, 1975


Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, Bitter End, NYC, August 22-September 1, 1969

Newsday, August 22, 1969

Watch one of their performances of “I’m Walkin'” recorded at the Bitter End, August 1969.


Eagles, Balboa Stadium, September 27, 1975

The Eagles headlined the “One Of These Days” concert at Balboa Stadium in San Diego. Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt also performed.
The show was filmed and portions of it were shown on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell (not to be confused with long-running NBC show).

San Diego Union, September 7, 1975

The following review is not the most positive, but provides a good description of the show and the songs that were played.


At one point during the Eagles’ set, sportscaster, actor, and former Detroit Lions football player, Alex Karras, appeared onstage with the band in a red wig and large guitar. Note Detroit native Glenn Frey’s shirt that said: Alex Karras Blues Band.


Eagles, Felt Forum, New York City, September 29th, 1972

The Eagles’ guests were Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther.

Village Voice, August 31, 1972
L-R: Randy, J.D. Souther, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, and Bernie Leadon.
Photo by Chuck Pulin.
L-R: Randy, J.D. Souther, Glenn, David Lindley, and Bernie Leadon. Photo by Chuck Pulin.

Billboard, October 14, 1972

Eagles, Memorial Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL, October 1, 1972

The Eagles opened for Yes.

According to the following review, the band was an hour late for the concert because their contract had the wrong start time:

Eagles opened the late afternoon concert after an hour of waiting by the audience. The lead guitarist apologized for the delay saying they had been eating barbecued chicken in Birmingham at 3:30 p.m. when they noticed a poster for the concert that said 4 p.m. Their contract said 5 p.m. Panic ensued and the band hot-rodded it to Tuscaloosa.”

Mobile Register, October 15, 1972



Eagles, Arizona State University, October 15th, 1976

On October 15, 1976, the Eagles played the Activity Center at Arizona State University. J.D. Souther opened.

The State Press (ASU), October 19, 1976
Joe Walsh, Randy, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey perform “Seven Bridges Road.”

The review of the show in the Arizona State University newspaper, The State Press, mentions “Hotel California” as being played, which would have been the first documented performance of the song. The author incorrectly claims the album, Hotel California, was released in February 1976. This person must have been thinking of Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975, which had been released that February (and did not include “Hotel California). The album Hotel California was not released until December.

The State Press, October 19, 1976


Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band,
JD’s,Phoenix,AZ, October 24-25, 1969

Arizona Republic, October 25, 1969

The Arizona Republic noted that Rick was “sharing the spotlight” with a “longhaired bass player”:

Arizona Republic, October 25, 1969

Here’s Rick and the band performing their cover of Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me” from the Easy To Be Free documentary, directed by David Nelson. At the 1:34 mark, the footage moves from JD’s to their appearance at The Troubadour in Hollywood a week later. The footage is less than perfect. Rick and The Stone Canyon Band’s recorded a cover of “She Belongs To Me” during the summer of 1969. It was released as a single in August to coincide with their tour and became a Top 40 hit.