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

Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band performed two nights at JD’s.

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.

At the time of the JD’s appearance, the Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band was a four-piece with Randy on bass, Allen Kemp on guitar, and Pat Shanahan on drums. Tom Brumley was added on pedal steel for the Troubadour shows.

Read more about Randy’s tenure as an original member of Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band here: