Madison Square Garden, March 18th, 1977

This was the third date on the Eagles’ 1977 Hotel California tour. Jimmy Buffett was the opening act.

Although this was the Eagles’ debut at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the band played Felt Forum, the Garden’s smaller venue, back in 1972. For this sold-out appearance, the Eagles were backed by an orchestra for three songs: “Desperado Reprise,” “Wasted Time,” and “Take It To The Limit.” Three members of the Rolling Stones attended the concert: Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Bill Wyman. Wood accompanied the Eagles onstage for their last encore of Chuck Berry’s “Carol.”

An after-show party was given by Elektra/Asylum at the Garden’s Penn Plaza Club.

Praise for Randy:
“The event of the evening came with bassist Randy Meisner’s stunning vocalization of ‘Take It To The Limit’. In addition to sing-along support from the total audience, he received a standing ovation after each chorus.” (Record World, April 23, 1977)

(Compiled from contemporary reviews)

Hotel California
Turn To Stone
Lyin’ Eyes
Doolin-Dalton/Desperado Reprise
Wasted Time
Take It To The Limit
New Kid In Town
One Of These Nights
Turn To Stone
Already Gone
Life In the Fast Lane
Victim Of Love
Rocky Mountain Way
Welcome To The Club
Witchy Woman
James Dean
Take It Easy
Best Of My Love


Rolling Stone, May 5, 1977

Record World, April 23, 1977

The After-Show Party

Among the guests were Faye Dunaway, Paul Simon, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther. Although members of the Rolling Stones were present at the concert, they did not attend the post-concert party.

According to Rolling Stone magazine: “The guests dined on Mexican food, but only had one brand of cheap white tequila to wash down their tacos.”

Rolling Stone, May 5, 1977

Below: Glenn at the buffet table which included an ice eagle sculpture.

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

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

Bitter End, New York City
August 22nd, 1969

Newsday, August 22, 1969

Watch their performance of Fats Domino’s “I’m Walkin'” recorded at the Bitter End, August 1969.
This was the first song Rick sang on The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet back in 1957.
Notice at 1:44 that Randy is playing a red Gibson bass, a switch from his usual gold Fender Precision from this period.

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

Photo Archive: Randy Meisner & Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, c.October 1980

Location: Epic Records, New York City

This photo was featured in Record World magazine, November 1, 1980. Randy is wearing a shirt advertising his son, Dana’s, band, Eight Ball.

L-R: Don Dampsey, senior VP of Epic Records, Gregg Geller, VP A&R Epic Records, Randy, Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).