J.D. Souther opened the show and later joined the band onstage for “Best Of My Love,” which he co-wrote with Don Henley & Glenn Frey.

Houston Daily Cougar, November 9, 1976

The Summit had a four-sided video screen called a “Telscreen” which hung from the ceiling. Any band who came in to perform paid a flat fee for use of the Telscreen and received a videotape of the concert in return. These Telscreen performances were often bootlegged, hence the existing footage of the Eagles Summit show, which has never been released officially.

According to a March 5th, 1978 article in the Houston Chronicle, the Summit’s Telscreen production crew were known to add graphics to their video footage as it was happening. During concerts, they focused mainly on whoever was singing. This explains the footage of the Summit show, which included graphics between songs and very few camera angles.

At the show, Randy and Joe both wore white t-shirts bearing the logo for Criteria Studios in Miami where the band was finishing up Hotel California at the time. In fact, the previous night’s show in Baton Rouge was held up for two hours because the band was late arriving from Miami.

In 2006, Randy recalled the grueling touring and recording schedule from this period:

We had to go out on the road while we were doing that album and then go back to Criteria Studios in Florida to finish itWe went back and forth a lot…wanted to get the tracks right and mixed right. We knew the album was special.

Interview with Ken Sharp, 2006

The less-than-complimentary review in the Houston Chronicle noted that the band looked and sounded “frayed around the edges,” this was perhaps due to their touring/recording schedule from the time period.

Below are Randy’s two lead-singing performances from the concert:

“Take It To The Limit”

“Midnight Flyer”


Click the link below to watch the concert in its entirety:
Eagles, Houston Summit, November 6, 1976


RICK NELSON & THE STONE CANYON BAND
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.



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.


Photo Archive: Eagles, Desperado Cover, December 18th, 1972

Photographer: Henry Diltz
Location: Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA

Photos from this session were used on the front and back cover of Desperado, released in 1973. Additional photos were published in the Desperado Songbook the same year.


“The original concept was to depict The Eagles ‘gang’ alive on the front cover and dead at the hands of the posse on the back –with pictures of the bank robbery and ensuing shoot-out in which they met their grisly fate displayed across a double spread in the middle. ‘Then, at the last minute, without telling anybody, David Geffen scrapped the centerfold,’ Diltz says. ‘He was always doing stuff like that to save three cents on the production costs.'”

Uncut, May 2007
via Henry Diltz Photography – Facebook

Diltz also filmed the session and a short film showing the band members in a staged gunfight was later shown during the Eagles’ performance of “Doolin-Dalton/Desperado (reprise)” on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1974.


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