Eagles fans who checked out but never left woke up to a nice surprise Tuesday morning.
The classic rock band is livin’ it up for a “Hotel California” tour next year, hitting six US cities and bringing 77 musicians on stage to play the iconic 1976 album in its entirety.
The tour, which will feature an accompanying 46-piece orchestra and choir, launches Feb. 7 in Atlanta and includes two nights at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14 and 15.
This year, “Hotel California” passed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in album sales, becoming the best-selling album of all time.
The band recently workshopped the live album revival in Las Vegas, the first time in its history that it had played the whole album in concert. Singer-guitarist Glenn Frey, who sadly passed away in 2016, has been replaced in live performances by his son Deacon Frey, as well as country musician Vince Gill.
Frey died at 67 of complications from arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, according to the band.
His Eagles co-founder and songwriting partner, Don Henley, said Frey was “the one who started it all.”
“He was the sparkplug, the man with the plan,” Henley said. “We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: To make our mark in the music industry.”
Glenn Frey, one of the Eagles’ guitarists, and Henley, the drummer, founded the band in 1971. The group soon rose to be one of the biggest acts in history, scoring a string of No. 1 albums in the 1970s, including “One of These Nights” and “The Long Run.”
Tickets for the 2020 “Hotel California” tour go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.
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