An Evening With...: A Meagan Sullivan Guest Blog

Photo courtesy of Drake Breed
After a five-year break from the Windy City, the Eagles brought a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to a sold-out United Center on March 14.

Opening up for the legendary rock band was New York Americana band JD & The Straight Shot, who have opened for some big name performers including ZZ Top, Keith Urban and The Doobie Brothers. Between vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely, bassist Byron House, violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver, drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, their 10-song set list was the perfect start to the evening.

Their acapella rendition of Three Dog Night’s “Shambala” and tracks from their latest release, Good Luck and Good Night, make it easy to see why the band has opened for so many well-known acts. Each musician has their own impressive resume, and each took a moment to shine on stage.

The Eagles hit the stage in silhouette and in perfect harmony as the entire crowd rose to their feet. Though a few faces have changed, the core sound of the band has remained the same. Pretty early on in the set newcomer Deacon Frey, son of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey who passed in 2016, took the lead on “Take It Easy”, while country star Vince Gill waited in the shadows for a bit before shining in “New Kid In Town”. 

During the 28-song and nearly three hour set, the band played all their hits plus a few Joe Walsh covers. The night ended with a special encore performance of “Desperado” and the band’s biggest hit, “Hotel California”.

A night of legendary, powerful performers graced the stage of the United Center, giving a crowd of generations hours of pure entertainment. Both the Eagles and JD & the Straight Shot’s sets glowed with genuine passion, dazzling harmonies and once-in-a-lifetime memories.