View Full Version : Dallas, TX 08-04-07

08-05-2007, 02:15 AM
Don performed Dirty Laundry, Sunset Grill, Witchy Woman, The Last Worthless Evening, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, The Heart Of The Matter, The Boys Of Summer, The End Of The Innocence, New York Minute, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Life In The Fast Lane, Desperado, Hotel California, and he closed with I Will Not Go Quietly.

Don didn't talk too much though but he did talk in the beginning. He didn't say anything about the new Eagles album. He talked after Dirty Laundry about how he sometimes dedicates it to Rupert Murdoch and has been dedicating it to Nancy Grace and how he finds it odd that Grace is her last name. He also talked about his car and how he used to watch Route 66 on tv and wanted a Corvette but he said he doesn't want one now that he's rich.

Don looked fabulous and he had his Converse sneakers on and he sounded great. Scott Crago and Will Hollis looked great too.

I bought a keychain from Don's tour and I also got a poster that they were handing out.

I also took pictures but I donít think they turned out that good but Iíll post some.

I was talking to the people who were sitting next to me about Don and I was telling them about the new Eagles album, Donís duet with Reba, MusiCares, how his duet with Kenny Rogers was nominated for a Grammy, and how he presented the album of the year at the grammys to the Dixie Chicks, and stuff and the lady said I should be a wikipedia entry on Don.

08-05-2007, 10:19 PM
Great review SH! Sounds like a great time! 8)

08-05-2007, 10:47 PM
Thanks Brooke! It was a great show. It was a lot of fun. 8)

08-06-2007, 01:56 AM
Well guys, I got home today and boy am I tired! While I'm going to delegate the extended review to DonFan, I'm going to give a few thoughts as well.

I decided to go pretty late, but luckily, I was able to stay with DonFan and a girl I shall refer to here as "HenleyHound". They are both tons of fun, let me tell ya! We had a blast! However, I was sitting alone, since I'd purchased the ticket so much later. It was a good seat - 10th row, the center-right section. Due to the way the venue was set up with shorter rows, it felt like fifth or sixth row to me. The view was great. Don looked INCREDIBLE. He was fit and sleek, with his hair combed back and his sharp black suit on, baby.

It was his hometown show and the energy was great, both from Don and from the crowd. I thought the crowd would be more sedate, but the majority was on its feet for the fast songs and there was even a rush to the stage! The rush happened about two-thirds of the way through during Boys of Summer. I'm just standing there, giddily dancing and singing along, when I see some people at the stage. I look to the right and the left - no one's moving, and I'm in the middle of the row. I hesitate for about one nanosecond before picking up my purse, sweetly saying "excuse me" to the ten people I climbed over, and high-tailing it down to the front. I got a position up at the stage a bit to Don's right and woah, what a view! I could actually see the sweat trickling down his flushed face and yes, I was "feeling the love" shall we say.

As Sweet Holly said, he opened with Dirty Laundry. In my opinion it's a great idea to open with a fast-paced hit, and it got the audience going from the first second. I'm of the opinion that when folks stand up to applaud you as you come out, you should play a fast song to keep 'em on their feet! He nailed it vocally, as he did consistently through the night. He was so "on." I actually felt lucky to be at the show.

Some of my favorite moments:
-The way Don sang Witchy Woman; so sexy and sensual, more so than when you hear it on the album.
-His new arrangement of End of the Innocence with the drawn out, nearly acapella first verse. It was so affecting that I got goose bumps. It's amazing how something that seems like a minor change can make such a huge emotional impact.
-His killer delivery of I Will Not Go Quietly. He rocked that so hard, with such attitude... it was AMAZING. (Since I had promised myself not to look at the set list before the show, I had no idea he was doing a song after Desperado at all. When he came back out for I Will Not Go Quietly, I was so thrilled that I jumped up and down shrieking on high heels - not easily done!)

That's just a few - there were so many great moments. Again, I'll let DF get more detailed.

We got a cute little poster for free on the way out. I will say the limited merchandise was disappointing but oh well, at least I wasn't tempted to spend more money. ;)

I think Don's performance was pretty much flawless in Dallas. In fact... I'll go ahead and say it... it was better than his show with my girl Stevie Nicks!

What a night.

08-06-2007, 11:01 AM
Wow, thanks for those reviews, Holly and Soda. What a terrific setlist, and I'd have loved to hear that version of The End Of The Innocence.

I liked your neighbours' comment about wikipedia, SH!

08-06-2007, 11:31 AM
Thanks Holly and Soda. :) Seems I missed a terrific Don concert, once again. :roll:

08-06-2007, 02:44 PM
Wow, Soda! Now that's doing something to beat out the performance with your girl, Stevie! Sounds like Don was quite something! So glad you got to go! 8)

08-06-2007, 07:09 PM
Wow, thanks for those reviews, Holly and Soda. What a terrific setlist, and I'd have loved to hear that version of The End Of The Innocence.

I liked your neighbours' comment about wikipedia, SH!
The End Of The Innocence was so fabulous.

I liked that comment too. I could write a biography about Don if I wanted too. I could probably write a biography about all the guys. :D 8)

Ive always been a dreamer
08-06-2007, 08:26 PM
Thanks from me too about the reviews ladies. It sounds like you all had an incredible time at an incredible show. I'm so glad for all of you that were able to go. I know what a thrill it must have been for you all.

08-06-2007, 08:40 PM
It was so much fun and I was so glad that my mom bought me the ticket as a reward for my weight loss even though my parents consider the Eagles and their solo music to be garbage even thoug she was a fan in the 70s and my dad took her on a date to an Eagles concert in the 70s.

08-07-2007, 10:37 AM
Well, ladies, after two fabulous Don shows in two states in two days, I am finally home, one tired but extremely happy camper. It was great meeting up with Soda and my buddy HenleyHound--I loved sharing the experience with them--we had a blast together! Soda and SH have already written good reviews of Dallas, but I will add my own thoughts.

The venue was great, wonderful acoustics, and although our seats weren't as close as Soda's, we were on the second row of the first tier, left side, with a great view. Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats opened and boy, did they "Rock This House"! Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders played a great set too. I'm not sure how old she is now, but she looked great in slim jeans and high heeled boots, rocking to songs such as "Don't Get Me Wrong" and "Brass in Pocket."

Finally we heard the opening chords of Dirty Laundry and Don took the stage, dressed mainly in black and looking terrific, and the hometown crowd in the packed auditorium greeted him with wild cheers. "Hello Dallas, it is good to be home," he said, adding, "At my age it is good to be anywhere!" He went right into Witchy Woman and said "I wrote this song in 1972--do any of you remember 1972? I don't!" and New York Minute, and before Sunset Grill he said something like, "This is about cheeseburgers and cruising down Route 66. When I was young I always wanted a Corvette--did any of you? Now that I am old I can afford one, but I don't want one anymore!"

Then we heard unfamiliar chords and knew we were in for something new. He stepped into the spotlight and sang almost acappella and very slowly, "Remember when the days were long and rode beneath the deep blue sky...I didn't have a care in the world with Mommy & Daddy standing by..."He sang the entire first verse of EOI that way, just the man and his voice, soaring out over the auditorium, and it was so moving and beautiful that I held my breath, afraid I would miss a note. That entire song was amazing!

Before his terrific version of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, he said, "I didn't write this song, but it seems appropriate." Then he got into the rock mode and we all rocked out as he sang BOS, ASWTDID, LITFL--when he sang, "Remember how you made me crazy? Remember how I made you scream?" HH and I both let out a huge scream and everyone around us laughed. He came back for his first encore of Hotel California (playing the congas at the end while Frank Simes nailed the guitar solo) and Desperado, and everyone in the audience screamed and clapped so long that he came back out for another encore--I Will Not Go Quietly. When I heard the first chords I screamed because I got my wish--I LOVE that song and have always wanted to see him perform it live. It was unbelievable watching him sing "C'mon over here baby, you're about to give me a heart attack--I want to wrap my lovin' arms around the small of your back..." Talk about a heart attack! :heart: More screams! Then he sincerely thanked the Dallas crowd and was gone.

Later, we talked to some other fans and found out that before the show Don's assistant, Tony, had escorted Sharon and all the Henley children plus their friends to a private viewing box in the balcony. Wonder what those kids think of the reception the appreciative Dallas crowd gave their famous father? Anyway, Soda, HH and I stayed up half the night, talking and giggling and reliving the concert, and we reluctantly took Soda to the airport before HH and I headed to OKC for the second show Sunday night. More on that show in the next post!