View Full Version : Don Henley at Harvey's Lake Tahoe 7/24/16

07-27-2016, 12:23 PM
What a wonderful evening at Harvey's Outdoor Concert venue in Lake Tahoe. We try to catch a concert here every year, but the last one we saw there was the Eagles HOTE tour in September, 2014. I feel so blessed to have seen that show so we especially wanted to see Don Henley here.

The show started around 8:00 pm which meant the sun had just started setting, which also meant people were not in their seats when they opened with Seven Bridges. The song was fabulous but since at least half of the people were still milling about and so many people taking their seats around us we didn't get to enjoy the song. Someone at Harvey's should have started announcing 15 minutes before the show started for people to take their seats.

Our seats were center stage about 30 rows back and after two songs there were still 3 full long rows of seats in front of us with no one in them. It was so obvious and strange. Don finally said "guess the rich people haven't arrived yet" which I found incredibly funny. The Celebrity Golf tournament had just ended that day and I figured these were comp tickets to all the VIP's attending that event or the casino high rollers and they didn't show up. After the first 5 songs, many people in my section started moving up which filled those seats in. It didn't look so bizarre after that.

Don's voice was in good form, not great, but he had just performed the night before in Berkeley. I would think back-to-back concerts take a toll. The band was incredible and the three female singers were wonderful. I had read another review that said the females were not dressed appropriately, but they looked fine for this concert. Maybe someone took notice or it was because it was a night time show.

One of the special moments came early after singing "Sunset Grill". People cheered after the song, but the applause grew louder and louder for about 2-3 minutes with a standing ovation. Even Don looked a little humbled by that.

When we saw the Eagles in Sept 2014, I don't remember Don speaking at all so it was nice to hear him and see his personality. He was incredibly witty and charming. One of the things he battled all night were the bugs in the white lights on stage. Very funny talking about that and before the girls sang the solo he said he was leaving the stage to find a can of "Off" so he could douse himself in it.

He did mention a couple of times the challenge of performing in the 6000 ft altitude which I am certain is very hard. Even I take it easy whenever we go during the first day let alone singing for two hours.

My only disappointment was Don did not perform "All She Wants to Do Is Dance". I was expecting it as an encore, but Harvey's has a time restriction for their concerts because it is in a neighborhood so he cut it. Don's last song was Desperado and only said "this is for Glenn". Everyone cheered wildly. The concert ending up being around 2 hours and 5 minutes.

All in all, great crowd (once they arrived and sat down) great venue and great evening with Don Henley and his fantastic band!

07-27-2016, 01:31 PM
Thanks for your review, EDF! So glad you came in to give your thoughts! Sounds like Don did not disappoint, which he never does!

And welcome to the Border!

07-27-2016, 03:21 PM
Thank you! I've been a member for a while just never saw the email to subscribe so I could post. What was also wonderful was all the people we were sitting around saw that Eagles show in Sept, 2014 which was simply incredible. I just got cold chills thinking about it. To be sitting around all of these great Eagles and Glenn and Don fans Sunday night was awesome!

My husband also shares Don's July 22 birthday, just a few years younger. He isn't as much as a music fan as I am, but he lets me drag him to all of my outings. I am very lucky!

07-27-2016, 03:57 PM
Welcome, EDF. :-)

07-27-2016, 05:34 PM
Thank you LuvTim! I now live near Tim's hometown of Sacramento. He is quite the celebrity here as he should be.

07-27-2016, 05:37 PM
Welcome from me, too. And thanks for your review.

My hubby sounds like yours. When I got tickets for the HFO show back in 1994, he bailed at the last minute. We were going with a group so I wasn't completely stranded. He enjoyed the Berkeley show, especially when Don shared his stories and engaged with the crowd. I was shocked that he recognized "When I Stop Dreaming." He used to listen to a lot of country music before we met and I guess the tune stuck with him.

07-27-2016, 05:49 PM
Thank you LuvTim! I now live near Tim's hometown of Sacramento. He is quite the celebrity here as he should be.

You lucky duck! I used to live just south of Sacramento. Loved it there.

Hope you have a lot of fun here at the Border. :-)

Ive always been a dreamer
07-27-2016, 06:50 PM
Welcome from me as well, EDF. Thank you for the review. Fan reviews are always the best and most enjoyable, IMHO. :thumbsup:

07-27-2016, 08:36 PM
Welcome EDF and thanks for your review too!!! :D

07-27-2016, 10:10 PM
Thank you to all the wonderful members for your welcome. I told Sodascouts (and thank you for activating my account) in a private message I saw the Eagles when I was 18 in 1974 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Dan Fogelberg opened that show. Maybe there is someone on this board that was at that show too! Then again 40 years later at Tahoe in Sept 2014. What a full circle life moment. Only wish I had seen them live 100 times in between. I do have many of the live DVD's and like many of you have said in these posts hopefully there is a DVD/CD of the live shows of the HOTE tour.

07-28-2016, 08:29 PM
Welcome to the Border, EaglesDoFly! Thanks for your detailed review of the Lake Tahoe show!

I missed him by a day, since my dad decided to do a spur of the moment trip to Tahoe for Monday and Tuesday. I talked to somebody at the pool, and they said that you could have heard the concert from the pool deck at Harveys. However, I did like seeing his poster everywhere in Harrahs and Harveys.

07-28-2016, 09:11 PM
Yes people hang outside to listen to the concerts for free. It's one reason they won't let people on the top floor of the parking garage. When we checked into Harvey's we turned down a room that looked right over that concert area because it was two queens and not a king. We didn't realize the room number was where it was. We could have at least heard sound check and watched them take down the set. Darn. I hope there is a next time. If so we will be there! The one song from the show I am completely obsessed with is "How Bad Do You Want It". I completely forgot about that song until hearing it. Must have listened to it 100 times since seeing the show Sunday. Trying to talk my husband into going to Winstar on New Years Eve for that show but so far he says "no". :sigh:

07-29-2016, 12:36 PM
So glad we got everything sorted out so you could post, EDF. Great review!