View Full Version : Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater, 1/22/2017

01-23-2017, 01:52 AM
Hi all! I realize it's been a long time since I've posted here, and I'm doing so tonight because I absolutely must give kudos to Mr. Don Henley! This was the best solo show I've seen from him by far. It was unbelievable. This is the 7th Cass County show I've seen of his (8th if you count the Runaway event), and this topped them all.

I see where Soda posted the setlist from the Little Rock show, and the setlist tonight was exactly the same (including no Best of My Love), except he inserted a song I've never heard before. Rainy Night in Georgia, originally sung by Brooke Benton and written by Tony Joe White (I think...it's not like you can get your cell phone out and take notes.) He said they worked it up three hours before, and it was definitely appropriate, as the weather here has been rainy my entire trip. He did a fantastic job on it, it suited his voice, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The crowd was fantastic. Simply fantastic. It's the best crowd I've been a part of that I can remember. Probably since the Atlanta Falcons won the NFC Championship a few hours earlier, everyone was in a good mood, and they were ready to party. They enjoyed the intro with the radios, but I have to say, when they all came out and did an absolutely amazing job on Seven Bridges Road, the crowd was totally hooked. After giving a standing ovation for it, most stayed standing for Dirty Laundry. The crowd sang along to nearly every song, and they seemed to appreciate the songs from Cass County. Of course, when an audience gives such great feedback, it drives those on stage to be even better. Don, at least, was jumping around at times, and he smiled a lot and looked like he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

He didn't say 'for Glenn' before Wasted Time and Desperado, but he did say it was a rough year and we lost a lot of people, including his good friend Glenn Frey. He said something else there as well, but I could not hear it.

I very nearly sold my ticket for this show, if I wouldn't have had to take the hit on airfare and prepaid hotel, I might have. My Steelers were playing in the AFC Championship game, and I have not missed watching a Steeler playoff game since about 1974 or 1975, and have only missed watching a handful of regular games in my entire life. Even without taking into consideration how the Steelers played tonight (or didn't play, as the case may be), Don definitely made it worthwhile. (My brother texted me frequently with game updates, and in spite of being front row center, I don't think anyone noticed me glancing at my phone).

There were people using their phones during the first couple of songs, and Don nicely asked them to stop, saying he'd make a deal with them, they could video and take pictures during the song about the hotel later in the show. So, expect to see a few put up on YouTube, I imagine.

One other thing, as each of the ladies sang their parts in the duets, as their parts came to an end, the crowd applauded even though the song was still going on, and Don was quite pleased by that. It was a very appreciative crowd, but then again, everyone on stage knocked it out of the park, and gave us a lot to appreciate.

It's still bittersweet for me to listen to the Eagles songs, and even his solo songs that I've seen the Eagles perform. For some reason, tonight it was hard to hear One of These Nights. All I could think about was how much I missed seeing Glenn on stage. Still, I could appreciate the great job they did on it, and how much the crowd enjoyed it.

It wouldn't be a complete review from if I didn't include what a fantastic job he did on The Heart of the Matter. I absolutely love love love this song, and while he always does a great job, he put a lot of passion into it tonight, which is hard to do since for this tour he plays the guitar on it instead of just holding the microphone. This is the last show of Don's I have scheduled, I hope he schedules more for the summer or fall. As long as he continues to perform The Heart of the Matter, I'll continue to follow him around the country. I like all his other songs, of course, but THOTM is a song above all other (secular) songs in my book.

In case you hadn't noticed, I thought it a fantastic show. :D

01-23-2017, 07:35 AM
So glad to hear from you again VA and I'm delighted Don didn't disappoint...but then he never does :)

Great review and I love how he tries to personalise the shows even though they're basically the same set, eg: singing Rainy night in Georgia and wearing a green shirt here.

I just wish I had the chance to see him again :jealous:

Houston Baby
01-23-2017, 07:44 AM
How good was the show VA? :D
Georgia has had a rough time of it weather wise so it was great that Don gave an outstanding performance for them.
And sorry that your beloved Steelers let you down.:brickwall:

I have been so busy with work that I have not had a chance to thank everyone for their great reviews. I have not been able to see Don on this tour so I have been living vicariously thru the reviews. Thanks everyone!! Your reviews have been great & detailed. :yay:

01-23-2017, 08:10 AM
VA. Its good to see you here.

What a great recap and Don during Rainy Night in Georgia. Ohh. I would had loved to hear that.

I guess us in Austin were lucky to get three songs before he dropped it(well except Talking to the Moon since he continue to sing that song until the last Texas shows).

Don is amazing and I'm glad I got the chance to see him.

I'm glad you had a great time and you didn't cancel your trip. It was definitely worth wild.

01-23-2017, 11:01 AM
I too was at the concert at the Fox in Atlanta last night. I thought Don was great!! Although in his soft spoken voice, I couldn't hear everything he said and I was sitting on row 11!! I imagine singing the old tunes is a form of healing for him. His rendition of a Rainy Night in Georgia (one of my all times fav) was very meaningful to me since I live in Georgia.He still rocks at 70! I only hope I can too when I reach that age! Had a lot of fun!!:

Houston Baby
01-23-2017, 11:18 AM
WELCOME to The Border SDW!!!
Don is an amazing talent!

01-23-2017, 05:09 PM
VA, I am so happy to see you posting here again.

Rainy Night In Georgia was actually one of the songs Glenn was going to include on After Hours but he couldn't get the key right. The song is a favourite of mine & I'm surprised you didn't know it.

01-23-2017, 05:13 PM
There's a version of Rainy Night In Georgia I loved. It was sung as a duet by the late Conway Twitty and Sam Moore back in 1993 for the Country, Rhythm and Blues album.

I bet Don did a great job especially when you only had one rehearsal for a song you probably never did in concert. I wonder if he did some long range or stayed at his tenor range.

Witchy Woman
01-23-2017, 08:35 PM
Glad to see you here again, VA. Great review !!

01-23-2017, 11:56 PM
How wonderful that you got to hear a special song! Now I wish I had gone. Thanks for the review!

01-24-2017, 09:12 AM
Va, thanks for your review. It's good to know you are keeping up your Eagles love.

01-24-2017, 10:12 AM
I was also at the Atlanta show Sunday night, and it was phenomenal! This was my first time seeing Don in concert, and while I expected great things, I was really blown away.

After reading reviews of his shows and loving the music for so long, it was almost surreal to see him in person. Can't pick a favorite moment - every song was great - but I loved seeing him do the really high parts at the end of Witchy Woman and when he rocked out and jumped in (I think) LITFL...you'd never believe he was pushing 70! Rainy Night in GA was also a treat, esp. since they put it together at the last minute. I thought the radio intro was very cool and clever as well.

He told a lot of the stories that folks have mentioned from other shows - That Old Flame inspiration, the Aspen girl, Sunset Grill, etc. But I love that he shares anecdotes like that and interacts with the audience - lets his charm and sense of humor shine!

Thought he absolutely brought down the house and seemed to be having a good time himself. I agree w/ VA that the audience was pretty fired up and gave a lot of props to the band & female singers as well, which Don seemed to appreciate.

He had on jeans, those boots, a white shirt, and a dark blazer/jacket. Here is a link to a photo gallery from our local paper - the slideshow seems buggy, but hopefully y'all can see the first couple pics at least.


(Adds some clarification on the hair/facial hair situation, which I confess I couldn't really make out from the balcony :lol:)

Anyway, it was an incredible show...wish I was headed to FL for another round!

01-24-2017, 11:00 AM
Here's HC from the Atlanta. Look at all those cell phones. lol


01-26-2017, 10:37 AM
Thanks for all the reviews and glad Don was in fine form and put on such a great show for you.

Don's looking great and I'm one that's glad he dropped the vest. I'd love to hear him do Rainy Night in Georgia! And he allowed videos? Amazing!

Welcome to the Border, BJB!

VA, sorry about you Steelers too.

01-26-2017, 09:43 PM
I was also at this show, it was fantastic. We were on the 9th row, I had an aisle seat just left of center. After Don asked the guy to put down his camera (I think it was the first song after 7 Bridges), he said if we would just wait until the song about the hotel we could use them. During the show the attendant monitored the front frequently, but as soon as the encores started people from behind us flooded the aisle in front and next to me. Everyone was videoing and live streaming the entire encores with no complaints from Don or security. Almost all of my videos and photos have arms and cameras in them.

Soda, you were first on my list had my son decided not to use his tickets. He decided since the Georgia Dome was only a couple of miles away and with riding MARTA he would make it to the concert, which he did even before the opening act.

01-28-2017, 12:01 AM
Thanks for thinking of me, PJ. I'm glad your son made it in plenty of time!

BJB - glad you enjoyed the show. Thanks for the link!

02-21-2017, 07:55 PM
Review and photos