Harrah’s adds another Eagles concert to its outdoor lineup
April 18, 2005
As it turns out, tickets aren’t “already gone” to see the popular rock band, the Eagles. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has added another show to its outdoor summer concert series at Harveys in Stateline – Aug. 11, the first performance of the group’s California Tour this summer, the casino announced Monday.
Tickets to see Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt and Don Henley in action go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
“We got a lot of calls. The demand was really good. We wanted to make sure we give the locals the chance. Some said they couldn’t get through, so we just called up the band and added a show,” said Don Marrandino, Harrah’s President of Northern Nevada Operations, referring to the sold-out show slated for Aug. 20. “They’re one of my favorite bands, and I know it’s that way for a lot of people.”
The Eagles “Greatest Hits 1971-75” has sold more than 28 million copies, with hits spanning 30 years, including “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California” and “Already Gone.”
Tony Taibi, Henley’s road manager for the Eagles, is convinced the band has stood the test of time because of the harmony in the music.
“You hear them driving, and you automatically fall into the music. It tells a story. It touches people,” he said. “It’s been a great run.”
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The tours have taken Taibi all over the world, including Red Square – not bad for a band which started out in a station wagon. At the time he worked as a printer assistant, Taibi started with the band 31 years ago at a friend’s urging to drive a truck for a Florida gig in 1974. Two years later, he became the stage manager – a far cry from the barber his father almost sent him to school to become.
“One thing that gets me is the way the audience sings all the songs back (to the band). It’s spiritual,” he said.
Taibi stressed how the band got back together 12 years ago for about the same reason the members took a break from one another.
“It’s like a family. And when you see each other 24/7, it can get old, and you just say, ‘Let’s take a break,'” he said.
With more acts expected to be added, the Eagles will also play the summer concert arena Aug. 20 – a show that sold out in two days. Loggins and Messina will use the Stateline venue for their first reunion concert slated for July 15. Eight days later, a Chinese mega concert is also scheduled.