Group spreads wings for seven-week tour

This article was corrected on April 22, 2002.

Veteran band the Eagles are heading out on the road again for the first time since its blockbuster Hell Freezes Over reunion tour in 1994-95.

The ’70s supergroup, which has sold more than 120 million records, will kick off a seven-week North American summer tour May 31 at Reno, Nev.’s Lawler Events Center. Lineup for the tour includes core members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.

The group’s outings seven years ago were among the most lucrative gigs in history. The 1994 leg of Hell Freezes Over grossed nearly $80 million, making it one of the top 10 tours of all time, according to tracker Pollstar. The second session in 1995 pulled in more than $63 million, making it that year’s biggest tour.

Get your tickets online

New tour also will mark the group’s first online pre-sale of tickets through an exclusive marketing deal with Web portal Yahoo! Web pre-sales are a growing and increasingly lucrative way for well-known bands to book a lot of touring revenues up front; last year’s Yahoo!-sponsored tour by alt-rock band Weezer sold out 90% of shows online before the first date.

Event will be presented by Anschutz Entertainment Group’s Concerts West division. Deal reps a major coup for the underdog concert promoter, which has been fighting an uphill battle for business against industry behemoth Clear Channel Entertainment.

Eagles pact follows Concert West’s earlier success in wooing teen queen Britney Spears’ upcoming national tour. Meanwhile, Clear Channel has struggled in recent months amid a tough economic backdrop, resulting in the ouster of co-chiefs of music Rodney Eckerman and Irv Zuckerman earlier this week.

However, Clear Channel Entertainment remains the 900-pound gorilla of the industry, lining up tours this year from hit acts like Paul McCartney, Creed, the Dave Matthews Band and Alicia Keys.

Sales at live-event promoter Clear Channel Entertainment rose 3.5% on a pro-forma basis to just under $2.5 billion in 2001.

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