The summer tour season, shaping up to be the biggest in recent memory, just got a bit more crowded as the Eagles confirmed they will reunite for a series of concert dates. The band also is expected to participate in a TV taping from which a reunion album will be created.
A statement announcing the tour, headlined “Extra!!! Hell Freezes Over” (that’s when Don Henley used to say the band would reunite), was released Wednesday by Irving Azoff, Giant Records owner and the chief architect of the reunion and tour.
“As has been reported by meteorologists throughout the nation, this has been a year of strange weather — floods in the Midwest; record snowfalls in the Northeast; bitter cold in the South; drought, fires, earthquakes and floods in the Southwest. And now, if all that weren’t enough, the Eagles have decided to get back together. Coming to a venue near you this summer. Bring warm clothing.”
The Eagles reunion also will involve a televised taping, from which an album will be culled. While the format is being determined, Azoff denied rumors of an “Unplugged”-style taping for MTV.
Azoff said the taping format is undetermined, but being discussed are an HBO special, a pay-per-view event or something non-“Unplugged” for MTV.
Sources said a taping for MTV is tentatively set for the third week in April in Los Angeles; however, Azoff said nothing has been confirmed.
But while the reunion hurdle appears to have been resolved, with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Felder hitting the road, the plans for a reunion album appear mired in legal wranglings.
Henley and Frey are involved in lawsuits with their respective labels, both attempting to extricate themselves from their recording pacts by testing the seven-year legal statute on personal service contracts. Henley has told Geffen Records he will no longer record for them, while Frey was recently sued for $ 5 million by MCA when he gave the label a similar notification.
The Eagles’ summer tour will join road trips by the Stones, a limited run by Barbra Streisand and concerts by Pink Floyd.
The Eagles are expected to focus mainly on arenas and amphitheaters, with 15, 000-seat averages. Two tour legs, an east-to-west run, then west-to-east, are on the drawing board.
The band is expected to hit the road in a full-scale outing as early as next month, with as many as 70 dates being considered.