10 May 2015
Reviewed by Karen Crielly
Getting to Buxton has got to be easier than the magical mystery tour that my satnav took us on yesterday, it was around an hour through some lovely countryside from Manchester so not an unreasonable journey. Once we arrived the Opera House was easy to find in the middle of town and parking is easy and plentiful with either free on street after 6pm, (but be aware there are dedicated parking bays for permit holders use only) or there is free parking at the Pavilion Gardens just a couple of minutes walk away behind the theatre. We parked literally across the road from front door.
The Opera House itself is a magnificent example of Edwardian grandeur; with its beautiful frontage and interior including the fabulously decorated ceilings, with its beautiful angels and gilded harps, it has been beautifully maintained since it’s restoration in 2001. We were directed quickly and efficiently to our seats in the Upper Circle and even from there the view of the stage was fantastic. There were plenty of bars and toilets on each level. We were served quickly by the staff and pre-ordered our interval drinks, though there didn’t seem to be any problems getting served before the second half started.
I had seen The Eagles in concert so I was unsure what to expect from a tribute band. There are 6 members of this group Keith Atack, Phil Aldridge, Al Vosper, Darin Murphy, Garreth Hicklin and Greg Webb, all played several instruments and interchanged between them seamlessly and there was a wonderful mix of acoustic and electric guitars.
The Illegal Eagles took to the stage promptly at 7.30pm and opened the show with Take It Easy. The acoustics in the theatre was fantastic; giving sound quality that was crisp and clear. They then went to sing all the big Eagle tunes, Desperado, Tequila Sunrise, Lying Eyes etc…, and a few lesser known songs like Midnight Flyer and James Dean, but then Keith Atack played I Dreamed There Was No More War and it gave me goose bumps it was so hauntingly well done. The atmosphere was buzzing as almost 900 people rocked along to their favourite songs, 2 hours of rocking good music, and banter from the guys, some audience participation that had everyone on their feet singing and clapping along really made for a wonderful night out.
After the show the band arranged a meet and greet where they happily chatted to everyone and signed programmes or cd’s but they were also happy to sign the flyer for the show that were freely available at the venue. They also posed for pictures with no charge as I have seen others do. So I came away a little hoarse from singing my heart out to songs I love and a couple of great reminders of the night in the form of a picture with guys and my programme singed by them all.
Would definitely recommend The Illegal Eagles for a great night out.
The Illegal Eagles are currently touring around the UK. For more information, tour dates and venues visit www.illegaleagles.com.
For other shows at Buxton Opera House visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190