14 April 2014
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
We had an absolutely fabulous evening watching the Illegal Eagles at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall. I love the Eagles music but had never seen a tribute band of theirs before and I am really glad I held out for the Illegal Eagles. Having played together off and on for 18 years, with the exception of one newer member, the harmonies were pitch perfect, so much so that sometimes you couldn’t tell who was singing.
If you can choose seats I would recommend getting one near the front so you can watch the amazing guitar players at work. There were five musicians playing guitar and one on drums but they all seemed to be able to play everything and often swapped between keyboards, guitars and drums.
The guitar playing really was incredible and I lost count of the amount of times the roadie brought in different guitars, each with its own unique sound.
The set started with Take It Easy, and went through all the hits such as Take It To The Limit, New Kid in Town and Desperado. They played for a good hour and then after a twenty minute interval were back with the Long Road to Eden and some 80’s tracks, such as Don Henley’s Boys of Summer, complete with shades!
Before playing each song was introduced by one of two members of the band, Al and Phil, with some dates and facts about when and why they were written. Each band member was introduced too with some history about who they had played with in the past. They obviously had a great friendship as well as being bandmates which showed in the way they spoke and acted on stage.
A great night and recommended.
The Illegal Eagles are currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.illegaleagles.com.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613