The Ultimate Eagles Are Here To Play 'Hotel California' At Canberra Theatre

Column: Features   |   Date Published: Sunday, 28 May 17   |   Author: Andrew Nardi   |   4 weeks, 1 day ago

ULTIMATE EAGLES are often dubbed the world’s greatest Eagles show; built on a powerful four-part vocal harmony and precise musical production, the legendary sounds of The Eagles are faithfully and brilliantly recreated by six world class musicians. Their first tour to Australia will feature all the classic Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue, including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It To The Limit’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more. BMA caught up with Ultimate Eagles member Danny Vaughn to find out what will make this tribute show special when it arrives in Canberra.

Why do you think people need to experience The Eagles’ music in a live setting?

The Eagles’ music has now reached a point where many of the songs have been with us for forty years. As an American, the songs are part of our culture and, at the height of the band’s popularity, they were absolutely everywhere. All these years later, that really hasn’t changed much. To many fans the music is something like hallowed ground. They know every note, every guitar solo, every nuance and so to bring that music to a live show is to attempt to make it seem even larger than life. It’s a daunting task but one that we in The Ultimate Eagles take very seriously.

Do you feel that something that The Eagles had has been lost in today’s music?

To a point, yes. Those were different days. In many ways technology has advanced the recording of music by leaps and bounds but there are some important aspects of the process that have been lost to some degree. There is something special that can happen when you lock extremely creative people away in an environment that is relatively uninterrupted by the outside world, wind them up and let them go. The Eagles had time to really shape and craft their ideas. That kind of time is a luxury that the current music industry can’t afford anymore.

Tell me about the experience you’ve had listening to The Eagles throughout your life.

Their music has always been there. To this day it’s everywhere on radios, in shopping malls, playing on Vegas casino PA systems and still being covered by bands at every level in most countries all around the world. For me, the experience is more about watching the effect that playing these songs has on people. In a sense, our job is simple because the audience already loves these songs dearly and are ready to be swept away by the music. Our job is to play and sing these songs well. If we accomplish that, then people are lifted and you can feel the intensity and happiness in the air.

Technically speaking, are there any Eagles songs that are more challenging to imitate? In terms of playing style or vocals?

Well none of them are simple. There are songs that are deceptive because they sound simple. But the genius in the Eagles’ songwriting was how subtle they could be about melody change and vocal arrangement. A song like ‘New Kid In Town’ has many layers of vocal lines that are never sung quite the same way twice. I believe that was Glenn Frey’s main role

in the band, and why he was referred to as “The Lone Arranger”. Of course, ‘Hotel California’ is always a work out, particularly for our guitarists.

What do you hope your audience will take away from this concert?

Our main goal is to play these songs with reverence mixed in with a lot of joy. So when you come to see The Ultimate Eagles play, we’re not a show band in the sense of, we don’t wear wigs and dress up to look like the actual members of The Eagles. What we try our best to do is to play all the fan favourites with a few surprises mixed in as close to the original versions as we can possibly get. The musicians in this band are all top-notch players, each with world tour experience and we enjoy playing this music together. We are also good friends off the stage and I think that comes across in our shows. So what we hope for is that the audience will sit back, relax, and let the music take them to a special place where they can spend the evening singing, dancing and clapping along. If they leave the theatre with an ear to ear smile on their faces, then our job is done!

Ultimate Eagles comes to Canberra Theatre Centre on Saturday June 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $89/109/129 + bf via



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