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History of the Eagles (documentary on Showtime)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mwhip, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    I'm amazed that most groups and teams do an even split, but I guess anything else would make hanging out together a bit of a challenge. When you have what is a lead singer with backup band (not the Eagles), they still split 7 or 8 ways. Amazing.
     
  2. scooterboy

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    But they would be getting a bigger slice of the profits anyway because of the publishing rights (even playing live, I believe publishing fees are paid for every song that is performed). But theoretically they are all working just as hard while on stage.

    But he can afford to say that since he was a solo act before the Eagles and still can fill venues (albeit not arenas) by himself. Schmitt and Felder - not so much.

    I'm not sure that's so true of a typical "Johnny Singer and the Backups" type of group. Especially once they get past their chart-topping days and into the "nostalgia" type tours, when half the band are replaced with guys in their 20s. Often the backup band is on salary.

    Chuck Berry used to travel alone, and make each venue owner hire a band to play behind him. He was a crazy mofo anyway though. :)
     
  3. DougF

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    Watched Part 2 tonight. Frey sure is a smug SOB. I guess he's got the goods to back it up, though. Too bad Felder couldn't be satisfied with his place in the group. He's probably lost a lot of money in the last 12 years.
     
  4. ewolfr

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    For some reason my Tivo didn't pick up part two of this. But I managed to find the whole thing via "magical means"

    Look for: History.of.the.Eagles.2013.720p.HDTV.x264-2HD or History.of.the.Eagles.2013.HDTV.x264-2HD
     
  5. Howie

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    Crap, I haven't watched this. Recording scheduled.
     
  6. scooterboy

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    Found the same - looking forward to watching it.
     
  7. gchance

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    Watching the magic now. ;) My goal was to watch 20 or 30 minutes, then go to Crossfit. I've missed Crossfit, but now I get to watch it all straight through, heh.

    Greg
     
  8. dfergie

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    It's on today in one piece ...
     
  9. Howie

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    I watched it today. I really liked it, but I was disappointed several times when I was getting into the music and they just cut into it. And as someone said above, Linda Ronstadt was smoking back then. Holy Moly, I'd forgotten how good looking she was.
     
  10. RichardHead

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    Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, if you really enjoyed this you should immediately read Don Felder's Heaven and Hell for the other side of the story. Great read, great stories and a very different viewpoint of Henley and Fry.
     
  11. scooterboy

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    Finally got to watch this and it was pretty good, but while they spent plenty of time talking about the conflicts with Leadon, Meisner, and Felder they conveniently ignored the most damaging conflict of all - between Henley and Frey themselves. It got pretty nasty, and they completely glossed over it.

    The way it was presented, it looked like the last battle between Frey and Felder ended the band when in reality the worse problem was between Frey and Henley. Felder wasn't even a founding member. They could have replaced him and continued on just like they did Leadon and Meisner.

    To not even acknowledge that the real cause of the breakup was Frey/Henley and lay it at Felder's feet is disingenous at best.
     
  12. sharkster

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    This has been running on HBO again and I finally watched last night. I didn't know it was 3 hours, and it kept me up later than usual, but I loved it.

    Years ago (late 90s I believe) my husband really wanted to see them at one point, when they were going to be here. He asked me if I wanted to go. I was basically like 'meh, ok I guess'. Wow! It was the best concert I've ever attended. I don't know what was wrong with me that I didn't have proper respect for them. I guess I was too busy partying at the time and everything just mashed together, so I didn't actually realize all those songs were theirs. d'oh

    I didn't know all the ins and outs, and changes so it was very interesting. Of course, it's also a trip to see how they looked back in their heyday and then now. Most held up pretty well. The one guy (oh darn, forgot his name - first falsetto guy who was pretty cute young) actually almost scared me out of my chair when I saw him 'now'.
     
  13. super dave

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    I had read that book before I even watched the show, and only reading Felder's side I thought it was all Frey and Henley causing the problems. But last year, my Dad (the Leader of The Les Paul Trio that plays The Iridium every Monday night in NYC) booked Felder to play with The Trio. Because of the book and the interview I heard on Stern I called my Dad expecting to hear how great it was only to hear words from Dad's mouth I have never heard about another human being, "He's dead to me!"

    Turns out Felder is the problem, he was a prima donna, had his little drumming box and would only practice 2 songs with the band, then threw a fit grabbed his gear and left. Stood up anyone that purchased a ticket to see him, he was a no show that evening. My Dad was furious, calling him the most unprofessional piece of garbage he has ever worked with, and he has worked with them all. Changed my opinion,so when I watched The Showtime special I saw him entirely different, and the band members all stated all he did was complain about what everybody was getting always causing problems, and I now believe them.
     
  14. astrohip

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    Thread bump! Finally watched this; took a little longer than I planned. Really well done documentary. Been an Eagle's fan since... well, a long time ago.;) But never knew much about them.

    It's amazing how much video footage they have of the early days. They filmed everything!

    Is there anyone, of a certain age, who didn't make "Their Greatest Hits" one of the first albums you also bought on CD as you were updating your collection from records to CDs.
     
  15. Steveknj

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    Is this still just on Showtime or has it made it to streaming yet?
     
  16. Steveknj

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    The only version of Eagles Greatest Hits I own is still on vinyl. And it was my wife's from before we were married. The first Eagles I bought was Hotel California which came out after GH. That's the only Eagles album I own both on vinyl and CD. Of course, since, I have a turntable with a USB connection so own it all digitally now :)
     
  17. DougF

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    Well, Frey and Henley aren't stupid. They've had a license to print money since 1994 and I don't think they are going to let anything out there that shows them negatively if they can help it.
     
  18. mwhip

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    94? I think 74 is more like it. As they said in the documentary they started their own Eagles corp in the 70's to put all merchandising and publishing under.
     
  19. DougF

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    Sure, they've been raking it in for 40 years. But I think the reunion kinda kicked it up a notch. I would think their earnings jumped substantially then.
     
  20. Marco

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    Checked the listings and this is airing just once coming up, this Sunday afternoon (during football). DVR set. :)
     

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