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THE LEGEND OF EAGLES (article first published : 2001-11-3)

The music of the legendary 60’s group played with respect and devotion to style by nine highly accomplished musicians – five of them guitarists – is what audiences will enjoy with The Legend of Eagles. Producer Stuart Mey promised that the show would be the closest thing to going to a real Eagles concert and with the extensive technology of the Unit 6 theatre, he’s certainly right – although the stage is obviously a whole heap smaller!

Unit 6 is one of the best technically-equipped theatres in Durban so the lighting and sound quality for this show was superb. I have to admit, though, to experiencing a feeling of unease whenever I see dramatic smoke effects these days. They conjure up too painfully those awful images of Ground Zero of the World Trade Centre when smoke rose for weeks on end from what was, in essence, a funeral pyre.

Indeed, Stuart Mey alludes to this turning point in history when he introduces one of the songs, New York Minute. Written at least 12 years ago by the Eagles multi-talented drummer and songwriter Don Henley, the lyrics are tailor-made for the aftermath of September 11, a date now ingrained in the minds of millions of people worldwide.

While Stuart Mey is a genial and efficient host, it would have been nice to have heard more of the individual vocal talents of some of the other members. I remember being impressed by Dave Atkinson’s solo number in Those Were the Days and both Glen and Andrew Turrell sang in The Guitar That Rocked the World. Certainly Dawn Selby and Nicky Mey handled good solos, particularly Dawn’s Love Will Keep Us Alive but the two could have been more widely utilised.

Nice to see two fathers appearing with their equally talented offspring: Stuart Mey with daughter Nicky, and Glen Turrell with son Andy who has some dramatic duos with veteran guitarist Gerald Knott. Making up the rest of the group are guitarist Riaan Jacobsz, another good vocalist, and Ian Webster on drums.

All the well-known numbers are there Heartache Tonight, The Heat is On, Get Over It, Hotel California and Desperado.

The show has now been extended for an extra performance tomorrow night (November 4) at 18h00 for 18h30 at Unit 6 at Springfield Park. Tickets are R45 from Unit 6 or Rhythmic Beat in Umgeni Road. Optional meal at an extra R35pp. Book via Peter Court or De Wet Wraight on 579-1230.




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