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THE EAGLES SHOW (article first published : 2008-07-16; last edited : [an error occurred while processing this directive])

The setting for the Dockyard Supper Theatre’s new production, The Eagles Show, is simple, with crates which have “Eagles” printed on them. Lead vocalist Stuart Mey and daughter Nicky Mey, sat back and crooned the Eagles songs. The “potpourri” of eight band members (seniors and juniors), produced a “generic sound” of the Eagles. The show is laid-back or, as Stuart quips “loitering on stage”, with Stuart himself reminiscing about how he got hooked on Eagles music way back in 1973, when he first listened to Tequila Sunrise on a record!

Expect to hear the credit card song Take It To The Limit, Lying Eyes, which is said to be the closest the Eagles have come to writing a soap opera, and Best Of My Love which is guaranteed to have you win your girl at a dance. Memories of old school friends come back with New Kid In Town.

In 1980 the Eagles broke up. Some 14 years later in 1994, they reunited and wrote and performed the spine-chilling New York Minute, which talks about how everything can change in a minute. These lyrics spell out to the minute the bombing of The World Trade Centre.

This music offering has Andy Turrell on lead guitar and pedal steel; bass guitarist and co-music director Glen Turrell; David Knott on lead guitar; Nicky Mey, the only rose amongst the “thorns”, on vocals; musical director, lead guitar, keyboards and ex four Jacks and a Jill member, Bruce Boome; drummer Neil Singh; Wade Wight on keyboard and vocals; and the Eagles biggest fan, Stuart Mey on lead vocals. This Dockyard Showband spelt MAGIC!

It was an amazing evening to be remembered for Eagles fans and new Eagles fans alike. Love Will Keep Us Alive from the Hell Freezes Over album was beautifully performed by Nicky Mey. The Dockyard Eagles also performed Heartache Tonight, One Of These Nights, Long Run, my all-time favourite Hotel California as well as songs off their latest album and many more.

The Eagles show runs until August 3. Tickets R140 per person include the show and a two course dinner. Starters are chicken wings, butternut soup or my choice of peri peri steak fingers. On the main menu is Natal prawn curry, chicken fajita, my favourite of grilled sirloin steak and vegetarian lasagne. Desserts are an optional R25.

Booking on 031 201 9147 is essential. – Pauline Dalais




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