Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Eagles landed at the Target Center in Minneapolis Wednesday night, leaving local critics mixed in their reviews of the concert.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune wrote that the group was "predictably businesslike -- professional but not passionate, efficient but not energetic and seamless but not spontaneous."
The Eagles, touring in support of their "History of the Eagles" DVD documentary, appeared intent on educating their audience as much as entertaining them.
Bream said band co-founder Glenn Frey "seemed determined to turn Wednesday’s three-hour performance into a lecture demonstration at the College of Eagles Knowledge."
The band reportedly spent all but 40 minutes of the two-set show sitting and sharing stories between songs. The concert also included the return of group co-founder Bernie Leadon, a Minneapolis native who was invited to join the group to play on select songs for the tour. In addition to longtime band member Timothy B. Schmit, the group was joined by five other musicians.
Despite the lecture, apparently not all of the concert was drudgery. Bream wrote co-founder Don Henley "was in terrific voice, soaring better than ever (his has aged more impressively than Frey’s), and the harmonies were spot-on, though it took eight singers to produce them."
Ross Raihala of the Pioneer Press also noted the 65-year-old Henley's impressive vocals, but said he rarely smiled.
"Frey, 64, was a bit more jovial, even cracking the occasional joke between numbers," Raihala wrote.
Both critics agreed singer-guitarist Joe Walsh was the highlight of the show, especially after the group stood up from their chairs to let loose for the final 40 minutes of the concert.
"Walsh was the only one up there who looked like he was actually having fun, particularly when Henley and Frey let him run through a few of his own songs, including 'Life's Been Good' and 'Funk #49,' Raihala wrote.
In reference to the band's "History" lesson, Bream wrote that every lecture hall "needs a class clown" and Walsh deserves "a big raise" for being just that Wednesday night.
"He’s the Eagles’ most bankable in-concert asset," Bream noted.
Roughly 16,000 fans attended the sold-out show, and from Raihala's viewpoint, they were satisfied with what they heard and saw.
"If, indeed, this is the last time the Eagles tour, at least they left their audience grinning," Railhala said.