This week in music: Eagles soar into Target Center, maybe with Leadon?

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Touring in support of their music documentary, "History of the Eagles," the iconic country rockers -- Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit -- fly into the Target Center in Minneapolis Wednesday.

It remains to be seen whether a big part of the Eagles' history -- Minneapolis native and original band member Bernie Leadon -- will join them onstage in his hometown. Leadon's time with the Eagles ended in 1975 when he reportedly poured a bottle of beer over Frey's head.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Leadon reunited with his old band mates during the Eagles' gig to end Summerfest in Wisconsin in July.

"For the second tune, Henley reflected on the band's beginnings when Frey told him about this terrific guitarist he knew, a guy named Leadon," wrote the Journal-Sentinel's Dave Tianen. "With that, Bernie came on stage to join his mates in an old Gene Clark tune, and he stayed on stage for the band's entire first set."

Tianen said Leadon wasn't onstage at all during the second set and the guitarist wasn't there for the band introductions.

"So his status appears to be a bit probationary," Tianen wrote. "But he clearly has his foot in the door."

Describing the show, Tianen called the format of the concert "essentially autobiographical, using some of the interview clips from the recent documentary 'History of the Eagles' to trace the band's evolution."

Reflecting how the band wasn't afraid to address lows as well as career highs, Tianen wrote, "It may not be easy, but the Eagles have obviously made their own separate peace with the past, and it allows them to share an amazing legacy in the twilight of their careers."

For fans of the Eagles' Leadon era, the chance of a Minneapolis reunion with the band appears favorable.

Also in July, Leadon turned up at shows in Cleveland and Philadelphia, according to Clevescene.com and Lehigh Valley Music.

Earlier this month, the Seattle Times reports, Leadon again appeared on stage with the Eagles for the band's show at Key Arena.

Also coming in concert this week:

Fargo, N.D., native Jonny Lang plays the State Theatre in Minneapolis Wednesday.

Darius Rucker plays Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino in Prior Lake Saturday.

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