August 17 promises to be one of those nights as Hotel California returns to Del Crary Park

Hotel California, Canada’s Eagles tribute band, return to Del Crary Park on August 17, 2022 for the penultimate free-to-attend concert of the 35th season of Peterborough Musicfest. (Promotional picture)

Long before COVID, in Peterborough’s Del Crary Park, tribute band Hotel California took things to the limit, delighting thousands who not only lived through the Eagles’ successful years, but also reveled in the sound from Southern California that topped the music charts of the 1970s.

Six years to the day since that appearance at Peterborough Musicfest in 2016, Hotel California is still doing what it does so well: rekindling memories with its stunning Eagles tribute while lighting a spark for those who haven’t Lived that time but wish they had.

On Wednesday, August 17, Peterborough Musicfest once again hosts Hotel California in Del Crary Park for the penultimate concert of the festival’s 35th season.

Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is, as always, free.

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Co-founded in 1986 by Mike Dimoulas (guitars/keyboards/vocals), who are still going strong 36 years later, Hotel California remain the most popular Eagles tribute band on the circuit. Andy Lapointe (bass/vocals) is also a close lifer, having joined the team in 1987, with Al Langlade (guitars/vocals) and Kevin O’Donnell (drums/vocals) rounding out the current quartet.

In an April 2022 interview with Sean K. Thompson of Woodslands Online, Dimoulas recalled that there was a simple but sincere reason for forming the tribute.

“We formed the band because no one was doing The Eagles at the time and to be honest, they’re the best,” Dimoulas said. “Their songwriting skills are second to none and their music is second to none. Paying homage to their talents was a challenge we loved to take on.

VIDEO: Hotel California promotional video

Hotel California has certainly risen to this challenge and more. Serving up the Eagles’ extensive catalog of timeless hits with remarkable precision and musicality, the band continues to tour internationally, consistently attracting rave reviews while sharing stages with other 70s-era favorites such as The Doobie Brothers, Lynryd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon.

With five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards highlighting its resume, The Eagles have sold over 200 million albums to remain the best-selling American band of all time.

With the release in 1972 of their self-titled debut album and its hit singles “Take It Easy”, “Witchy Woman” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, the Eagles kept on going as later songs such as ” Desperado”, “One of These Nights”, “Take It To The Limit”, “New Kid In Town”, “Already Gone”, “Best Of My Love”, “The Long Run” and “Heartache Tonight” topped the radio charts throughout the 1970s.

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In the spring of 1977, the iconic “Hotel California” was released as a single and, to this day, is arguably the Eagles’ signature song.

After disbanding in 1980, the Eagles reunited 14 years later, recording the album hell is freezing and, four years later, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, the Eagles proved their stamina by Long road out of Edenthe band’s sixth studio album, rose to number one.

Don Henley is the only surviving original member of the Eagles, joined when it all started in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. Still active, the current Eagles roster includes Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmitt and Vince Gill alongside Henley.

VIDEO: “Hotel California” performed by The Eagles

“The Eagles are a band that has crossed genres and generations,” Dimoulas noted of the band’s enduring appeal. “They do rock, blues, ballads, country…the whole range of music.”

“They provided great music for young and old and everyone else. This is reflected in our own fans; we even had young children singing along to our songs at concerts because of their parents.

Each member of Hotel California sings to songs best suited to their range and vocal style. O’Donnell is a remarkable Henley resemblance, Langlade has Meisner and Schmitt on top, and Lapointe nails Walsh’s voice. Dimoulas, meanwhile, has mastered the Eagles’ signature guitar riffs – a double neck guitar never far from his reach.

VIDEO: The Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road” performed by Hotel California

“Our passion and enjoyment of music drives us to excel,” Dimoulas said. “Not only do we play note for note and stay as true to the original tunes as possible, but we also have what I like to call The Sound; the mesh of individual talent that the original Eagles also brought. That’s what the people want to hear.

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Peterborough Musicfest presents 16 free concerts during its landmark 35th anniversary season, each held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough.

Overseen by General Manager Tracey Randall and her staff, a Board of Directors and numerous volunteers, Peterborough Musicfest’s stated mission remains “to provide diverse and affordable live music to enrich the cultural and economic prosperity of our community”.

For more information on this concert or the entire 2022 season, visit www.ptbomusicfest.ca or call the Peterborough Musicfest office at 705-755-1111.

Nicholas E. Crittendon