The Eagles take off with the return to “Hotel California”: end of 2021, the big comeback
For the most part, the superstar acts that could weather the storm that was COVID in 2021 have hunkered down to wait. The Eagles, however, decided their fans had waited long enough for the resumption of their interrupted “Hotel California” tour and, after some delays, booked Madison Square Garden in New York for two shows on August 22 and 24.
Sometimes, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. The opening was forced to postpone, not by COVID but by Hurricane Henri which hit the Big Apple and caused a state of emergency to be declared.
But no matter – the show was pushed back just three days, and “Hotel California” was officially revived on August 24, on what was originally scheduled to be the second night of the MSG run.
And what a homecoming party it was.
The world’s most famous arena saw one of the best-selling bands of all time – both on record and ticket sales – bring a symphony orchestra and pack the joint for two cathartic nights for fans of the Eagles who had suffered enough thanks to the global pandemic and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers’ time off the road. Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, Deacon Frey, Vince Gill and company have let the world know that the Eagles – and New York City – are back, with 22,652 tickets sold and an amount gross of $5,378,437 on two glorious, touring cover nights.
It took a while to get there — the “Hotel California” tour officially kicked off on September 27, 2019, with three shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena, moving 37,578 tickets for a gross of $18,589,983.
Even with a truncated 2020, in which touring all but came to a halt in mid-March, Eagles came in at No. 7 on Pollstar’s Top 100 World Year-End Tour rankings with 33.6 million. dollars earned on 10 shows in four cities.
And the Eagles continue to bring it beyond those first shows of 2021 at Madison Square Garden.
The band, represented by Creative Artists Agency’s Rick Roskin and the team at Full Stop Management, ends Pollstar’s 2021 reporting period at No. 4 on this year’s Top 100 World Tour and Top 200 North American Tour charts. behind only “No” by the Rolling Stones. Filter” stadium tour, Harry Styles’ “Love On Tour” and the “Hella Mega Tour” of Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy stadiums.
The Eagles finished the year playing 23 shows in 12 cities, moving 257,584 tickets and generating $59.2 million in ticket sales since late August.
And the band kicks off in 2022, with more “Hotel California” dates resuming Feb. 19 at Enmark Arena in Savannah, Georgia, a 9,500-seat venue that will see its grand opening in January.
Before announcing the race which will run until May 19 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, Eagles had already announced a European leg which will visit the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
One thing is certain, after the release of Hotel California in late 1976, the band’s touring profile skyrocketed and remains so 45 years later.
So despite a tough year of COVID restrictions, uncertain travel and now recovery, 2021 hasn’t just been a waste of time. And the Eagles led the way.