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Eagles set to wow Taiwanese with weekend shows

Staff writer, with CNA

The Eagles arrived quietly in Taiwan on Thursday night, but the two concerts the legendary band will stage this weekend in front of thousands of Taiwanese fans for the first time are sure to be anything but sedate.

For many Eagles fans, the arrival in Taiwan of the multi-Grammy Award-winning band that rose to fame with hits such as Hotel California, Take It Easy and Desperado is long overdue.

Here as part of their “Long Road Out Of Eden” world tour, the band were originally scheduled to play just one show today. However, due to popular demand, a second show was added for tomorrow at the last minute.

NO PLACES LEFT

With the Eagles having “run out of places” to perform, the group’s guitarist Joe Walsh said the chance to hold a concert in Taiwan for the first time was an exciting adventure and he assured fans that the band were ready to give them the time of their life.

At a press conference yesterday, the four members of the band — Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Timothy Schmit — summed up the secret to their success with three words: “Work, work, work.”

PRACTICE MAKES...

“Work on your craft,” said drummer and singer Henley, who stressed the importance of “honing your skills and treating music as a serious business.”

“You have to work on what you love. It is not just a hobby,” he added.

DIFFERENT ERA

To Henley, too many of the so-called musicians today are merely celebrities, performers and fashion icons whose talents lie in fashion rather than music.

“We started in an era where music came first and that is the important thing,” Henley said.

Walsh also advised young would-be musicians to get out there, get over their stage fright and play in front of people.

“You don’t get good by just playing in your mother’s garage. You have to get in front of the people, whether it is 10 or 20, or 10,000 or 20,000 people,” he said.

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