The Eagles take Nashville to ‘Hotel California’ with marathon concert

A notice was not performed Thursday evening inside Bridgestone Arena till the album began spinning — basically. 

Prior to one cymbal splash or the strum of a guitar, a silent, stoic figure carrying head-to-toe black stepped on stage in downtown Nashville and pulled out an LP from beneath his arm. Keeping up an album sleeve solar-soaked artwork accented by blue neon words and phrases, he slipped out a vinyl document to roaring applause. He laid the album on a turntable positioned to one side of the phase and dropped the needle. 

A number of spins just after completing this nostalgic ritual and The Eagles appeared from behind a curtain to perform the opening notes to the band’s ultimate contribution to rock music canon: “Hotel California.” 

As if the grooves on the 45-year-outdated album popped to life within Bridgestone Arena, the band — featuring longtime members Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and adopted country wonderful Vince Gill — proceeded to complete “Lodge California” in its entirety.