Eagles announce their final ever UK dates for 'Long Goodbye' farewell tour

22 January 2024, 14:33

Fear not UK-based Eagles fans: they're coming back to British shores before they call it a day.
Fear not UK-based Eagles fans: they're coming back to British shores before they call it a day. Picture: Getty

By Thomas Edward

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"You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye".

After over 50 years on the road, the final lyric to the Eagles' 1976 hit 'The Last Resort' now applies to the band's career as live performers.

The country rock legends have called time on their chapter as a live touring band, with the 'Long Goodbye' tour taking them throughout the US and the remainder of the world to say goodbye one last time.

As part of their final hurrah, Eagles have announced their final ever UK shows too, offering one last time for British fans to see them in the flesh.

At their BST Hyde Park headline concert in 2022, Don Henley cast doubts that they'd ever return to European shores.

During the show, Henley said: "In case we don’t pass this way again, I want to thank you all for embracing these songs, taking them into your hearts and your homes - we appreciate it."

They've dispelled any doubts however by announcing a three-show residency at Manchester's Co-op Live in May and June 2024.

It's also been confirmed that Steely Dan will be supporting the Eagles for each of the scheduled concerts.

The farewell performances will see the band – including Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey - celebrate over fifty years of their lauded career in music.

Accompanying the announcement of UK concert dates, the band said in a press statement: "The Eagles have had a miraculous 52-year odyssey, performing for people all over the globe; keeping the music alive in the face of tragic losses, upheavals and setbacks of many kinds."

"Credit and thanks go to our longtime management team, our dedicated road crew, and our exceptional backup musicians for providing skilled and steadfast support, throughout these many years."

"We know how fortunate we are, and we are truly grateful. Our long run has lasted far longer than any of us ever dreamed," they continue.

"But, everything has its time, and the time has come for us to close the circle. The official farewell tour is currently underway. We want to give all our fans a chance to see us on this final round. So, scheduling information will be released as dates are set."

"The difficulties of booking venues for multiple nights may require us to return to certain cities, depending on demand. But, we hope to see as many of you as we can, before we finish up."

"Most importantly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embracing this band and its music. At the end of the day, you are the reason we have been able to carry on for over five decades. This is our swan song, but the music goes on and on."

The press statement suggests that the Eagles are open to scheduling more UK dates. (Photo by Gems/Redferns)
The press statement suggests that the Eagles are open to scheduling more UK dates. (Photo by Gems/Redferns). Picture: Getty

Alongside their three-night residency in Manchester from 31st May to 4th June 2024, the Eagles have also confirmed a date at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Holland.

However, by the sounds of the statement, it looks like the band is keeping potential dates open to perform in other cities if the demand to see them in there.

They're sure to perform a swathe of classic numbers like 'Hotel California', 'Take It Easy', 'One Of These Nights' and 'Desperado' throughout each night, as well as pay tribute to the band's co-founder and original bassist Randy Meisner - who also performed lead vocals on 'Take It To The Limit' - who passed away in 2023.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 26th January 2024 at 10am GMT from here. Alternatively, fans can access pre-sales at the same link from Wednesday 24th January 2024 at 10am GMT.