Put Don Henley and some famous friends in the intimate Union Hall and give them two hours and 45 minutes to play around. The results: A solid afternoon of music that moved a boomer-heavy crowd to blissful proportions.
Opening with a sweet harmonic Mr. Tambourine Man by ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn and Bruce Hornsby, the afternoon show got off to a brisk start. The good vibes continued with Hornsby's three-song set, marked by a heartfelt Mandolin Rain.
Hornsby stuck around to play The End of the Innocence, which was used to bring out Henley, all dry wit and dynamic vocals. A soulful take on Leonard Cohen's pessimistic Everybody Knows fit in with Henley's image as bemused cynic. With fellow Eagle Timothy B. Schmit on board, a few of that band's tunes were trotted out. A vibrant Stevie Nicks joined Henley for Leather and Lace. A gentle Landslide highlighted her too-short time on stage.
For the finale of Sunday's show, a fund-raiser for the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, the principals offered My Back Pages, a nicely sentimental end to an afternoon heavy on nostalgia.
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