Friday, June 22, 2018

Classic Albums Live presents The Eagles – Hotel California

Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? Classic Albums Live does. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

“This has never been done before,” says series producer Craig Martin. “There’s a real thirst to hear these albums performed start to finish. For many of us this is the music we grew up with — the soundtrack of our lives.”

“All of our focus is put into the music,” says Martin. “We perform the works of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin the same way an orchestra performs the works of Mozart. We don’t bother with imitation or impersonation. The bands are big — upwards of eleven pieces. We research these albums and go to great lengths to reproduce each and every sound live. We never use tape or computers. We’ll bring in a children’s choir, a sitar player, a string quartet, whatever it takes to get it right.”

Each album calls for a new group of musicians. “That’s the real challenge,” says Martin, “Finding the right musicians for the right album. So far, we’ve been bang on with every performance.” Members of Nelly Furtado, Moist, Jesse Cook, Honeymoon Suite, David Usher, and the Headstones have all taken part in the performances.


Also appearing at the Ordway

Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
February 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Classic Albums Live presents Led Zeppelin II
April 28, 2018 | 7:30 pm


“Hotel California” by The Eagles

When Glenn Frey passed, we were all left scrambling for an answer. It was just after David Bowie had passed, and there was a sense of mild panic. It was as though the music we all grew up with was coming up on its expiration date.

The Eagles are the greatest American band. Inside of CAL, we’ve had long talks about this. Some argue for the Doors; others for Clearance Creedwater Revival. But it’s the Eagles. They sold the most records and their songs endure and will continue to endure for generations to follow.

We all have our personal image of what the Hotel California looks like. We can see ourselves in the lobby, we know what the staff looks like. We feel the vibe. That’s the secret ingredient in making a Classic Album – being able to insert yourself into the album.

Hotel California is one of the greatest albums ever made. There’s a reason why ‘New Kid in Town’ won a Grammy. The deep cuts – the ones that don’t get radio play – those are the ones that are like finding gold on a beach. ‘Wasted Time’ is the ultimate heartache song. ‘Pretty Maids All in A Row’ is Joe Walsh’s tour de force. And ‘The Last Resort’ should be taught in schools.

Classic Albums Live is simple in its quest: the best albums ever made, performed note for note, cut for cut. When you have amazing songs, a perfect album and a deep love of music, there’s nothing else needed. ‘Hotel California’ features CAL at it’s best. We plan to continue to pay this great work of art the ultimate respect.

Craig Martin
Founder and Music Director of Classic Albums Live