A West Coast Eagle: from California to Kings Park, Glenn Frey swooped in to delight a Perth audience.

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Picture: Duncan Barnes

CONCERT
Glenn Frey and WASO
Kings Park
Sunday, February 24
REVIEW: SHIRLEY STEPHENSON

A West Coast Eagle: from California to Kings Park, Glenn Frey swooped in to delight a Perth audience. Oozing effortless cool in a sharp suit and with an even sharper band, Frey (pronounced Fry) made a lovely summer's evening in the park into something sublime.

Of course, he began with Eagles classics. After all, the founding member (with Don Henley) was the voice behind Tequila Sunrise, Peaceful Easy Feeling, New Kid in Town, Heartache Tonight . . . the list goes on.

My relationship with the Eagles got off to a bad start in the 70s when my then boyfriend parted company with me and Bob Dylan for the upstart Eagles. But who could resist those seamless harmonies and wistful words?

I fell in love, and remain so, even braving the rain-lashed Subiaco Oval in 2004 for the Eagles Hell Freezes Over reunion tour, which was a wonder. Could Frey and his mates top that? They took it to the limit.

Peaceful Easy Feeling kicked off the proceedings, with the packed audience getting into the laid-back vibe. Tequila Sunrise and Lyin' Eyes (dedicated charmingly to Frey's first wife) followed, then it was time for the new album, After Hours, a collection of covers from greats such as Burt Bacharach/Hal David and Randy Newman. "We've done a few Eagles numbers, now we can relax," Frey said.

Caroline No, written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, was a stand-out. Frey said when he was growing up in Detroit, Michigan, he fell in love with the Beach Boys and it's easy to hear the same California vibe, minus its innocence, in the Eagles. Route 66 was highlighted by Frey's lounge-lizard moves.

Then, enter the orchestra. WASO's players came on and gave us that magical anticipatory hiatus of tuning up. They were note perfect and melded seamlessly with Frey and his band.

The only Frey-penned song on the album, and written way back in 1985, the eponymous After Hours, ended the WASO collaboration until the encore.

Possibly Frey's best-known solo tracks, The Heat is On (from the film Beverly Hills Cop) and You Belong to the City (television's Miami Vice) rocked, but the evening was coming to an end.

Take it to the Limit and Desperado, written when Frey and Henley first got together in 1973, took the already happy audience to another singalong level, then Take it Easy ended the show. It was one of those nights you'll never forget.