After a Year of Rumors, Eagles Land at Sphere for Eight Shows

Back in mid-2023, chatter was the Eagles would have a residency at The Sphere.

The eye-catching orb has finally confirmed the rumors: The Eagles will play eight shows, Sep. 20 through Oct. 19, 2024.

This is huge news if you ignore the fact Glenn Frey died in 2016 and the band’s last hit was in 1979, or 45 years ago.

Cue the marketing team at The California scrambling to think of a clever cross-promotion.

Does eight shows qualify as a residency? Barely.

Can the Eagles sell out eight shows? We don’t know. We definitely didn’t foresee Phish or Dead & Company packing them in.

The Sphere’s talent bookings have inspired a lot of head-scratching, and there’s more to come if rumors are to be believed.

Artists reportedly coming to Sphere include Beyonce, Harry Styles, The Weeknd and Zac Brown Band, whomever that might actually be.

It’s unclear why it’s taken so long between deals nearly being done and shows being announced.

Here are the show dates for the Eagles: September 20, 21, 27, 28 and Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 2024.

The tickets will cost about as much as those for the Sphere’s IMAX movie, “Postcards From Earth.”

Per the news release; “Tickets start at $175 and will reflect all-in pricing, meaning the ticket price listed is inclusive of taxes and fees. To ensure that tickets get directly into the hands of fans, advance Artist presale registration is available now at powered by Seated. The Artist presale begins Tuesday, June 18 at 10 AM PT. A Live Nation presale begins Thursday, June 20 at 10 AM PT.”

Live Nation and Ticketmaster are choosing their words very carefully since the Justice Department and 30 state and district attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Live Nation and its subsidiary, Ticketmaster, for “monopolization and other unlawful conduct that thwarts competition in markets across the live entertainment industry.”

To which concert ticket-buying public responded, “No shit, Sherlock.”

Anyway, the Eagles have a mind-blowing LinkedIn page: The band has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and topped the singles charts five times. They earned six Grammy awards and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The band’s Greatest Hits 1971-1977 is the best-selling album in history and was certified 38 times Platinum.

The Eagles currently feature Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the aforementioned Glenn Frey.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter all that much who’s in the band, it’s the Sphere. These shows pull out all the visual stops, which explains why many bands have passed on playing there. Many top acts don’t want to risk being swallowed up by the sensory overload.

The Eagles setlist isn’t too hard to predict, mostly because weirdos (sorry, superfans) post setlists for every concert, ever, on the Internet, including the covers: “Seven Bridges Road,” “Take It Easy,” “One of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It to the Limit,” “Witchy Woman,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “In the City,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “New Kid in Town,” “Life’s Been Good,” “Already Gone,” “The Boys of Summer,” “Funk #49,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Desperado,” “Heartache Tonight.”

Encore, wait for it: “Hotel California.”

The Eagles are a great get if you’re Venetian and Palazzo or Wynn (next door), as the older demographic is a perfect storm of disposable income.

We haven’t been able to ferret out the financial arrangement with the Eagles, but U2 got 90% of the box office revenue during their recent run.

As we first reported, Sphere is working on a yet-to-be-announced U2 film, along with more creative based upon “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Sphere apparently made money, even what that lopsided U2 deal, and the “Postcard” movie is packing them in, stealing ticket sales away from Cirque and other production shows in town.

The Eagles give country rock fans something to look forward to as Sphere figures itself out.