REVIEW: Illegal Eagles at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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I am always slightly wary of tribute bands, but from the opening notes of Take it Easy, it was obvious that the Illegal Eagles are in a class of their own.

Their tight vocal harmonies and guitar sound perfectly captured the 70s and 80s feel of The Eagles.

Garreth Hicklin’s version of Desperado had the audience hanging on his every word

Playing at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, the band took the enthusiastic audience on a trip through the Eagles back catalogue.

All our favourites were there - Lying Eyes, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise.

Garreth Hicklin’s version of Desperado had the audience hanging on his every word, and I particularly enjoyed the guitar solo I Dreamed There was no War by Keith Atack.

The band even did a short unplugged section which really showed just how good their harmonies are.

By the end of the evening, the audience were all on their feet, singing along as a forgotten favourite was played.

The Illegal Eagles finished the evening with Hotel California, and left us calling for more.

I missed this group the last time they were in the area, but they were definitely worth the wait.

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