When an Eagle soars
Glenn Frey could easily put his feet up after such a stellar career but in Christchurch he delivered a fresh and vibrant show.
Performing songs at CBS Arena that make up the soundtrack of our lives, he never lost a beat, had the small but enthusiastic crowd in the palm of his hand and never let them go.
Best known for co-founding The Eagles, Frey has carved out a successful solo career but also, in more recent times, diversified into jazz, blues and music from the early parts of the 20th century.
His latest album, After Hours, is a tribute to his elderly parents and the music they grew up with.
Offerings from the likes of Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and even the Beach Boys were performed with gusto, respect and passion.
But this crowd wanted his trademark Eagles songs and there were plenty of those on offer.
Take It Easy, Peaceful, Easy Feeling, Take It To The Limit were devoured by a crowd hungry for them and he did not disappoint.
Coming back on stage for two encores, Frey clearly sensed what the audience wanted and he belted out Desperado with such energy and fervour, it sent shivers down my spine.
Highlights were plenty for me but I thought his jazz-heavy version of The Heat Is On and his rendition of You Belong To The City, his final act of the night, capped off a spectacular performance.
Frey seems to have not lost his mojo.Earlier, Dane Rumble warmed up the crowd with a set that grew as he warmed up with his brand spanking new song, You're Not Alone, a stand-out.