With tickets for this show priced between £50 and £100, fans shelling out their hard-earned cash had a right to expect something special – and that’s exactly what they got.
For more than two and a half hours the band served up new songs and old classics, never allowing pace to drop.
The four main members – Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit – were dressed alike, in dark suits, white shirts and black ties, mirroring the slick and sophisticated performance on offer.
But with eight additional musicians on stage, including guitarist Steuart Smith, who could be considered the fifth Eagle, they were able to replicate the smooth sound achieved in the studio.
Opening the first of two NIA gigs with three songs from their new album could be considered risky but the quality of How Long, I Don’t Want To Hear Any More and Guilty Of The Crime meant they went down well with the crowd.
Then the plaintive strains of a trumpet and the cover of best-selling album Hotel California projected on the screen signalled that record’s title track.
‘Give the people what they want’ seems to be the Eagles’ motto so the rest of the hour long first half saw the likes of Witchy Woman, Lyin’ Eyes and Peaceful Easy Feeling given an airing, with each member taking a turn on lead vocals.
The second half had a mellow opening as the quartet perched on stools for a semi acoustic session of three more new songs, then Love Will Keep Us Alive and Take It To The Limit.
Then there was a surprise contender for gig highlight as Long Road Out Of Eden, the song, was rolled out.
After another huge ovation the favourites came thick and fast – Life’s Been Good, a frantic Dirty Laundry from Don Henley and a terrific Heartache Tonight fronted by Frey.
Even after two and a half hours there was an appetite for more and Take It Easy and Desperado, sung by Henley under a single spotlight, didn’t disappoint as an encore.