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Monday, September 3, 2012


Good value for money with local band bringing a remarkably authentic sound. (Review by Rosanne Hurly)

Back by popular demand, a tribute to the legendary band The Eagles - Taking it Easy will be a delicious treat for fans of the band. Although The Eagles were a five piece band, this talented group of musicians directed by Dawn Selby number seven, and they have done a brilliant job bringing a remarkably authentic sound to the show.

With a talented line-up of musicians like Selby (keyboard and vocals), Barry Thomson (guitar and vocals), Andy Turrell (guitar), Riann Jacobsz (guitar),Shaun Dragt (guitar),and Mali Sewell (Drums), it would be near impossible not to create a winning combination.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, The Eagles became one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970's. They were a major force in popularising 'Country Rock' sound. By the end of the 20 century two of their albums, Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits ranked among the 20 best-selling albums according to the US Recording Industry Association of America. They broke up in 1980 but re-united in 1994 for the Hell Freezes Over album which was a mix of old and new numbers. In 2007, they came together again and brought out the album, Long Road out of Eden which won them two Grammys.

Expect to enjoy well-known Eagles numbers like Hotel California, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin’ Eyes, Get Over It and Heartache Tonight. I also thoroughly enjoyed Desperado, Johnny Come Lately and Take it Easy. It was interesting to hear some of the band’s more recent numbers which I had not heard before, like Long Road out of Eden.

The Heritage Theatre is a great venue, and well-suited to shows like this. We enjoyed the two course dishes on offer. The starter Vegetarian Mezze platter was very fresh and tasty accompanied by a superb vinaigrette sauce. Other starter options were Sweet Potato soup and Chicken salad. I believe the chicken salad was excellent and the honey mustard sauce was a big hit. As always, I selected the Vegetarian option, a Vegetable Stack. This was a well-presented dish but it needed some sort of starch with the vegetables. My husband enjoyed the fish dish. A special note of thanks must be extended to the host/Manager whose attention and service was excellent.

The Eagles - Taking it Easy runs at The Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest until September 23. It's good value for money with both the show and a two-course meal on offer for R195. There is also a show only option for R100. Bookings through The Heritage Theatre on 031 765 4197 or online at – Rosanne Hurly