Eagles Forced Off Stage by 86 MPH Winds
The Eagles got a bit of a scare on Saturday night (Feb. 28). They had to briefly abandon their set in Australia due to a vicious storm that passed through Hanging Rock, an outdoor concert venue in Victoria.
According to the Bendigo Advertiser, three songs into the show, during "Tequila Sunrise," a thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 86 MPH swept through the area, causing the stage to shake. As you can barely see in the above video, a screen to the left of the stage came loose and was swinging over the crowd.
The article quotes one of their Facebook page's commenters as saying that Glenn Frey screamed, "Get out" and Don Henley said that the group would complete the set once the danger had passed. After a delay of 45 minutes, which Vintage Vinyl News reports involved the lowering of the other screens as a precaution and a re-positioning of their sound equipment, the Eagles returned to the stage. They did not take a break for intermission, as has been their custom.
Back in November, the Rolling Stones were forced to cancel a concert at the same venue due to a throat infection suffered by Mick Jagger. That show was originally scheduled to take place in March, but the death of Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, caused the band to postpone the rest of their tour.
The Eagles will remain down under for another two weeks. Their tour of Australia and New Zealand, which began in mid-February, will end on March 15 at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland.
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