Note: This post has been updated with clearer information on the pre-sale tickets, below.
Twenty years after bringing the groundbreaking Hell Freezes Over reunion tour to Rupp Arena, Eagles will return to the home of the Wildcats on July 25. Tickets will go on sale to the general public March 21.
It will be the only Kentucky date of the iconic band’s North American summer tour, and Rupp Arena directors counted it as a major coup.
“Following Garth Brooks’ unprecedented and very successful weekend of 4 consecutive performances in Rupp Arena last October, the sold out Miranda Lambert concert in January and the upcoming Taylor Swift tour scheduled for October of 2015, this additional major concert date signifies that the staff and board of Lexington Center are fully engaged and working to attract a broad range of entertainment acts to Rupp Arena,” Bill Owen, president and CEO of Lexington Center, said in a news release.
In recent years, Rupp Arena has faced increased competition from Louisville’s KFC Yum Center for dates on major tours. But the Brooks dates in October and November were his only Kentucky shows on his comeback tour. Swift visits the Yum Center in June and then comes back through for an Oct. 20 date at Rupp.
In the Lexington Center Corporation release, Board Chairman Brent Rice added, “I have a hunch we will continue to attract more name acts to Rupp Arena in the near future.”
The concert will be one of the dates on the band’s History of the Eagles Tour, which is currently winding up dates in New Zealand. The tour features original band members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh and a huge serving of the band’s catalog of hits such as Hotel California, Take it Easy and Life in the Fast Lane.
When the band came to Rupp 20 years ago this month, it was the first time the group had toured together in more than 15 years. Following their historic run together from 1971 to 1980, the group split up and members, Henley and Frey in particular, went on to successful solo careers in the 1980s.
The mid-1990s tour set precedents for reunion tours and ticket prices, topping $100 a seat at many venues. At Rupp Arena, tickets were $86 and $41, which Herald-Leader critic Walter Tunis said may have kept the concert, which attracted 16,500 fans, from being a sellout. But the ticket prices set a new standard for concert fare — for example, people are paying between $97 and $275 face value to see Prince in Louisville this weekend — and Tunis said the show was terrific, giving Henley’s vocals and the guitar work of Walsh and Don Felder, who is no longer with the group, particularly high marks.
Tunis wrote, “For nearly three hours, the groundbreaking rock group served up by-the- letter recitations of its many ’70s hits, a generous sampling of music from its members various solo careers, new tunes, acoustic songs and some formidable rock ‘n’roll. And all of it was tied up in a performance package that was razor-sharp from top to bottom.”
Tickets for the July concert go on sale to the general public beginning at 11 a.m. March 21 at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.com and the Rupp Arena box office. Advanced tickets will go on sale to American Express Card members beginning at 10 a.m. March 16 (we initially reported March 13 because we received incorrect information in a press release) and will be available through 10 p.m. March 19. To access the American Express pre-sale, go to Ticketmaster.com and click the American Express Card members box on the right. Rupp officials ask that you do not call them about the presale, as they have no involvement in it.
Rupp Arena will also have a First in Line Club presale. Click here to sign up for First in Line notification. Ticket prices and the show time have not been announced.