I wrote a review about Talon last year when I saw them perform their acoustic tour which you can read about here. That particular tour only had four of the band, this show had the full squad of Chris Lloyd, Peter Anderson, Tony Vegas, Jonny Miller, Keith Buck, Freddie Miller and Charlie Kenny. If you want to know more about the musicians or buy any of their music then you can find out all about them on their website here.
At the beginning of this year one of the founding members of The Eagles, Glenn Frey, passed away. It was unexpected although he had been ill and sad for all fans across the world. From what the band have said they will probably no longer tour as The Eagles ever again, but I guess only time will tell on that front. It is still raw for them all I am sure and the prospect of performing a whole show without him must be unthinkable.
This Talon tour is entitled ‘The Complete History Tour’ and takes you from the old sounds of The Eagles to the new. Although they are classed as a tribute band and have an ever increasing audience year on year because they are, I see them as a band of talented musicians in their own right and feel it isn’t doing them justice by classing them as a tribute band. You wont get a more harmoniously tight group of singers anywhere in my humble opinion.
So onto the show. The opening was in memory of Glenn Frey and the stage was dimly lit with the guys sitting on stools at the front. They sang ‘Its your world now’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Help me through the night’ and rounded off with ‘Best of my love’. A poignant and respectful way of remembering a talented singer and songwriter. Then the lights went up and they kicked into the foot thumping ‘Midnight flyer’ to wake us all up a bit before easing into classics such as ‘The last resort’ and ‘Peaceful easy feeling’. A new song from Don Henley’s last album was sung beautifully (Praying for rain from the album Cass County) and one of my favourites from the album ‘Long Road Out of Eden’ ‘Waiting in the weeds’ was also sung.
The show continued with hit after hit including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Boys of Summer’, ‘Take it to the limit‘, ‘Witchy woman’ and ‘One of these nights’. The encore was upon us all too soon and the audience were on their feet. The notes of ‘The Heat Is On’ started up which a) I have never heard Talon sing before and b) had no idea it had an Eagles connection! It was brilliant and the whole audience were dancing to the end. Such a good song. It then fell to Chris Lloyd to end the night with ‘Desperado’ which he always does with such passion and feeling. A perfect end to a perfect night.
I have seen these guys about 7 or 8 times now and no doubt will see them again very soon. This night was made extra special for me and my parents by the band and by the fabulous Anni, without whom the band just wouldn’t exist! (That’s right isn’t it Anni? You can pay me later for that remark lol!) She works tirelessly behind the scenes and you can see her on the merchandise stand at every gig.
I chatted to Peter Anderson after the show (who is ridiculously tall or maybe I am just a hobbit!) who with all the other band members chatted to everyone who asked and had photos taken with those who wanted them. I don’t know if they realise that they are probably quite unique with this after show meet and greet that they do. Not many bands would take the time out to do this, I realise some cant but it really is something special and the fans of Talon really are a family and appreciate what they do.
Next year they celebrate their 20th Anniversary which I am certain will be extra special and brilliant. (If they fancy adding any female backing singers to the mix then do let me or my agent know ;)) I along with all their followers are looking forward to the next 20 years.
Long may they rock and thank you for the memories.