Rock legends The Eagles helped re-open Los Angeles' fabled Forum venue on Wednesday night (15Jan14) with a hits set featuring original guitarist Bernie Leadon. The group returned to the concert mecca following a $100 million (£62.5 million) makeover, and singer Glenn Frey was thrilled to be part of the relaunch.
Taking a moment during the band's 28-song set that was arranged chronologically, he told fans, "This is going to become the premier large venue", adding, "It's about the only facelift I care for in Hollywood."
The Eagles will play a six-night residency at the Forum that continues on Friday night (17Jan14).
A massive vinyl replica of the group's Hotel California album sits atop the new-look Forum.
Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon is to rejoin the group for an upcoming tour. The guitarist, who quit the group in 1975, will join his replacement Joe Walsh for dates on the History of the Eagles tour.
Walsh broke the news to Billboard.com this week (beg08Apr13), stating, "Bernie's brilliant. I never really got a chance to play with him, but we've been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I'm really glad he's coming because it's going to take the show up a notch, and I'm really looking forward to playing with him, finally.
"There'll be part of the show that doesn't involve me, but I may come out and play some (previous band) James Gang stuff as part of the show."
Leadon was famously replaced by Walsh after a backstage fight with Glenn Frey, during which he reportedly poured beer over The Heat is On hitmaker.
All seven past and present Eagles performed together when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.