THERE’S a weight of expectation that comes with performing in a show that pays tribute to one of the most cherished bands in rock history.
Scottish-born drummer and singer David Gray has felt it from day one.
Gray plays the role of Don Henley in The Best of the Eagles, a tribute act featuring the music of legendary American rockers The Eagles.
The Best of the Eagles line-up was put together after international auditions. Australia got its first look at the band in 2016.
“Our first show on the Australian tour last year was at The Palms in Melbourne,” Gray said.
“It was sold out, and we got three standing ovations, which was fantastic.”
As that tour progressed, the band members had meet-and-greet sessions with their audience after shows.
It was there that Gray came to understand what The Eagles music meant to some fans, and what they appreciated most about The Best of the Eagles show.
“The fans complement the vocals, the harmonies, and all of the guitar parts for sounding ‘just like the record’,” he said.
“That’s what we’re setting out to do, because that’s what the fans want to hear.”
Gray said the death of Glenn Fry last year had raised the stakes for Eagles tribute shows.
“The thing about our Eagles tribute show, and all other Eagles tribute shows in the world, is that there’s a lot of pressure on all of us now because we’ve got to keep The Eagles flame burning,” he said.
“We’re never going to see those five guys out there again, so it’s up to tribute bands like ours to keep that music alive.”
The Best of the Eagles is touring Australia again, and will perform at Laycock Street Theatre, at Gosford, on Friday, April 28.
Gray said the new concert featured many of the band’s greatest hits, such as I Can’t Tell You Why, Hotel California, Desperado, New Kid in Town and Take it Easy, along with the best solo hits the band’s members recorded.
“Because it was such a success last year, we’ve decided to do another run with different songs,” he said.
“And this year we’re concentrating more on the band’s solo hits.”
Tickets cost $60. Phone 4323 3233 or visit gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres