University of Oklahoma Eagles concert – Nov. 8, 1976

The Eagles University of Oklahoma concert was held in the Lloyd Noble Center on campus in Norman, Oklahoma on November 8, 1976. JD Souther opened for the Eagles. Two days later on November 10 the Eagles performed at Iowa State University in the Hilton Coliseum. The Eagles had a concert somewhere almost every night in November 1976 as part of the “Hotel California” tour. Their Hotel California album was released soon after on December 8, 1976.

A local radio station donated a rare African Bateleur eagle to the Oklahoma City Zoo in honor of this Eagles concert. Later, in 1995, Don Henley donated $100,000 plus another $150,000 over the following two years to the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Its mission is finding conservation solutions for birds. The center was having a financial crisis when Don gave the donation.

Eagles University of Oklahoma concert
The Oklahoma Daily, the student university newspaper, ran a nice article on the concert. A librarian sent these two photos of the student newspaper to me just like this. Perhaps she was afraid to flatten them on a scanner due to the age of the papers. So I then straightened the article and each of the photos, which are below.

The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) front page – Nov. 10, 1976 (Randy’s photo isn’t in the student paper, but he is in the four stage photos below.)

The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) Page 7 – Nov. 10, 1976 (Randy’s photo isn’t in the student paper, but he is in the four stage photos below.)

Don Felder
The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) front page – Nov. 10, 1976

Joe Walsh
The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) front page – Nov. 10, 1976

Glenn Frey
The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) pg 7 – Nov. 10, 1976

JD Souther
The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) pg 7 – Nov. 10, 1976

“Take It To the Limit with Meisner’s soprano vocals brought the crowd to a frenzy and Midnight Flyer, with banjo from Felder, brought out the cowboys in the crowd.”

Concert review in The Oklahoma Daily (student university newspaper) pg 7 – Nov. 10, 1976

Marty Temme, photographer

Don Henley (on drums), Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, and Joe Walsh

Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, and Joe Walsh

Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, and Joe Walsh

Randy Meisner

Don Henley and Randy Meisner

Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh

A local radio station gave away Eagles tickets and Eagles albums. The station also donated a rare African Bateleur eagle to the Oklahoma City Zoo in conjunction with the Eagles concert. The Bateleur eagle has a lifespan of about 27 years.

Daily Oklahoman – Oct. 31, 1976

Daily Oklahoman – Oct. 31, 1976

Daily Oklahoman – Nov. 7, 1976

Pictured is the zoo director and the WKY radio personalities.

From the book “Images of America Oklahoma City Zoo 1960-2013”

The photo caption is incorrect in stating the concert was held at the zoo. It was held at the Lloyd Noble Center on campus.

University of Oklahoma Eagles concert

“The Norman concert is part of The Eagles’ current 24-city U.S. tour which is scheduled to wind up Nov. 24 in Kansas City.”

University of Oklahoma Eagles concert

The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) – Oct. 24, 1976

“All their albums have achieved million-seller status.”

University of Oklahoma Eagles concert

The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) – Nov. 8, 1976

“Their own rendition of Desperado brought the audience to its feet.”

The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) – Nov. 9, 1976

“Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh celebrated their birthday with a party on the weekend.”

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL) – Nov. 11, 1976

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