The Edwardsville, Illinois Spring Fest is an annual week-long festival held on the campus of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Livingston Taylor (brother of James Taylor) appeared with the Eagles. This is a different event from the Mississippi River Festival which was held there in July. The Eagles were at the Mississippi River Festival in July of 1974 and 1975, and pages for both of those years are on this site.
Glenn’s mugshot from May 24, 1973 (bottom of this page) looks just like all his Eagles’ publicity photos. He was arrested the day before this Spring Fest.
Eagles on stage at Southern Illinois University Spring Fest
Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Don Henley (on drums)
This photo is from a page in Focus magazine (Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville quarterly magazine). It was included in the Oct. 1974 issue with photos from the 1974 Mississippi River Festival.
Photographed by John Milazzo the day before the Spring Fest.
Front sitting: Glenn Frey
Back: Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon, and Don Henley
“At one of our concerts, the girls in the front row were yelling ‘We can’t hear you’. I yelled back ‘Of course you can’t, you crazy tennyboppers. You’re too close!’ I had to apologize later, but that’s the way I feel. If you want to hear the music, you sit back.”
Concert review in the Alton Telegraph (Alton, IL) – June 2, 1973
“On May 25, the Eagles with guest star Livingston Taylor will perform as part of this year’s Spring Festival activities.”
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL) – Apr. 28, 1973
Advertisement in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO) – May 6, 1973
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO) – May 6, 1973
“The main event Friday is a folk-rock concert featuring the Eagles with Livingston Taylor, at 8:30 pm at the Outdoor Performing Arts Facility (the MRF tent).”
Alton Telegraph (Alton, IL) – May 19, 1973
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO) – May 20, 1973
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL) – May 25, 1973
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