This Madison Square Garden Eagles concert was the Eagles’ first MSG appearance in New York City, and it was just three days before the Capital Centre concert in Largo, MD. Jimmy Buffett was their opening act.
“The event of the evening came with bassist Randy Meisner’s stunning vocalization of ‘Take It To The Limit’. In addition to sing-along support from the total audience, he received a standing ovation after each chorus.”Record World magazine – Apr. 23, 1977
There was an elaborate party for the Eagles (with an eagle ice sculpture) at the Penn Plaza Club after the concert. It was hosted by Elektra/Asylum, and photos are below. The label submitted a list of 39 journalists to be be invited to the party, but the Eagles rejected all but four of those invitations.
There were several New York and eastern US concerts in March 1977. Then in April and May they were off to England, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden.
Richard E. Arron and Mark Weiss, photographers
Madison Square Garden sign
Madison Square Garden Eagles concert 1977
Don Felder and Joe Walsh stopped by WNEW-FM radio station in New York prior to the concert.
Radio and Records magazine – Apr. 8, 1977
Ticket and Hotel California tour poster
“This marks the first tour by the Eagles since the release of the album which assumed the top position on the national music charts just three weeks after its December release.”
Amusement Business – Feb. 12, 1977
Daily News (New York, NY) – Mar. 18, 1977
“Additionally, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones jammed with the group in the evening’s final encore, a rendition of Chuck Berry’s ‘Carol’.”
“The event of the evening came with bassist Randy Meisner’s stunning vocalization of “Take It To The Limit”. In addition to sing-along support from the total audience, he received a standing ovation after each chorus.”
Elektra/Asylum threw the Eagles a party at the Penn Plaza Club after the Madison Square Garden concert.
Glenn Frey at Penn Plaza party – Mar. 18, 1977
Billboard magazine – Apr. 2, 1977
Shelley Duvall is hugging Paul Simon to Glenn’s left.
Glenn and Paul Simon
Glenn Frey and John Belushi
Don Felder, JD Souther, Don Henley, Jerry Sharell (E/A vice president), and Ralph Ebler (E/A west coast general manager)
Cash Box magazine – Apr. 2, 1977