The Olympia Stadium Eagles concert in Detroit was July 20, 1976, and JD Souther opened for the Eagles. This link is a short piece on JD and how he became connected to the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Byrds, and Poco.
The Olympia Stadium opened in October 1927, and its nickname was “The Old Red Barn”. Seating capacity was 16,000 if the upper rafters were used. Olympia Stadium is where Glenn Frey saw the Beatles twelve years earlier on Sept. 6, 1964. He talks about that experience in the History of the Eagles documentary.
The Eagles two-day concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia was just a few days later on July 27-28, 1976.
“Everyone used to listening to mellow ‘Lying Eyes’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise’ on the car radio should take notice: country rock a la Eagles has just been kicked in the rear end. The stimulus is Cleveland guitarist Joe Walsh, who has replaced Bernie Leadon in the top guitar spot.”Ron Ishoy of the Detroit Free Press
Olympia Stadium Eagles concert in Detroit
Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario) – July 10, 1976
Ticket – $8.50
“They’re dropping like flies up there, explained a security guard who had just helped a young girl into the first aid stand. He said he had personally seen four or five people faint in the upper levels of the stadium.”
Concert review in the Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI) – July 22, 1976
“They have no face, little personality, nothing to hang an identity on except all those millions of records sold.”
Concert review in the Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario) – July 22, 1976
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI) – Aug. 6, 1976
A Letter to the Editor