It was a night to remember for rock fans in Huddersfield.

On July 10, 1996, The Eagles swooped into the McApine Stadium in Huddersfield to perform for 40,000 ecstatic fans.

The American band took to the stage to perform a show featuring everything from ballads to bouncing rock sounds, delving into their back catalogue and delighting the crowd with old favourites.

Click below for pictures from the concert            


The Examiner's Beverley Addy said the sound quality was so good, people felt like they were on stage with the band.

In her review, she wrote: "The Eagles opened with haunting thunder rolls that echoed around the stadium, bringing a monster start with the ever-popular Hotel California.

"A two part show started with the more sombre sounds but dancers in the crowd got more of what they wanted in the second half, which included Glenn Frey's solo hit The Heat Is On .

"The crowd rose to call for a double encore and first fetched The Eagles back for Already Gone and Rocky Mountain Way .

"Their cheering and whistling was rewarded when the group returned to the stage for a second time, giving a finale of Take It Easy and Desperado , the crowd joining in to fill the Huddersfield night sky with song as The Eagles played out."           

Founding members Glenn Frey, guitar and vocals, and Don Henley, drums and vocals, played alongside Don Felder, who joined in 1974, Timothy Schmit, a member from 1979, and guitarist Joe Walsh, with them from 1976.

The Eagles performing live at the McAlpine Stadium in July 1996.
The Eagles performing live at the McAlpine Stadium in July 1996.

Examiner news editor Neil Atkinson was also among the fans at the McAlpine and said it was a 'night to remember'.

He wrote: "Despite the grumbles about the price of a pint, or the cost of a pizza, last night's concert was a memorable event and a masterpiece of organisation."

The day of the gig brought sunshine and blue skies in an otherwise dull July, and roads into Huddersfield were gridlocked as fans poured in from across the country.

Neil added: "The Hell Freezes Over tour had brought The Eagles back to England for the first time in two decades - and many of the fans pouring through the gates last night were old enough to remember the last time.

"Some younger music fans had labelled it Wrinkly Rock, but the audience were searching for quality music and they found it."

He wrote: "For the first part of the evening, the concert murmured along almost sedately.

"But as dusk fell, the tempo and atmosphere changed dramatically.

"Up on stage the band stepped up a gear and pounded out the rock classics; out on the pitch and high in the towering stands people were on their feet, dancing and singing.

"High on Kilner Bank, above the famous banana trusses, large crowds strained for a glimpse of the stage as The Eagles played on.

"It was one of those nights that Huddersfield will remember for a long time."

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