Eagles kicked off their “Long Goodbye” farewell tour last night (September 7) in New York at Madison Square Garden.
The iconic band’s setlist was filled with their biggest hits, but also some surprises. (The full setlist is below.) Particularly, the Eagles took a moment during their show to honor their friend, Jimmy Buffett. The singer-songwriter passed away last week at age 76 following a battle with skin cancer.
Per Ultimate Classic Rock, Don Henley said, “Jimmy Buffett is now sailing on that cosmic ocean, having that cheeseburger with Glenn [Frey] and Randy [Meisner]. We always like to laugh and say we survived the ’70s together.” Joe Walsh then said, “Jimmy and I got thrown out of some of the finest hotels in the world.”
The Eagles performed two Buffett songs: “Come Monday” and “Fins.”
Buffett famously inducted the Eagles into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He recalled his interactions with the Eagles over the years. Buffett often was an opening act for the band on various bills and tours. He made a point to recognize the Eagles for always treating him with respect, even though he was often their opener.
“I was the apprentice in the workshop, and I was glad to be there,” said Buffett. ” … It was the little things I was privileged to witness backstage that helped me survive and become a better performer.”
Eagles – Farewell Tour Opening Night Setlist – Madison Square Garden – 9/7/23
“Seven Bridges Road” (Steve Young cover)
“Take It Easy”
“One of These Nights”
“Take It to the Limit”
“Best of My Love”
“Peaceful Easy Feeling”
“In the City” (Joe Walsh solo song)
“I Can’t Tell You Why”
“New Kid in Town”
“Life’s Been Good”
“Come Monday” (Jimmy Buffett cover)
“Fins” (Jimmy Buffett cover)
“Boys of Summer”
“All Night Long” (Joe Walsh solo song)
“Life in the Fast Lane”
“Rocky Mountain Way” (Joe Walsh solo song)