Arguably one of the greatest American albums ever made, Classic Albums Live performs Eagles’ Hotel California with skilled vocalists and musicians who honor the work. No gimmicks, no makeup, and no other illusions employed by tribute bands, this is a note for note, cut for cut performance. The attention to detail is staggering; every sound from the album is masterfully duplicated live on stage.
With hit tracks like the GRAMMY® winning “New Kid in Town,” as well as deep cuts like “Wasted Time,” it’s the classic album exactly as you remember, followed by a second set of other Eagles favorites.
Hotel California is the fifth studio album by the Eagles and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: “New Kid in Town” (No. 1), “Hotel California” (No. 1), and “Life in the Fast Lane” (No 11).
The album became the band’s best-selling album after their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). It has been certified 26× Platinum in the U.S. and has sold over 42 million copies worldwide. The album is ranked number 37 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
The album was recorded by Bill Szymczyk at the Criteria and Record Plant studios between March and October 1976 and then released on Asylum in December. It was their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh, who had replaced founding member Bernie Leadon, and is the last album to feature bassist Randy Meisner. The iconic front cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for “Hotel California” and “New Kid in Town”. The album was nominated for Album of the Year but lost to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. A 40th Anniversary special edition was released in 2017.