When the Eagles play their first L.A.-area concert in five years on Wednesday at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, they'll be heading into Southern California concert history.
The performance kicks off a six-week, 10-concert blitz at the Pond and downtown L.A.'s Staples Center, with total attendance expected to surpass 180,000, especially if more shows are added, as has been rumored.
That would put the L.A.-based Eagles ahead of Neil Diamond, whose 10-show run at the Forum in 1989 has stood as the biggest arena engagement in the region for a decade and a half, with attendance of about 180,000. (The highest total for any engagement was the 330,000 for Bruce Springsteen's four nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1985.)
"That's incredible, really," Gary Bongiovanni, editor in chief of the concert trade publication Pollstar, said of the Eagles' 2005 showing. "Sure, L.A.'s their home market, but how many acts can do that? Staggering is what it is."