Watch The Eagles’ First Ever Performance With Tequila Sunrise In Popgala’73
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Watch this never-before-seen footage of the Eagles’ fantastic performance of “Tequila Sunrise” in 1973 Popgala in the Netherlands. The video is presented below.
The Eagles performed Popgala in Voorburg, Netherlands, on March 9, 1973, a day after Randy Meisner’s 27th birthday. Popgala was a two-day, made-for-TV pop festival that took place in March 1973, which featured thirteen bands and was broadcasted on Dutch television one week later in a 3-hour-long special.
The event had a terrible start when it came to organization. Ringo Starr, a former member of the Beatles, was supposed to host the event initially, but he canceled at the last minute, citing a “communication problem.” In addition, several of the bands that were supposed to perform at the event did not show up, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Donovan, The Temptations, T. Rex, Dr. Hook, Billy Preston, Wishbone Ash, and Roxy Music. This occurred in the weeks leading up to the event. With that, Slade, Country Gazette, The Who, Gary Glitter, Colin Blunstone, Chi Coltrane, Eagles, Livin’ Blues, The Faces, Rory Gallagher, Ry Cooder Argent, and Super Sister are all scheduled to perform as part of the final roster.
Because the broadcast presentation would last for three and a half hours, the live performances of the thirteen featured performers would need to be condensed to make room for them on the program. Therefore, out of the thirteen songs that the Eagles performed, only “Take It Easy,” “Train Leaves Here This Morning,” and “Witchy Woman” were included in the final broadcast. But, thanks to bootlegs, we can finally watch the band’s surreal take of the classic “Tequila Sunrise,” which also happens to be the band’s first performance of the song.