Chicago Theatre Review
An Eagle has Landed
Timothy B. Schmit at City Winery
Another amazing night at the City Winery! Easter Sunday 2017 playing to an almost sold out crowd. This time we were treated to an excellent two hour performance by the Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, solo flying Eagle Timothy B. Schmit.
Timothy has a long history in the music business. His great bass playing is featured on many artists albums including: Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic,” Aja,” and “The Royal Scam.” Albums also by Toto, Jimmy Buffett, Twisted Sister and Poison.
He joined Poco in 1970 replacing founding member bassist Randy Meisner, who then became a founding member of the Eagles a year later. While still in Poco, Timothy got a call to join the Eagles in 1977 to replace, once again, exiting Randy Meisner. Lightning does strike twice! The Eagles went to work immediately on the follow up to the 32 million selling monster “Hotel California.” Two years later they gave us “The Long Run” featuring 3 hit singles including the Timothy B. Schmit song “I Can’t Tell You Why.” Schmit plays bass and has sung on every Eagles album since and is still an active member.
Being a huge Eagles fan myself I was expecting a great show and boy did he deliver!
Schmit drew heavy from his Poco days and solo albums, especially his new release “Leap of Faith” Timothy was very talkative with a quiet demeanor as he explained some of the songs he would be performing. He played mostly acoustic/electric guitar all night, switching to bass on a handful of songs. His band was top notch featuring players with a long musical background. My personal highlights amongst many were, a solo performance of the Eagles “Peaceful Easy Feeling” which he announced This one’s for Glen? Others included “White Boy from Sacramento” and its funky groove, “Red Dirt Road” and ”My Hat”
And of course, “I Can’t Tell You Why”. It grabbed the crowed from its opening, Motown influenced keyboards and smooth as silk Smokey Robinson style vocals. Schmit enlightened us that it was suggested by Glen Fry to “sing it like Smokey” and add the cool as hell keyboard intro. He also mentioned it was Glen Fry who played the soulful lead guitar solos in the middle and end of the song-wow!
Halfway through the show his guitar needed tuning. In his quiet voice and dry sense of humor he said “why do we tune our guitars, because we care.” And it made me think, why do we spend our time seeing these musical legends. Of course for the entertainment, but also because we care. We care about the incredible music they have given us through the years. The soundtrack of our lives. There is a quote “do you ever listen to a song and remember exactly what life was like when you first heard it.” And that is why we care. The power of music can transport you back to different memorable times of your life.
Timothy B. Schmit is definitely a MUST SEE act. You will leave in musical amazement at this incredible talent. You can see why when Randy Meisner left the Eagles; it was a no brainer to get Timothy B. Schmit into the band!!! Do yourself a favor and catch this High Flying Bird! He’s truly an American treasure!!!
Reviewed by Terry Giardina