Need a last minute stocking stuffer idea… Tickets are on sale now for a special Dec. 30 Eagles tribute band concert in Nevada

Marlys Barker, Editor

The last year or two have been big for tribute bands at The Talent Factory in Nevada.

So, when Talent Factory owner Larry Sloan found himself in a unique position to book one last show before the New Year’s holiday with a premiere Eagle’s tribute band, Heartache Tonight, he couldn’t believe his great fortune.

“I have not heard them live, but in checking their references and with other venues, they got rave revues. After listening to their demo videos, I was sold,” Sloan said.

Heartache Tonight will not only come to Nevada this month, the band will offer a special price on tickets for a show that they are fitting in one night before New Year’s Eve.

Sloan explained the special way this show came about. “I got a call from Tom (Carey, one of the band members), and he said they would be in Maquoketa, Iowa on New Year’s Eve. They were coming down following a concert in Michigan on Saturday, the 29th, and had heard of The Talent Factory. They figured, ‘Why not fit in an extra show (on Dec. 30).”

Because of the unusual date, a Sunday night show the day before New Year’s Eve, Sloan said the band agreed to a lower than usual ticket price — $25 for regular seating and $30 for premium seating at front and center — “in the hopes of drawing a good turnout to make it worth their time.”

Heartache Tonight’s six members are all natives of the Midwest, raised in Wisconsin, Detroit and the Chicago area, where the band is now based.

Tom Carey, vocalist and guitarist with the band, said the group enjoys coming to Iowa. “We have played the Riverside Casino several times, the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, where we are playing on New Year’s Eve, and at Solon Beef Days, one of our favorite fests.”

The band finds that people all over the Midwest love Eagles music. “It’s such a pleasure for us to play for audiences that appreciate what we do,” he said.

And what this band does is play Eagles’ music, usually not putting anything but Eagles’ songs into their shows. “From time to time, we’ll throw a curve ball at people. When Tom Petty died, we began doing ‘Listen To Her Heart’ an an encore. Got a terrific response to that one, but… we could play for three hours and still not get to all of the Eagles’ hits, so we don’t have much room for anything else. We don’t want to leave out anyone’s favorite tune.”

Each band member has his favorite tune. Carey’s is “New Kid In Town.” He said it’s a bit of a stretch for him vocally, but a great melody. “The unusual key change in the middle is so natural you almost don’t notice how cool it is. I always look forward to that one,” he said.

Sloan is excited for the show as he’s always been an Eagles music fan. “The music and the five-part harmonies are unique and amazing,” Sloan said. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard an Eagles’ song I didn’t love. I would say my favorites are ‘Seven Bridges Road,’ because of the incredible harmonies, and ‘Hotel California,’ because of the music and harmonies.”

Sloan even played in a band in the 1970s that did a lot of Eagles music. “It always has a great message.”

Carey said he believes what makes the songs of the Eagles so appealing is not that they are particularly complex, but that they are so well-constructed… great arrangements, great melodies and beautiful harmonies. It’s really fun for us to get that vocal blend right every night.”

Carey also believes the Eagles, despite their enormous success and longevity, were underrated. “People think I’m crazy when I say this,” but he feels this way, and wants people to know that the Eagles deserve to be respected. “They created songs that have stood the test of time…songs that have become my generation’s standards.”

While many tribute bands get into the visual aspect of performing — donning costumes, wigs and such, Carey said Heartache Tonight, in paying tribute to the Eagles, keeps it all about the music. “They just played those great songs and that’s what we do, too. Don Henley was once quoted as saying that the Eagles had been accused of ‘loitering’ on stage. Pretty funny. I guess it’s OK to loiter if you have written such great songs.”

Heartache Tonight’s performance on Dec. 30 — a show that starts at 7 p.m. — will wrap up a year of incredible performances that have taken the stage at Nevada’s Talent Factory, and Sloan is not only pumped about the performances that made up the past year; he’s stoked for what’s in store in 2019.

“We have some fabulous shows coming to 2019. We have greats like Richie Lee and the Fabulous ’50s, The Johnny Rogers Legends of Country Show, The Fortunate Sons Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Angus Khan, the greatest AC/DC tribute band, The Rocky Raccoon Beatles tribute band, as well as Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience concert and a tribute to Frank Sinatra by Las Vegas’ own Tony Sands. It’s going to be a very good year.”