'Eaglemania' comes to Riverfront on July 17
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Jul. 3, 2013
Anyone who comes to the Riverfront Music Festival concert on July 17 blindfolded may think they are at an actual Eagles concert. Frank Marino, the band's keyboardist and one of its lead vocalists, said the group works extremely hard to re-create, as closely as possible, the sound of the legendary band.
“What we try to do is pretty much replicate exactly what is on the Eagles' records,” Marino said. “One of the things we're well-known for is how much we sound like the Eagles.”
Marino said that comes through no small effort, and separates them from other Eagles' cover bands. “It's the most challenging project I've been [involved] in, in 36 years of playing in bands,” he said, “particularly because of the vocals. There are four- or five-part harmonies in just about every song that we do. It's incredibly difficult to pull off.”
Audiences, Marino said, appreciate the effort. “It's amazing,” he said. “Everyone has a song that the Eagles do that relates to them. They have such a big catalog. We sell out almost every venue we play, because they are there to hear that music. It's the music they grew up to and the soundtrack to their lives. The reaction is pretty impressive. It's a good feeling as a musician.”
The song that gets the largest response, as one might guess, is “Hotel California.”
“The most-requested and the loudest ovation,” he said. “'Hotel California' seems to knock people out. Our guitarist even has a double-neck guitar.”
Marino said their playlist contains 35 songs, and almost every one was a top 10 hit. “There aren't too many bands out there that can say that,” he said. “They are the biggest-selling band in U.S. history. They have sold more records than anyone in history, including Michael Jackson.”
That makes playing concerts a slam-dunk, in a way, for Eaglemania. “People know what to expect,” Marino said. “It's just our job to deliver. People tell us that if you close your eyes, you'd think you were at an Eagles concert.”
Eaglemania has been in existence for about two years, and has played numerous outdoor shows, as well as indoor venues throughout the Northeast. This will be the band's first outing in Glastonbury.