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Sunday Times STLive By BIÉNNE HUISMAN, 2012-04-08

Eagles Roll Back Years

MEMBERS of US rock band The Eagles nibbled on sushi and oysters between concerts that bristled with celebrity fans in South Africa.

Architect to the country's rich and famous, Stefan Antoni, and his wife, Carla, were among 25 000 fans who descended on the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

The band, which has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, performed at Sun City last night and play at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tonight.

The well-heeled Antoni couple formed part of a pre-concert party at the One&Only Hotel. They were joined by prominent events organiser Julie Killias and a group of friends who flew in especially from the Seychelles.

Killias said: "The concert was a walk down memory lane. The band was very humble, one would expect them to be much more arrogant."

Thousands of smartphones flickered as the group performed hits including Hotel California and Heartache Tonight.

Guitarist Joe Walsh, who paired long silver locks and a yin yang shirt with a brown leather jacket, played intricate solos that drew gasps from the crowd.

Don Henley, on vocals and percussion, said: "It's been 40 years. We're still here because you're still here."

The Eagles, formed in Los Angeles in 1971, have been listed as one of the most successful rock bands of all time.

Off the stage in Cape Town, the musicians had seafood at the Sevruga Restaurant, at the V&A Waterfront. "They were here two nights in a row," said manager Dave Edwards. "They had a mixture of everything. They were very friendly and left decent tips. They even gave the waitress a plectrum."