Concert: The Eagles by Candlelight

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Here we are with David & Valerie having taken the thirty-mile drive to the iconic Peterborough Cathedral.

The Cathedral

No, not for a spot of spiritual guidance, nor a choral recital – instead, it was (almost) The Eagles in Concert – but with a twist! Tonight was a performance of their music by West End singers and a live band – and all by candlelight.

The Backstory

The event was all part of the – yes, you’ve probably guessed it by now – the imaginatively titled…

Concerts by Candlelight

…where on this occasion, we’re promised around 20 of the Band’s greatest hits.

I’d not heard of Concerts by Candlelight before writing this, but judging by the amount of information online, they’ve been busy… and very well received too! Other similar performances elsewhere this year, included recreating the musical talents of: Adele, Bowie, Bublé, Elton John, Elvis, Fleetwood Mac, George Michael, Queen, Rod Stewart, Abba and the Rolling Stones. And if you have an aversion to candles, they’ve extended some of the series to Afternoon Teas in Manchester! I initially thought that it must all be a franchise, but I was wrong! It seems this group perform all of the aforementioned shows!

Fire Wardens relax! They’re LEDs!

Based on their backstory, we learned that they began in Manchester and they’ve been on an upward trajectory ever since, travelling to Sydney, Dubai and playing Carnegie Hall too! At this rate, I guess it won’t be long before it’s Beatles at breakfast! 🤔. In the meantime, they have some UK Christmas Specials lined up too.


It was a relatively early performance (there is a second, and final gig, tomorrow) and we headed over to the city in plenty of time to grab a bite at nearby Côte before the show began.

Great value!

Yum Yum! That was all very nice indeed! 😋😋, but we felt a tad hurried as the service was slow (mainly down to how busy the place was – full of like-minded Eagles fans!). It was then just a (really) short walk to the venue that took us all of 5 minutes! 👍

By the time we arrived, it was almost full so it was lucky we had numbered seats. I assumed no photography during the performance! (although that didn’t stop some people!) 😡😡 ruining the view for those behind them! The performers totalled eight, with three vocalists, sometimes singing together and sometimes solo. They all had great voices supported by their five bandmates who played a range of instruments including Bass, two Rhythm and an acoustic guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Steel Guitar and Vocoder.

The Cathedral seating was pretty much ‘at capacity’ with extra TV screens dotted around the side for those who didn’t have a direct view of the Stage. We calculated (roughly) there must have been close to 1000 people there and at an average price of around £30 a ticket, it felt like a good night already before the first note was sung!

At just before 7.35, the concert began!

OK, here we go..!


🎶 Set 1 🎶

  • Life In The Fast Lane
  • How Long?
  • Lyin’ Eyes
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Witchy Woman
  • The Last Resort
  • In The City
  • Take It To The Limit

A short interval of around 20 minutes followed.

🎶 Set 2 🎶

  • Take It Easy
  • Rocky Mountain High
  • Life’s Been Good to Me
  • New Kid In Town
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive
  • Desperado
  • One Of Those Nights
  • Already Gone
  • The Boys of Summer
  • Heartache Tonight

…and just when we thought they might not perform the Eagles’ most iconic track, with us all screaming ‘more’… they did!

  • Hotel California 👍😍👍😍


Wow! What a great evening! The Group easily won the audience over, with enthusiastic applause and dancing in the aisles (literally!) towards the end. They didn’t dress or look like the Eagles, but they knew their songs well. We’d experienced a really talented bunch who worked well together and looked like they were having as much fun as we were! I’m pretty sure the Cathedral hasn’t seen that much visible energy for a while, and, based on tonight’s performance, we’d wholeheartedly recommend grabbing tickets. We almost certainly plan to see them again, performing one of their other sets.

9.50pm: We checked-out, but we didn’t want to leave!

Go see!

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