On October 16, 2010, tepid 70s “rock” band The Eagles will perform the inaugural concert at the KFC Yum! Center/”The Bucket” — in the very town that gave birth to the Lebowski Fest, whose namesake patron “(hates) the fuckin’ Eagles, man.”
Cultural schizophrenia, or marketing coup? Here’s the press release:
One of the most widely anticipated attractions in Louisville history is set to open its doors to the city in early October, the Louisville Arena Authority (LAA) announced at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“We are pleased that Mortensen Construction will have completed its work and will turn over the keys to the KFC Yum! Center on October 10, 2010,” said Jim Host, Chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority. “We want to make 10-10-10 a historical date for Louisville.” The week will be one to remember as The Eagles headline the opening concert at the Center on October 16.
Originally slated to open November 2010, the $238 million, 22,000-seat arena will be the new home of the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams when it officially opens in the fall. The arena will first open its doors with a series of previews, including various public and private tours culminating with two very special and historic grand opening events. A black tie VIP event is tentatively scheduled for October 14 and the legendary band, The Eagles, will rock the 721,000 square-foot KFC Yum! Center with the concert on October 16.
On its Long Road to Eden tour, The Eagles, comprised of Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, will perform hits spanning their more than 35-year career. Such songs include “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Take It to the Limit” and “How Long.”
The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and earned five No. 1 Billboard singles and six Grammy Awards. The band’s “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has exceeded sales of 29 million units, making it the best-selling domestic album of all time.
Ugh. The funny part is that this “major announcement” has been hyped lo these past few days by the Louisville Arena Authority, so it’s a bit of a letdown that the Big News involves watching Don Henley traipse around a $252 million basketball arena burping between the lyrics of “Take it Easy” because his Double-Down sandwich induced mild dyspepsia.
Ah, fuck it, dude. Let’s go bowling.