Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Yes on Prince, and yes on the Eagles.
The Eagles were a big part of the soundtrack of my teen years, and I finally saw them in concert a few years ago and was utterly underwhelmed.
I'd have been better off using the price of the tickets and buying a BluRay player and a dvd of their concert.
I'm torn on the Eagles. I tend to think of them as rated about right. I saw them in concert in 2001 and while I thoroughly enjoyed the show I understand the criticism of them as a bit pre-packaged and commercial in their later iterations. That said, if you can pick up the DVD of Hell Freezes Over (from 1994, I think) I thought it was amazing. The acoustic guitar work by Don Felder (especially) and Joe Walsh was fan-friggin-tastic. It broke my heart when they kicked Felder out of the band (again). It really damaged them musically, IMO.
I think that they have made a decision that generally in concert their fans want to hear all the old music performed lick-for-lick like they remember it on the albums. So that's what they deliver.
Hotel California, though...as an album in it's day was transformational. It's still friggin' greatness. The Miami Vice years that followed were not good to them musically speaking though.