IF YOU GO
Who: The Eagles
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Drive in Lincoln
Tickets: $46.50 to $176.50 at Ticketmaster.com, the arena box office, Ticketmaster retail locations or by phone at 80--745-3000
Information: Pinnaclebankarena.com or 402-904-4444
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When The Eagles take the stage on Friday, it will be with the band's classic lineup of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.
It's too bad more bands haven't followed suit in reuniting the original (or favorite) members. Some are just touring with one member — often the one who owns the band's trademark — and a bunch of fill-in musicians.
While we enjoyed seeing the new Guns N Roses, and Chicago sans Peter Cetera wasn't the worst thing, these are the groups we'd like to see back on tour in their best, classic configurations.
Guns N Roses, “Appetite for Destruction” lineup: Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Slash, Steven Adler
Axl is still out there with a cadre of talented musicians, and they're a pretty fun bunch. For our money, current lead guitarist DJ Ashba can't replace Slash even if he wears a top hat and plays the “Paradise City” solo note-for-note.
Van Halen's original lineup: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen
We're aware that Roth is back and touring with the band after years of much-documented tension. But we prefer the bass skills and serene backing vocals of original bassist Anthony over Eddie Van Halen's 22-year-old son, Wolfgang.
Fleetwood Mac's “Rumours” lineup: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood
Should Fleetwood Mac come our way again, it will be this lineup — but without Christine McVie, who retired more than a decade ago. We wish she'd come back and sing lead on “Say You Love Me” and “Don't Stop.” (McVie recently appeared with the band in London, so it's not out of the question.)
The Smashing Pumpkins' original lineup: Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, D'Arcy Wretzky
Much like GNR, this band continues with only its frontman. We think the Pumpkins were at their best in the era they released “Gish,” “Siamese Dream” and “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” (Corgan and his current troupe mostly play new songs we don't know. Meh.)
Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” lineup: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright
These guys stuck it out through the mid-'80s, but Waters left to do his own thing. Recently, Waters apologized for the legal battle that followed his departure, saying, “I was wrong.” Drummer Mason also expressed interest in getting the band back together, so there's hope.
Top 10 best-selling albums
“Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” by The Eagles is the top-selling album of all time in the U.S., an honor it shares with Michael Jackson's “Thriller.” Both have sold 29 million copies domestically.
Here are the others in the top 10:
Billy Joel, “Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II”: 23 million
Pink Floyd, “The Wall”: 23 million
Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin IV”: 23 million
AC/DC, “Back in Black”: 21 million
Garth Brooks, “Double Live”: 21 million
Shania Twain, “Come on Over”: 20 million
The Beatles, “The Beatles” (The White Album): 19 million
Fleetwood Mac, “Rumours”: 19 million