Tour Buzz: Fitz and the Tantrums, The Eagles and Bastille


Fitz and the Tantrums play the Chelsea on Feb. 18

I know Queens of the Stone Age are in town this week (February 13), but there’s nothing old people like better than senior discounts, short buffet lines and Eagles reunion concerts. The whole gang (Henley, Frey, Walsh, Leadon and Schmit) bring their History of the Eagles tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 15-16 ($85-$255), nearly 30 songs in all. It’s as much an oral history of the band as a generous helping of their most popular songs. Judging by the audience response and the sold-out venues, this is the way a greatest-hits show ought to be.

Most pop bands try to work a little soul vibe into their sound, but where other musicians seem content recycling classic Motown rhythms or Stax-inspired bass lines and calling it good enough, Fitz and the Tantrums actually get it right. Frontman Michael Fitzpatrick composed the group’s earliest songs on an old Conn electronic organ, they have a full-time saxophone player on the payroll (multi-instrumentalist James King), and co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs shakes a mean tambourine. This band is tight, and their songs (“MoneyGrabber,” “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “Out of My League”) sound great live. Your feet will be sore from dancing, your hands will hurt from clapping and you’re probably going to end up with confetti in your hair. Fitz and the Tantrums play the Chelsea on February 18 ($30), and it’s worth getting there early to see the opening act, Capital Cities.

Remember when nobody knew who Bastille was and now almost everybody knows? Fans should plan on storming House of Blues on April 19 ($20) for a chance to hear “Pompeii,” “Flaws” and “Bad Blood” up close.



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