Mosaic Stadium will be transformed into “Hotel California” on May 17 as the legendary rock band–the Eagles will perform in Regina.
The concert will kick off what will be a busy week in Regina as it will come one night before the first game at the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup.
Shaun Semple is the Cup committee chair. He says there was no doubt in his mind who he wanted to see perform so a conversation with fellow committee member Neil Donnelly got the ball rolling.
“The Eagles are the only group we went after.” Semple said moments after the announcement became official. ” We wanted someone big, we looked at some others, but none of those others we were looking at were touring at the time. We spoke to them and they put a tour around this event so while it looks like we are the last stop, we are the first stop.
Semple added this concert could be a historical one.
“Don (lead singer Don Henley) is 72 years old, and he is amazing as is the rest of the band. but how many more shows are they going to do.” Semple said. “How many more stadium shows will they do. This could be the last one.”
In the meantime, Regina’s mayor is excited to see another major musical act come to the Queen City.
Michael Fougere says he grew up listening to the Eagles and they were one of his favourite acts, but he won’t commit to having a favourite song from them.
“I grew up with bands like the Eagles and the Beatles so having the chance to see them play will be fantastic.” Fougere said. “It is great to have the stadium be able to host events other than Saskatchewan Roughrider football games and we have shown we can do that in the past. The plans we had for this place when we started construction on it are coming to fruition.”
Tickets for the concert go on sale December 11 through Ticketmaster with a presale going on Wednesday. That pre-sale includes those who have or are about to purchase tickets for February’s outdoor games.