Two former members of iconic country rock band Poco played the Saban Theatre on Dec 3. Opening the show was Richie Furay who is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997. Headlining the show was Timothy B. Schmit who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Eagles in 1998. In Addition to being Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and members of two iconic bands each, Schmit and Furay have both had successful solo careers. It’s easy to say without these two artists country rock wouldn’t be the same.
Furay played a 45 minute set with his band starting at 8 p.m. Furay’s set was a mix of Poco songs such as “Let’s Dance Tonight,” and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces,” Buffalo Springfield songs including “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing,” and “ Sad Memory.” In addition to Poco and Buffalo Springfield songs, Furay also performed his solo hits “Hand and Hand,” and “We Were Dreamers.” In his 11 song set, Furay also performed covers of Nanci Griffith’s “I Wish It Would Rain,” and The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight.” Furay’s most recent release was 2015’s 'Hand In Hand.' At 73, Furay has had a career spanning five decades, and has been part 20+ albums between his solo career, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Au Go-Go Singers, and Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.
Schmit took the stage at 9 p.m. after a short intermission with his own band. Throughout his set, he traded between acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass. Schmit who turned 70 just under two months ago has had a quite a busy year between solo tours and reuniting with the Eagles for the Classic West, Classic East, and Classic Northwest shows. Oddly enough Schmit is the only Eagle to be from the state of California. Schmit’s 6th and latest solo album “Leap of Faith,” was released September 2016. Earlier this year Schmit played the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA almost one year to the day of Eagle’s co-founder Glenn Frey’s passing and brought the Doobie Brother’s John McFee as a special guest who also performed with Schmit at the Saban show. McFee played guitar, keyboards, and violin.
Schmit’s set included songs from his solo career, Poco, and the Eagles. From ‘Leap of Faith,” Schmit performed “I Refuse,” and “What Should I Do.” For Eagles hits, Schmit performed “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “I Don’t Want to Hear Anymore,” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive.” Along with Furay, Schmit performed the Poco songs “Just For Me and You,” “Keep On Tryin’” and for the final song of the show “A Good Feelin’ To Know.” Schmit’s set was 2 hours and 15 minutes in length.
Although Schmit is best known for his bass playing and high vocals with Poco and The Eagles, during the Eagle’s 14-year hiatus he also recorded backing vocals for TOTO and Richard Marx as well as being a touring member of TOTO and Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band.
Text and photos by Alex Kluft
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