Don Henley feels right at home in the heartland.
One of the founding members of the iconic Eagles, Henley will perform Saturday night at the Downstream Casino Resort.
“If the conditions are right, I’d just as soon play in Quapaw, Okla., as in New York or Los Angeles,” Henley told the News-Record in an e-mail interview. “In fact, I prefer working in the heartland. I feel more at home.”
This will be Henley’s first visit to northeast Oklahoma, but he’s been to Tulsa twice in the past year for concerts with the Eagles at the BOK Center.
“Oklahomans apparently like what I do and I like Oklahoma, so it all works out just fine,” he said. “It’s nice to break away, but I am ready to go back on tour (with the Eagles).”
Henley said the concert will be a mix of his songs as well as Eagles’ classics, bridging the 1970s,’80s,’90s and current.
Henley’s appearance is the first in the casino’s inaugural summer concert series and also marks the “coming out party” for The Venue at Downstream, a state-of-the-art outdoor concert facility with a capacity of 6,200.
Saturday’s concert is the second of two that he’s making before the Eagles embark on a European swing with their Long Road Out of Eden Tour.
Henley performed at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla., Thursday.
The Downstream Casino Resort is located just off I-44 on the Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri borders.
It is owned and operated by the Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.
How does Henley juggle his solo career with the continued success of the Eagles?
“I’m a good juggler,” he said. “I’m a multi-tasking machine. Besides my two music careers, the most important thing is ensuring that I make time for my family. I have three children, ages 9, 11 and 13. That’s a full-time job, right there, and I take my parenting duties very seriously. I’m even on the school board.”
Henley said he’s been blessed with good health.
“I do have to spend time in the gym to keep my stamina up, but hard work has its rewards,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the day when I can slow down a little but, right now, things are moving right along and I’m grateful for all of it.”
Tickets are $100, $80, $60, $40, and $30 for lawn seating, and can be purchased at the Downstream Box Office located inside the hotel’s gift shop or through Protix online at www.protix.com, or 866-977-6849.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at Downstream’s 6,200-seat outdoor concert facility, The Venue. The show begins at about 8 p.m.
Tickets also available at Downstream Casino Resort Heckaton Gift Shop or by calling ProTix at 866-977-6849.
The show will run as scheduled — rain or shine.