By Jeremy Gaunt

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - When veteran California rock
band the Eagles hit the stage in London at the weekend, there
was no pretence about why people had come to see them or what
the band was expected to do.

It was a case of play the songs we know, dudes, and please
don't change anything.

So a lively run-through of "Hotel California", "Tequila
Sunrise", "Take it Easy", "Witchy Woman", "Life In The Fast
Lane", "Desperado", "Take It To The Limit" and more than three
hours of other Eagles standards went down a storm with a packed
crowd at the cavernous O2 Arena.

Which is exactly what the band - founded in 1971 and still
playing, give or take a 14-year split-up - intended.

"We know why our audience comes," co-founder Don Henley told
Reuters. "We are not up there to indulge our musical interests.
We are most interested in making the listener happy."

Indeed, the Eagles' current world tour is called "History of
the Eagles" and is a rare beast in that it is the concert of the