Eagles grounded by mystery illness

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 September, 1994, 12:00am

AS we were saying the other day before we were rudely interrupted by something or other, three of the Eagles wanted to come to Hong Kong while two were still in make-up-their-mind mode.

So here's the update. All five finally agreed to come (gee whizz!) and Allan Zeman's Arena, co-promoting the legendary American band's visit with Dickson Poon's What's Hot, prepared to set the logistics in motion to announce the concerts for December 16 and 17 at the Coliseum.

But wait. The fax clicks and whines and out peels bad news.

Eagles frontman Glenn Frey has been stricken by a mystery intestinal ailment and the hugely successful 'Hell Freezes Over' tour has been put on hold, with the last few concerts of the sell-out American tour postponed.

Said our source: 'The rest of the band are now at home sitting by their telephones waiting to hear what the next development is.' If it's any consolation to local Eagles fans who have besieged the Keeping Posted telephone line in recent days asking for news on the concerts, we met up yesterday with public relations consultant Debbie Biber who last week attended the Eagles concert in Philadelphia.

As it happens, that concert held in the Spectrum turned out to be the last one before the tour went on hold.

Said Debbie: 'The band was absolutely brilliant.

'In fact the first thing I did when I got back to Hong Kong was to tell all my friends to make sure they got tickets for the Coliseum.' Tickets for the Japanese leg of the tour were due to go on sale this week.

But we understand the Japanese promoter has been requested not to sell any tickets for the time being.

Since the Eagles were due to come here from Tokyo, that news doesn't augur well for local fans.