The Eagles don't do medleys. That, and a barrage of non-oldies, kept music history's fifth-best-selling pop act from getting to all its hits Saturday at the Verizon Center, even with a show that had two sets and ended about four hours after it began.
The band treated the crowd to (or made it endure) about half of last year's double disc, "Long Road Out of Eden." A few fine moments resulted, the best being the nearly a cappella "No More Walks in the Wood," which brought the Eagles into Crosby, Stills and Nash territory.
Yet even though this was the band that made laid-back almost a prerequisite in rock in the 1970s, most of the new material -- including "Too Busy Being Fabulous," "No More Cloudy Days," "Somebody" and the title track -- conveyed enough of a peaceful, easy feeling to put the crowd to sleep. And the cliches got silly thick during "Waiting in the Weeds." (In a matter of mere verses, Don Henley sang "every dog will have his day," "the dream was over," "go down in flame," "floating on the breeze," "the outskirts of this lonesome town," "the flavor of the week" and "fallen out of your good graces.")