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Returning by popular demand, the Fabulous Armadillos will present "Takin' it to the Limit," their tribute to the music of the Eagles, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Tornstrom Auditorium.

Returning by popular demand, the Fabulous Armadillos will present "Takin' it to the Limit," their tribute to the music of the Eagles, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Tornstrom Auditorium.

Presented by the Cultural Arts Series of Central Lakes College (CLC) Theatre, the show marks the fourth performance of this show in the Brainerd area in the past three years.

Cultural Arts Series Producer Patrick Spradlin said it was an easy decision to include the show as part of the 16-event season.

"I've heard from so many people asking us to bring this show back," he said. "We try not to repeat our events too much or too soon, but this one is the real exception to the rule."

As of this date, Spradlin notes, pre-sales of the show have reached more than 350 tickets. "That's a third of the size of the Tornstrom and we haven't even really advertised the show yet."

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It's no small wonder, given the extensive catalog of songs produced by the Eagles and their popularity with music lovers of all ages. From their breakout hit "Take it Easy" through later songs like "Love Will Keep Us Alive" and "How Long," the band has impacted American popular music. The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records, 100 million in the U.S. alone including 42 million copies of "Their Greatest Hits" (1971-75) and 32 million copies of "Hotel California." They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in U.S. history. No American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s.​

The Fabulous Armadillos have established a reputation for top-quality musicianship. Known in the St. Cloud area for their theme shows, where the band takes an idea like "One Hit Wonders" and plays songs that fit the theme, the band eventually branched out to produce tribute shows. They've performed in Brainerd with shows like Motown, Floydian Slip: a Tribute to Pink Floyd and Takin' it to the Streets: A Tribute the Doobie Brothers. Their Eagles show has played to sold-out audiences in Brainerd, Staples and venues around the state.

For "Takin' it to the Limit," the Armadillos collaborated with another local band, Collective Unconscious. The birth of the show is described by Armadillos frontman Greg Armstrong:

Armstrong said, "We started this in 2010 ... A local theater owner (Dan Barth of Pioneer Place) was telling Jeff Engholm for Collective Unconscious that they should do an Eagles show ... And they loved the Eagles but didn't think it would fit their band. Then he asked me and I said I love the Eagles, but not sure it would fit our band either. I called Dan later and said we should do it with the Collective Unconscious guys and little did we know Jeff thought about it and also called Dan about five minutes later, and said 'how about we do it with the Fabulous Armadillos?'"

The Fabulous Armadillos feature Paul Diethelm on lead guitar, Mike Zeleny on bass, Jay O'Donnel on drums, Greg Armstrong on keyboards and Billy Scherer on guitar and lead vocals. Collective Unconscious consists of Jeff Engholm on lead vocals and guitar, Nathan "Nature" Nesje on guitar, Muggsy Lauer on guitar and vocals and Richard Witteman on vocals.

Tickets for "Takin it to the Limit" are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199, or online at clcmn.edu/arts. Reserved seating tickets are $25.​

The Fabulous Armadillos will present “Takin' it to the Limit,” their tribute to the music of the Eagles, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Tornstrom Auditorium. The show is presented by the Cultural Arts Series of Central Lakes College Theatre.
The Fabulous Armadillos will present “Takin' it to the Limit,” their tribute to the music of the Eagles, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Tornstrom Auditorium. The show is presented by the Cultural Arts Series of Central Lakes College Theatre.

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