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Madison Square Garden Owner Books Himself as the Eagles’ Opener

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Cinderella once said that a dream is a wish your heart makes. Jim Dolan, the owner of New York City’s Madison Square Garden, knows not the meaning of that sentence. For him, a dream is a finger-snap away from reality, as evidenced by the businessman’s decision to book JD & the Straight Shothis own band, as the opening act for the Eagles at MSG on Saturday night (and again on September 18).

“The artist in me needs to be free,” Dolan told the New York Post in an interview today. 

If you’re concerned that this band you’ve never heard of might not have enough material in their repertoire to open for one of the biggest rock bands of all time, fear not. Thanks to topical songs like “Fall From Grace” (about former New York governor Eliot Spitzer) and “Governor’s Song” (which disses N.Y.C. mayor Bill de Blasio), there’s no shortage of relatable ditties. Take this lyric:

“If you dare to call the mayor, taxes got your goat / Well he don’t care, cause you’re a millionaire, and he didn’t get your vote.” Let’s not get into the song about the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, but it’s enough to know that such a song exists.

If you’re lucky enough to be in attendance at the September 18 show, Dolan has challenged fans to break the world record for most kazoos played at the same time as part of the Straight Shot’s performance, so that’s something to look forward to. Stream “Governor’s Song” below.