To follow the path of these ancient clichés, one a song title and one the album title, tour name and the inside meaning to one of the great reunions in recent music history could lead to only one legend, the Eagles. With the death of Glenn Frey January of 2016, many a story has been released regarding the rise, fall and resurrection of the “L.A. sound” band. (None of the Eagles were, in fact, from Los Angeles).
Co-founders Frey (Detroit, MI) guitar and drummer Don Henley (Gilmer, TX) were later joined, but not all simultaneously, by Bernie Leadon (Minneapolis, MN), Randy Meisner (Scottsbluff, NE), Don Felder (Gainesville, FL), Joe Walsh (Wichita, KS) and Timothy B. Schmit (Oakland, CA).
Early on Frey and Henley lived in close proximity to Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Having been around them and many other notables, Frey is quoted as saying, “This unspoken thing was created between Henley and me, which said, ‘“If we want to be up here with the big boys, we’d getter get our game together and write some f’ing good songs.”’
The Eagles went on to be one of the world’s best-selling band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records. Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) sold over 42 million copies alone and was the best selling album of the 20th century in the U.S. They are the highest selling American band in U.S. history.
“We’ll get together when hell freezes over,” Frey had told Henley when the band broke up. After a 14-year hiatus from 1980-1994 they released a live album named in the honor of that statement that immediately went to No. 1 on Billboard.
With the passing of Glenn Frey in January of this year, it’s another reminder of a time and youth gone by. Thanks Mr. Frey, “you belong to the night.”