It’s been a terrible month for music, with icon after icon falling tragically to illness. First Lemmy, then Bowie, now Glenn Frey.
Today on the Lynda Steele show, we were joined by Rock 101’s Dean Hill, and took a moment to remember the Eagles’ founder who touched so many lives.
Hill says Frey was legendary both as a songwriter and a voice, and as a part of a band that had an impact that’s hard to imagine in today’s music world.”
“[When] I was a kid, and I wasn’t even in radio – I would hear the new Eagles song and I would drive straight to the record store. That’s the kind of power they had over me and millions and millions of other people.”
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Hill says part of that appeal was no doubt because of Frey’s fiery personality – he was known for his temper and his ego.
Those elements helped drive the band – but they also sewed the seeds of chaos.
And they were made famous during a 1980 concert at Long Beach where a fight erupted between Frey and band mate Don Felder.
“It got so bad Frey is saying to him near the end of the show – ‘hey, only two more songs Felder, and I’m coming over there to kick your ass!'”
Felder smashed his guitar as he left the stage — and the band essentially imploded until 1994.
Hill says while fellow Eagle Don Henley may have had the more successful solo career, there’s no doubt Frey will be remembered as a powerful writer and story teller, leaving behinds songs like One of these Nights and Lyin’ Eyes.
And the best of the best?
“Take it easy. Absolutely. That’s where it all began as he says on the Hell Freezes Over collection of tunes.”