Eagles fans at the Bossier City show in Louisiana on July 20, 2015 would have had no idea that the show they were watching would be the last ever Eagles concert.
The death of Glenn Frey also means the end of the Eagles. Glenn Frey and Don Henley were the two constants from day one of the band. Without Glenn, there is no more Eagles.
Eagles were meant to receive the Kennedy Center Honors on December 29, 2015 along with Carole King and George Lucas but cancelled on November 4 because of Frey’s illness. The plan was to accept the award in December 2016 when all members could attend.
A short statement at the time from the Kennedy Center read, “The presentation of a Kennedy Center Honors to the popular rock band, Eagles, has been postponed to 2016. “The Eagles will be unable to participate in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors on December 6 due to Glenn Frey’s health,” said the band in a statement. “The Kennedy Center has graciously agreed to postpone the Eagles’ award presentation until next year, when all four Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, can attend.”
At the time the Eagles confirmed that the reason for postponing the acceptance of the award was because Glenn “has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”
In June 2015 when they were announced to receive the honor Eagles in a join statement said, “We are deeply grateful to have been named a Kennedy Center honoree,” the Eagles said in June in a collective statement. “The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation, and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Popular music is one of America’s greatest exports – a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection.”
In a statement today Don Henley said, “We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year ‘History of the Eagles Tour’ to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”
The Music-News.com exclusive interview from 2012 is below in tribute to the singer.