Sunday, March 13, 2016
Don Henley says the The Eagles' emotional tribute to Glenn Frey at the Grammy Awards last month marks the band’s farewell performance.
The group were joined by Jackson Browne at the event to perform their first hit, 1972’s “Take It Easy.”
The performance was a billed as one-time only special tribute to Frey, who passed away January 18 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.
“It’s been a great loss for a lot of us, and we’re still trying to cope with it,” Henley tells BBC Radio 2.
As for the Grammys appearance, "It was very difficult and very emotional,” he explains. “We actually almost didn't do it, but the Grammy people were very insistent so we decided that we would do it.
“Jackson was the appropriate person to sing the song because, as most people know, Jackson started the song; he was the first one to start writing the song and Glenn helped him finish it many, many years ago – back in the early 70s. So he was the perfect person to come and sing the song in tribute and I thought it went pretty well. We were very emotional but we did it.”
The drummer says the Frey tribute has brought an end to The Eagles, 45 years after they formed in Los Angeles.
“I think that was the final farewell,” says Henley. “I don’t think you’ll see us performing again. I think that was probably it."
The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with more than 150 million records sold.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated.
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