Eagles, Jackson Browne Pay Emotional Tribute to Glenn Frey at the Grammys
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Browne and Frey composed the song, which later became the opening track for the Eagles’ 1972 self-titled debut – and the band’s first hit single. Browne was joined by Frey’s stalwart Eagles co-founder Don Henley, along with surviving band members including Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh. Browne handled the lead vocal, while Leadon took over the guitar solo – just as he did on the original version.
Frey unexpectedly passed following years of health issues. His stomach problems became so debilitating last fall that the Eagles nixed a ceremony where they were to be honored at the Kennedy Center. Instead, Frey underwent major surgery back in December. The Eagles star never recovered, moving in and out of comas before dying on Jan. 18.
“Even in our desire to honor the legacy of this band, Glenn’s passing — coming so close to the night of the show — presented certain challenges,” Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said, in a pre-show discussion. “What is really gratifying is what the surviving members of the Eagles felt about the importance of honoring Glenn’s legacy by coming and appearing on the show.”
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