The Eagles started life as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, where Glenn Frey and Don Henley cut their teeth. In 1972, they recorded their self-titled debut album with former Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, a veteran of another country-rock band, Poco. By the middle of the decade – accompanied by some lineup changes, including the addition of guitarists Don Felder and Joe Walsh – the Eagles were one of the biggest bands in the world. Their 1976 greatest-hits album still ranks among the bestselling LPs ever released. In 1976, the band made its masterpiece, ‘Hotel California,’ about death and decadence in the Hollywood scene that nurtured them. In 1982, among much animosity, they broke up, but they reunited in 1994 for a series of tours and albums that have kept them busy and rolling in cash in the 21st century.
Win a Four-LP Vinyl Copy of Eagles' 'Live From the Forum MMXVIII'
The lucky fan will also take home two band-themed face masks.
Eagles Tease, Praise Irving Azoff During His Rock Hall Induction
"It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve inducted somebody who couldn’t sing or play an instrument," Don Henley joked of band's longtime manager in pre-recorded clip.
How Eagles Introduced Timothy B. Schmit on 'I Can't Tell You Why'
He arrived with the makings of this first showcase moment with the group.
Underrated Eagles: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
The BBC once reported that "Hotel California" airs on U.S. radio every 11 minutes. So, let's dig deeper.
When Future Eagle Vince Gill’s Bluegrass Band Opened for Kiss
He recalls being booed and bottled offstage but loving it in the ‘70s.
How Joe Walsh Got to Shine on Eagles' 'Pretty Maids All in a Row'
A look at how the underrated — but Bob Dylan-praised — 'Hotel California' ballad came to life.
Why Don Henley Thinks Eagles' 'Desperado' Vocal Wasn't His Best
"That was not my best work, and I wish I had the chance to do it again," singer said in 2015.