Such a special moment! Eagles founding singer, songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey was saluted by his bandmates during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15, one month after he passed away. To find out more details, keep reading.
We couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to founding Eagles member Glenn Frey. During the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 15, Glenn’s bandmates — Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon — joined close friend and songwriting collaborator Jackson Browne to sing the band’s first big hit, “Take It Easy.” The song was written by Jackson and Glenn, who died on Jan. 18, 2016.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Glenn died of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia at age 67. And his death was felt by all of Hollywood, so we’re happy to see Glenn got more than just a mention in the “In Memoriam” segment at the Grammy Awards.
Following the heartbreaking performance, the entire audience stood up and cheered.
“We wanted something simple and elegant, and in discussing it with the family, we wanted an uptempo moment,” the Eagles’ manager, Irving Azoff, told The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 8. “We knew they were going to do something to honor Glenn, as they well should,” he continued, “and our band decided they’d like to participate in it rather than watch someone else do it.” When he was asked if it would be difficult for the surviving band members to perform so soon after Glenn’s death, Irving, said, “The time is never right. But at some point, you just put one foot in front of the other and go for it.” And go for it, they did. It was such a special moment.
Before the ceremony, the executive producer of the Grammys, Ken Ehrlich, also said, “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. 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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