Henley: We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to LA with same dream

Don Henley has released a heartbreaking statement on the death of his “brother” Glenn Frey:

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything. 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.”

Frey sang lead on Take it Easy (among other Eagles’ greats), and I’m going to keep thinking of him “running down the road”:

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“#RIP Glenn Frey,” said Entertainment Tonight’s Leeza Gibbons on Twitter. “Thanks for providing the soundtrack of our lives.” Amen. See more celebrity reactions to Frey’s death here.

3 comments to “Henley: We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to LA with same dream”
  1. Don, My heart goes out to you and Glenn’s Family. You are so right that the music that came from your collective hearts and talents has had a major impact on so many people. Thank you for sharing your lives with your fans and know that we are all keeping you and Glenn’s family in our thoughts and prayers. I bet Glenn is up there, singing with the Angels.

  2. Don, I can’t imagine how you feel. The Eagles have been a mainstay of mainstream music most of my life. i can only hope you will continue creating genuine musical awe as you always have.
    Carry on

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