In an interview with the BBC, Don Henley has spoken; the Eagles are no more following the death of Glenn Frey. That would make the group’s performance at the 2016 Grammys their final performance. (To honor him, Eagles co-founders Don Henley and Bernie Leadon and guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Timothy Schmit and Jackson Browne took to the Grammys stage for a performance of Take It Easy). Check out a portion of that performance below:
Editor’s Note: Take it Easy was the Eagles’ first single and was released in May 1972. The song was written almost entirely by Browne with some lyrics added by Frey when the pair roomed together in an East L.A. apartment block in the ’70s.
Henley said that the passing of Glen Frey was insurmountable:
“That [Grammys performance] was the final farewell. I don’t think you’ll see us performing again. I think that was probably it. I think it was an appropriate farewell.”
Henley also revealed that the Grammy performance almost didn’t happen. He added:
“It was very difficult and very emotional. We actually almost didn’t do it but the Grammy people were very insistent so we decided that we would do it and Jackson [Browne] was the perfect person to sing the song.”
The Eagles are one of the best-selling musical acts of all-time and during their career the band sold 150 million albums and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.