Don Henley: Playing Meadowbrook Saturday Now Carrying The Eagles’ Torch

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Don Henley feels that with the loss of Glenn Frey, it’s up to him to keep the pair’s Eagles songs alive. Frey died on January 18th in New York City at age 67 due to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and Pneumonia.

Henley, who’s currently on tout supporting his latest solo hit album, Cass County, told The Oakland Press that he’s still dealing with the loss of Frey, admitting, “I’m still processing it, and I will be for quite some time. I think about him every day, and I think about his family and his kids and wife. They’re doing OK. We all check on them quite often, and everybody’s getting through it.”

  • He explained that his solo shows dip into the Eagles’ catalogue: “Obviously we’ll do some Eagles songs. Out of respect for (Frey) I don’t do the songs he sang, I just do the ones that I sang. But I do several songs that we co-wrote together, including of course, ‘Desperado,’ which was the first song we really wrote together. . . People want to hear those songs and I feel like it’s my responsibility to carry that torch now, to be the curator, as it were, of a lot of those songs. And I’m gonna do that.”
  • Don Henley explained what it was about the Eagles’ music that registered so deeply with their fans: “I think a lot of it has to do with timing. I think these songs came along at a time in people’s lives when they were becoming adults, or, y’know, going through a certain period in their life, their lives. And, y’know, there’s a cliche about songs being ‘the soundtrack’ to people’s lives and things like that, but I would imagine that there are a lot of different reasons for that and we don’t have a clue.”
  • Don Henley North American tour dates (subject to change):
    August 17 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
    August 19 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
    August 20 – Rochester, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
    August 21 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
    August 23 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion At Riverbend
    August 25 – Saint Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
    September 7, 8 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center At Wolf Trap
    September 10 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
    September 14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
    September 16 – Gilford, NH – Bank Of NH Pavilion
    September 17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
    September 20 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    September 21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk
    January 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land

SIDE NOTES

  • On September 25th, 2015, Don Henley released his latest solo album, Cass County, which marks his highest charting solo set to date — debuting on theBillboard 200 albums charts at Number Three — a full four spots higher than his last album, 2000’s Inside Job.
  • In addition to that, Cass County debuted at Number One on Billboard‘s Top Album Sales and Top Country Albums charts marking the first chart-topping album of Henley’s solo career, selling more than 87,000 units in its first week of release. Cass County features collaborations with Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Miranda Lambert, among others.

CHECK IT OUT: The Eagles in March 1977 performing “The Best Of Love” live in Landover, Maryland:

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