Glenn Frey of the Eagles dead at 67

Glenn Frey from US rock band The Eagles performing at The Superdome, Homebush, Sydney. Photo: Domino Postiglione MESSAGE WALL -Glenn Frey: Share your memoriesOne of those crazy old nights at Hanging RockGlenn Frey, songwriting powerhouse and co-founder of one of the most successful bands of all-time,the Eagles,has died age 67 after succumbing from complications due to various intestinal issues.

With the country-tinged soft rock giants theEagles, and as a solo artist,Freyreleased 24 Americantop 40 singles.

The Eagles’ official website released a statement saying, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.”

The statement added:”Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.” He is believed to have been recovering from intestinal surgery.

Frey learned piano at the age of six, thenguitar at 16 in 1964 after seeing the Beatles in concert. Heformed the Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner after initially combining as a backing group for singer Linda Ronstadt.

Freyco-wrote the group’s first single,Take it Easywith solo artist Jackson Browne but morecruciallyformed a productive songwriting partnership with Henley, which would yield dozens of singles – includingHotel California,Life in the Fast Lane,One of These NightsandHeartache Tonight-but also lead to a power struggle in the band.

Henley released his own statement following the news of Frey’sdeath, calling him “the spark plug” to the Eagles and “the man with a plan” and “funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven”.

“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, IrvingAzoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.”

Frey won six Grammy awards with the Eagles, playing guitar, piano and providing vocals on severalclassic Eagles songs includingTequila Sunrise,Lyin’ Eyes,Heartache TonightandTake it Easy.

When the Eagles split in 1980, Freypursued a successful solo career, releasing theme songs for the hit movieBeverly Hills Cop(The Heat Is On) and hugely popular TV seriesMiami Vice(You Belong to the City). He even guest-starred inMiami Viceand had a string of film and TV appearancesincluding a minor role in Tom Cruise’sJerry Maguire.

He released his lastsolo album in 2012,After Hours, a lounge-flavoured collection rock and pop classics such asRoute 66andThe Look of Love.

It is not yet known if the Eagles, which became one of the world’s most consistently successfultouring acts after a stellar 1970s in the charts, will continue in any form without their co-founder and lead guitarist. Theirfour-year, 161-date ‘Long Road Out of Eden’ world tour, which earned an estimated US$250 million, is regarded one of the most successful tours of all-time.

Forty four years into their career the Eagles managedan arena tour ofAustralia in early 2015, on their History of the Eagles world tour, earningmixed reviews.

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