Loss of Glenn Frey. End of the Eagles. End of an era.

I had to Google it, but I found it.

On June 28, 2002, the Eagles came to Lubbock on tour.  They have always been my favorite band and we were all excited they were touring again.  They had had issues over the years and had broken up and made up several times and there they were…together and in Lubbock.  It was seriously the best concert I’ve ever seen.  They came on stage relatively on time (only about 15 minutes late), had no opening band and sang for 2 1/2 hours.  They sang every Eagles song I’d ever heard and they were perfect.   As a side note, Britany Spears had been in our arena a month or so before and her equpment had blown out all of the power, resulting in her concert being cancelled.  I still remember her on the news saying “Please don’t boo me”.   I remember thinking the Eagles did not need lights and smoke and mirrors.  They could have sat on the edge of the stage with their acoustic guitars and sounded perfect because they had talent. I also remember thinking I could be an Eagles groupie.

The members of the band, like most brilliantly talented people, have had creative differences over the years.  They identified as a “dysfunctional family” but today Glenn Frey, their lead guitarist died  and his writing partner Don Henley released a statement:

“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 his 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.”
-Don Henley
And the official Eagles website says:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we 
..the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.

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.

Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey|
Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff
“It’s Your World Now”
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
But I’d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin’ soon
It’s your world now

It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now

Even when we are apart
You’ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there’s still time
My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It’s your world now
Use well your time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That’s how it’s meant to be
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
Life will never again be the same.  I know that’s saying a lot but it’s true  I cannot say it affects me every day but the loss of this talented man is Elvis-John Lennon-Buddy Holly epic.  
It may be raining, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you
You better let somebody love you,
Before it’s too late.

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