Weekly Artist Spotlight: The Eagles

Some 45 years after their massive musical debut, The Eagles and their legendary songs remain as popular as ever, earning them a rightful place as this week’s Spotlight Artist.

The Eagles emerged in the early 1970s during an era where rock and roll was continuously being dissected and innovated, making it rather difficult for new bands to gain traction among the likes of established acts like The Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Buffalo Springfield. For the four-piece band—then comprised of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner—creating a distinct sound came natural, and the Los Angeles-based group quickly became stars thanks to the success of debut single “Take It Easy.”

Over the next decade, The Eagles would swap out Leadon and Meisner for longtime members Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, produce timeless hits like “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Desperado,” and “Hotel California,” win Grammys, and cultivate their own sub-genre of rock appropriately known as California rock.

Like several bands of the time, the group took a hiatus for members to focus on solo projects but remained in the hearts of fans and inspired a new generation of musical artists. When the group reunited in the 90s, they were honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and had toured as recently as 2013.

The music world was shocked by the untimely death of founding member Glenn Frey in January 2016 at the age of 67, leaving many to believe that the band would not come together again, as confirmed by a grieving Henley. Until now, that is.

Henley, Walsh, and Schmit reunited on stage for headlining gigs at the Classic West and Classic East festivals last month, along with Glenn Frey’s son Deacon and country artist Vince Gill added to the reconfigured lineup. Fellow music greats The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Journey were also featured at the gathering.

The band will headline Seattle’s Classic Northwest with the Doobie Brothers on September 30 before embarking on brief, but meaningful fall tour. An Evening with the Eagles is set to travel to Greensboro, Atlanta, Louisville and Detroit from October 17-27, also with Deacon Frey and Gill in tow.

The newly-announced tour revives the hope that longtime fans held following Frey’s death that the band had not seen its final days. We certainly hope that we have not seen the last of The Eagles.