Glenn Frey Maintains The Eagles Splitting Up Was A Good Idea
Glenn Frey maintains that the Eagles breaking up in 1980 was a good idea -- and believes it actually made the band come back stronger. The Eagles, who are currently on hiatus before launching the European leg of their History Of The Eagles Tour in May, have just announced a 14-date North American run set for the summer and fall.
Frey told The New Haven Register that as far as the Eagles and their fans went -- absence definitely made the heart grow fonder, explaining, "When we were making records, our only goal was to make something good, something our peers thought was good, something we were proud of. I don't think it was a bad thing for us to break up for 14 years. I think that might've been a good thing. It gave people a chance to miss us. Yet at the same time in 1980 when the band did break up that was the beginning of classic rock as a radio format, so even though the band did break up, they played the Eagles all the time the whole while we weren't together."
Frey, who's now 65, went on to say that the Eagles hitting the road in 2014 is pretty much a world away from 1974: "Well, when we were young, we partied after the shows and before the shows and sometimes during the shows. Obviously when we got back together in 1994, I think the playing field changed and the rules have changed and we've adopted a much more professional sort of approach to what we do, so I think that's really the big difference."
He added: "We're just smarter now and understand what it means. I think it was OK to be a little bit brave and crazy in my youth years but there's nothing more unattractive than middle-aged adolescence."
Although Glenn Frey has kept busy with Eagles tours and recording sessions, we asked him why the two-decade wait between his solo albums -- 1992's Strange Weather and 2012's After Hours: "There hasn't been any time. I'd rather not fail at the husband/parent level. I feel that's the important thing that I'm doing right now. And I've got two kids off to college and I have a 10-year-old son and, a 14, I'm still doing stuff, so, y'know, it's a big life. It's busy and there hasn't been a lot of time."
August 25 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
August 27 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
August 29, 30 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
September 2 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena
September 5 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center Omaha
September 6 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
September 8 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
September 10 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
September 12 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
September 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
September 15 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
October 1 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena
October 3 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
October 4 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
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