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Don Henley Feels He’s 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 tour 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.”

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

Photo Courtesy of Capitol Records

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