Just minutes ago, TMZ reported that Glenn Frey of the Eagles has died at the age of 67, apparently of complications related to "intestinal issues." Frey was of course best known as the co-founder of the band that he insisted did not use a definite article: Eagles. He sang lead on "Heartache Tonight," "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise" and sang, wrote, or co-wrote many massive hits, before going on to success as a solo artist in the '80s with songs like "Smuggler's Blues" and "The Heat Is On," thus helping to define the sound of two consecutive decades.
Frey's death confirmed at eagles.com:
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. 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
Though one is tempted to point out some contrast between the lives, deaths, and careers of Frey and David Bowie, and while several leap to mind, there will be time enough for think pieces. It seems far more respectful to offer condolences to Frey's fans and loved ones, and to note that we appear to have entered a phase in which the legends of rock'n'roll will now be dying in quick succession, much to the emotional dislocation of several generations' worth of listeners.
And let this be the one time when it feels appropriate to post an Eagles song on Slog.