Eagles star Don Henley has paid tribute to his late bandmate Glenn Frey, calling the guitarist “the man with the plan” in a heartfelt statement.
Frey lost has battle with multiple ailments on Monday (18Jan16), aged 67, and a host of music stars, famous fans and friends have taken to social media to remember The Heat is On singer.
Drummer/singer Henley has added his name to the list, by issuing a statement, in which he says Frey was “like a brother to me”.
“We were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction,” Don writes. “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.”
Henley adds, “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 is 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.”
Henley concludes his heartbreaking tribute, by writing, “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.”