My husband and I just watched the most interesting documentary on netflix about the legendary rock group "The Eagles". Their songs are popular and have been played a lot through the years on rock stations, but one thing I didn't realize was how when they broke up as a band, they broke up in 1980. I thought they had broken up later than that. Three of the singers within the band went on to do lots of solo singing in the 1980s. Then in 1994, they did a big reunion tour that led them to getting back together and going on tour and even making new music. The documentary was made in 2013. I need to research online to see if they are still together today.
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FourWalls wrote on January 17, 2016, 8:55 PM
Actually, all members of the Eagles have done solo albums. Henley has enjoyed the most commercially successful solo career, and is the only Eagle to win a solo Grammy award. Joe Walsh was a successful solo artist before he joined the Eagles. Glenn Frey had a couple of hits in the 80's ("The One You Love" and "The Heat is On," the latter from the "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack) and did some acting. Randy Meisner had a couple of hits from his second solo album, "One More Song." He also toured with the reunited Poco in 1990 (that's when I got to see him). He currently has some serious medial issues and doesn't tour or record anymore. Don Felder released a solo album, "Airborne," in 1983. It was pretty bad. He had a couple of soundtrack songs (namely on the "Heavy Metal" soundtrack) but hasn't had much of a successful solo career. He was fired from the band and went through a rather nasty lawsuit (Henley threw a guy out of a solo concert last year for saying Felder's name, if that tells you how nasty it got!). Bernie Leadon, who was a member of the original Flying Burrito Brothers, did an album in 1977 when he first left the Eagles (Walsh replaced him), and later did a couple of novelty albums of a bluegrass band doing R&B songs called Run C&W . He actually toured with the Eagles last year. Timothy Schmit had a couple of solo albums that didn't do well. He toured with a lot of acts (I got to meet him when he was in town backing Warren Zevon in the late 80's, he also toured with Toto and Jimmy Buffett). Last year he was inducted in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as a member of Poco along with the other "classic lineup" members of the band (George Grantham, Rusty Young, Richie Furay, and Paul Cotton). Henley released a solo album late last year and did a brief tour. Walsh also did a brief tour. They were to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award in December but it was postponed because Frey had intestinal surgery and wouldn't have been able to attend. Henley said that Frey's health will be the determining factor as to whether or not the Eagles ever tour again.
Sorry you asked?
DWDavisRSL wrote on January 17, 2016, 9:05 PM
One of the things I find fascinating about the Eagles is how the rock music they created in the 1970s is now so popular with the traditional country music crowd. I'm talking about people who appreciate real country music, not this modern hick hock, country rap crap the radio stations are playing these days. I believe one of the Eagles first new songs when the reunited actually was released as a country song.1
cheri wrote on January 17, 2016, 9:06 PM
Both hubby and I love The Eagles and in fact we have a collection of their albums and even videos.
morilla wrote on January 17, 2016, 9:39 PM
There comes a point where a group consisting of such members wants to experiment or prove something or "go their own direction;" at least for awhile. Sometimes, it can simply be ego or letting your press go to your head. Other times, it's about viewing yourself a bit too seriously as an 'artist.' In the end, money and fame doesn't always equate to 'success.' It's just that when you've got a good thing going, it's not always the best idea or in your best interest to try something else.
wolfgirl569 wrote on January 17, 2016, 10:44 PM
I love their music. I think all of them did some solo work
motrojam wrote on January 18, 2016, 12:14 AM
I love The Eagles too. The lineup they had at the peak of their success isn't together anymore except briefly when they reunited for that "Hell Freezes Over" album in 1994. The core members are still together, but as FourWalls has mentioned, are not touring again until Glenn Frey is healthy once more.
Rufuszen wrote on January 18, 2016, 5:05 AM
I like The Eagles, certainly a group I would like to see live
AliCanary wrote on January 18, 2016, 7:41 AM
I guess The Long Run must have been their last album before the breakup. I LOVED that album as a kid.
AliCanary wrote on January 18, 2016, 7:47 AM
For some reason, the individual comment reply button doesn't work for me, but FourWalls - Glenn Frey actually had quite a few hits, some bigger than others. He had a successful single "Smuggler's Blues" from the Miami Vice soundtrack, and also "True Love" and "Sexy Girl". As you mentioned his acting, I know he was in at least one episode of Miami Vice. Both of Don Felder's songs from the Heavy Metal soundtrack (title track and "All of You") were fantastic, and I'm sorry his album didn't do well.
markgraham wrote on January 18, 2016, 9:43 AM
i liked The Eagles rock band back in the day as well as all the individual songs written by the individual artists mostly.
JohnRoberts wrote on January 18, 2016, 10:30 AM
Did the documentary mention the Eagles were once Linda Ronstadt's back up band? You can heard them on her third album containing some live tracks.
LeaPea2417 wrote on January 18, 2016, 11:52 AM
Yes, it mentioned that about them being in Linda Ronstadt's band. I thought that was real interesting.