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Eagles gitarist og grunnlegger Glenn Frey er død

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Skrevet av Knut Eirik Myhre

Det er med stor sorg at det amerikanske rockebandet Eagles mandag kveld (norsk tid) 19. januar har publisert på sin facebookside at Glen Frey (67) er død.

Den publiserte meldingen er som følger:

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

Meldingen avsluttes med teksten til sangen «It`s Your World Now» som er skrevet av Glenn Frey og Jack Tempchin fra Eagles albumet «Long Road Out Of Eden» utgitt i 2007.

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin` low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn`t last
But I`d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin` soon
It`s your world now

It`s your world now
My race is run
I`m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You?ll be alright
It?s your world now

Even when we are apart
You`ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there`s still time
My one last wish: someday, you`ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It`s your world now
Use well your time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That`s how it`s meant to be
It`s your world now
It`s your world now
It`s your world now

Bandkollega og venn Don Henley som også er en av Eagles grunnleggerne publisert følgende på sin facebookside:

 

– He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. 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. But, 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. 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. – Don Henley

Glenn Frey (6. november 1948 – 18. januar 2016) var en amerikansk musiker, sanger, låtskriver, produsent og skuespiller, best kjent som en av grunnleggerne av Eagles. Frey sang også vokal på mange av Eagles store hits som blant annet «Take It Easy», «Tequila Sunrise», «New Kid in Town «, «Heartache Tonight » og «How Long».

Når Eagles ble oppløst i 1980 startet Glenn Frey en meget suksessfull solokarriere der han utgav flere store hitlåter som blant annet  «The Heat Is On» som kanskje den aller største. Låta som blant annet er kjent fra filmsuksessen Beverly Hills Cop fra 1984 med  Eddie Murphy som Axel Foley i hovedrollen. Eagles ble gjenforent i 1994 og som medlem av bandet mottok Frey hele seks Grammy-priser, og fem American Music Awards. Eagles ble også innlemmet i Rock and Roll Hall of Fame i 1998.

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