A week after the death of famous British musician David Bowie at 69, the rock ‘n’ roll world has lost two more musicians at the age of 67.
The better known of the two is Glenn Frey, founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, a hugely popular American rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 1971 but has also been touring to sold-out crowds in recent years.
Frey died Monday in New York.
The band said in a statement: “Glenn fought a brave battle over the past few weeks but sadly succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.”
His teammate Don Henley says Frey was like a brother to him.
Frey “started it all”, says Henley, and was “the spark plug, the man with the plan”. He says Frey had “an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t give up.”
A collection of the Eagles’ greatest hits of the mid-1970s and “Hotel California” are among the best-selling albums in history.
Besides the many hit songs Frey had with the Eagles, he also had some success as a solo artist in the 1980s after the Eagles broke up. But when they reunited for their first gig in April 1994, Frey said, “For the record, we never broke up. We just took 14 years of vacation.”
Frey was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs. His solo hits include “The Heat Is On” and “Smuggler’s Blues”.
The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Also on Monday, news broke that Dale Griffin, drummer for 1970s British rock band Mott the Hoople, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about ten years ago.
Ironically, the band’s biggest hit song – 1972’s “All the Young Dudes” – was written and produced by Bowie, who also sang backup vocals on the record.
Some information for this report comes from AP.