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Thursday, July 31, 2014

This day in HISTOROCK !! The Eagles !!

        This day in HISTOROCK !!

                        In 1980, during an Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal," Frey told Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn't bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio. They eventually fired Don Felder !!  Felder didn't go quietly after he was fired. He filed 2 lawsuits that were later settled out of court, and wrote a scathing tell-all book and said of the documentary "a lot of things that weren't discussed, a lot of issues that aren't brought to the forefront. It glorified Henley and Frey's work, giving very little credit to all the other people who had worked so hard on the recordings - including Bernie (Leadon), Randy, myself, the other things people brought to the table like (producer) Bill Szymczyk." This was all caught on tape and is part of the Eagles documentary "History Of The Eagles" that aired on Showtime in Feb 2013 and was released on DVD in April,2013 and is quite revealing !! Don henley and Glenn Frey really come across as bullies !! Longtime Eagles fan Lyle Givant who has seen the band 20 times and always supported Henley and Frey until he seen the documentary said : "Frey and Henley come across as two guys who have zero regret over how badly they've treated people over the years. It was hard for me to watch this documentary at times because I've loved the band for so long. I'm sure it wasn't the director's intention, but she made Frey and Henley look pretty bad. They clearly still live by the motto that the end justifies the means. If it's supposedly good for the band, screw it if people get hurt." Leonard Novarro, another longtime fan agreed with Givant, saying : "I was taken aback by this film. ''Frey and Henley seem very egotistical and arrogant and acted childishly toward Felder and never should have fired him." As the film chronicles, Randy Meisner was having trouble hitting the high notes on Take it to the Limit, one of the band's biggest hits, during his final tour with the band. Instead of being understanding and supportive, Frey and Henley  berated and intimidated him. Frey, who comes across in the film as more of a heavy than Henley,  just went off on Meisner, who subsequently quit at the height of the Eagles' fame !! Felder also told Billboard that he was surprised by the anger and bitterness from Frey . "It really left me taken aback that he was still so angry about all of that, and I couldn't understand why, to tell the truth. I've been way past it for about 10 years now" !! After watching the DVD, I lost a lot of respect for Frey & Henley, who seem to have little to no respect for anyone else !! Here is video with Glenn Frey and members of The Eagles talking about the incident !! Even some audio of Felder and Frey going back and forth !! INCREDIBLE !! "Take it to the limit one more time :-)

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