Remember Glenn Frey With These 10 Great Videos: Live, Interviews And More
Today (Jan. 18) Eagles founding member Glenn Frey died at the age of 67. Collaborating with the likes of Don Henley and Joe Walsh, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist performed on some of rock 'n' roll's most iconic songs with Eagles. After they broke up in 1980, Frey enjoyed a successful solo career and honed his acting skills, performing in shows like Miami Vice and films such as Jerry Maguire. Eagles reformed in 1994, and Frey continued his duties -- both live and in the studio -- until the end of his life.
Below, we've compiled videos from throughout Frey's life to help remember his music, his contributions to pop culture, and beyond.
“Take It Easy” live in 1972
Eagles formed in 1971, and “Take It Easy” was released as their first single in 1972. Glenn Frey co-wrote it with Jackson Browne. Here is a well-preserved video of the band performing it live during the year it came out.
“Peaceful Easy Feeling” for the BBC
Here’s a good-quality video of the band performing live during its early years. The track is “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” being played for the BBC, with Frey at center stage, on lead vocals.
“Lyin’ Eyes” live
Here’s a great video of the band performing its 1975 hit “Lyin’ Eyes” around the peak of its popularity, in 1977. Singing lead, Frey is front and center.
“Hotel California” live in ’77
Frey co-wrote Eagles’ signature song, “Hotel California.” Here they are performing it live the during year it came out, 1977.
“New Kid in Town” live in ’77
“New Kid in Town” is their second biggest Billboard hit with Frey singing lead. Here is the band opening a 1977 Washington, D.C. concert with it.
“You Belong to the City” music video
Frey wrote and performed “You Belong to the City” for 1985’s Miami Vice soundtrack. As a single, it went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying "The Heat Is On" for his biggest solo hit. The soundtrack itself led the Billboard 200 for 11 weeks.
Interview With Bob Costas
In this excellent 1992 interview with Bob Costas, watch Frey reflect on his time with Eagles, including his personal favorite songs and his defiant response to the band's bad reviews. He wasn't a big fan of music journalists.
Elaine’s “Desperado”-obsessed boyfriend
Seinfeld’s writers paid a major tribute to Eagles on a 1996 episode called “The Checks.” Here, Elaine dates a guy who is so obsessed with the band’s “Desperado” that he silences her whenever it plays. When he won’t share “his” song with her, she tries to make “Witchy Woman” her own Eagles song, but to no avail. Frey co-wrote “Desperado” and played piano on it. He performed backing vocals and lead guitar on “Witchy Woman.”
“Heartache Tonight” live
This was Eagles’ biggest Billboard hit to feature Frey on lead vocals. Here is the band performing it in Philadelphia in 2013.
One of His Last Interviews
Watch Frey chat with Dan Patrick in April 2015 in one of his last interviews.