Following the announcement this afternoon that musician Glenn Frey died today in New York at age 67, tributes from those in the worlds of music, entertainment, media and politics are quickly pouring in for the Eagles co-founder. Friends, peers and admirers shared condolences and memories of the hitmaker and occasional actor whose music helped define mainstream American rock music in the 1970s.
Shortly after word spread, Frey’s bandmate and fellow Eagles co-founder Don Henley paid tribute to his friend in a touching statement. “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,” Henley wrote. “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.”
Henley credited Frey as “the one who started it all,” calling him “the spark plug, the man with the plan.” Henley praised Frey’s work ethic and lauded him as “funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.”
Added Henley: “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.”
Tributes came from some surprising sources, like Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who tweeted “Oh man. Glenn Frey. Damn it. RIP…:”, or The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, who said “Joining the heavenly band… RIP Glenn Frey…”
“So sad to hear of the passing of Glenn Frey,” said Carson Daly. “I had the great pleasure of knowing him and he was beyond gracious. Praying for his family. RIP” Fellow former MTV VJ Martha Quinn also mourned Frey, offering “Heartache today. Eagle Glenn Frey has passed away. RIP”
“I’m so shocked and saddened to learn that Glenn Frey has died,” said country musician Travis Tritt, who covered Frey’s “Take It Easy”for the 1993 tribute album Common Thread. “He was always so nice to me. This is devastating!”