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About the Eagles and their behind-the-scenes dramas

These behind-the-scenes stories from the Los Angeles Eagles show what rock idols had to go through to tell America "Take It Easy"!

What You Might Not Know About The Eagles From Los Angeles: Curious Facts About The Eagles

Eagles - a great American rock band from Los Angelesformed at the beginning 1970's years. One "Eagles" just love it while others consider them one of the greatest rock bands of all time! One way or another, and their work has greatly influenced modern popular music, and this is an iron fact. At the height of their fame, they were wildly successful and sold millions of their records around the world, however ... few people know that behind the scenes the group led a more intense and controversial lifestyle than their easy songs would suggest ... A decade that spawned a sea of great hits and sold-out shows, was also marked by quarrels, fights and addictions of the participants ... A rapidly changing line-up The Eagles and the egos that tore the band members apart have become an integral part of the history of rock and roll. These behind-the-scenes stories from the Los Angeles Eagles show what rock idols had to go through to tell America "Take It Easy"!

Glenn Fry quarreled with Randy Meisner because of his poor health

The Eagles singer and bassist Randy Meisner (Randy Meisner)
The Eagles singer and bassist Randy Meisner (Randy Meisner)

Randy Meisner was in the spotlight Eagles after taking over lead vocals on their hit "Take it to the Limit"! It is known that Meisner could hardly endure long tours, not to mention the fact that he had to deal with frantic Don Henley and Glenn Fry… One night in 1977 Randy felt ill and exhausted after a long performance and the encores that followed. When he refused to go on stage for the third time in a row (for an encore), Fry allegedly went berserk...

He called Meisner a "goat" and began to pester him, spreading his arms. Then he threw a towel in Meisner's face...

Glenn Fry and Don Felder nearly got into a fight on stage

Vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist of "The Eagles" Glenn Frey (Glenn Frey)
Vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist of "The Eagles" Glenn Frey (Glenn Frey)

In summer 1980 of the year Glenn Frye gave a concert Eagles in favor of California Senator Alan Cranston, which irritated the politically uninterested Don Felder. Felder dropped some unflattering words to the senator, thereby provoking Fry into a conflict ... The drama really flared up on stage when Felder declared: "Just three songs, and you're done, buddy!" Meanwhile, Fry recalled thinking, "Once this is over, I'll finish him off..."

By the way: the scandal of these two was so lively that the sound engineers had to turn off the microphone fry between songs. At the end of the speech Felder prevented a fight by smashing his guitar in desperation! A few days later, the band broke up...

Their manager didn't let them win a Grammy for Hotel California

Eagles "Hotel California" Album Cover
Eagles "Hotel California" Album Cover

Album Hotel California was nominated for a Grammy Award 1978 of the year in the "Album of the Year" nomination, but the manager Eagles, Irving Azoff, that wasn't very impressive... He allegedly didn't allow the group to attend the awards ceremony, as the victory was not guaranteed...

In the end, the Eagles won, but none of the band members were present at the ceremony to accept the award. Azoff released a statement saying that Eagles were too busy working on a new album, ending it with the words: “This is the future. Hotel California is the past!” After death Glenn Fry in 2016 his former bandmates accepted a Grammy for their album 1976 of the year.

They recorded their last album separately

The Eagles
The Eagles

After the collapse Eagles owed one more album to Asylum Records, which teamed up with Elektra Records. They decided to release an album of "live" tracks, Eagles Liveto fulfill his obligation, but this required new recordings ...

By this time, the band members reportedly hated each other to the point of refusing to meet even for short sessions. For this reason, the producer Bill Shimchik allegedly had to collect harmonies by phone and by mail ...

Eagles members secretly erased Don Felder's vocals

The Eagles
The Eagles

Don Felder started his career as a guitarist for the Eagles in 1974 year. He later got a chance to sing on the track "Victim of Love" for the legendary album Hotel California! Felder co-wrote the song and recorded take after take to get it right, but his bandmates didn't like it... Glenn Fry would later say:

“Despite all his talents, Don was never a singer…”

Their manager Irving Azoff, invited Felder to dinner as a front while the other members Eagles erased his vocals from the track. And although Felder eventually learned the truth and admitted that the end result was indeed better, he apparently never forgot about the deception ...

They refused to record two songs for $2 million

In process Eagles Live label Asylum made every effort to resolve the differences of the group members. Members Eagles there was even an offer of $2 million to record two new songs for the album! However… the antagonism between the band members was too great and the Eagles rejected such a tempting offer.

Joe Walsh once allegedly glued hotel room furniture to the ceiling.

Joe Walsh "The Eagles"
Joe Walsh "The Eagles"

guitar player Eagles Joe Walsh was known for his rebellious lifestyle! Memoirs of a Manager David Spero:

“One day I went to visit Walsh and found him sleeping next to the window sill in a huge house that had no furniture except for a car seat and a piano! On the road, he was a special person ... Real life was not easy for him ... "

Also, according to Spero, Walsh could glue all the furniture in the hotel room to the ceiling and use a chainsaw to rearrange the chairs and tables in the manager's hotel room Eagles by Irving Azoff

For former members there was no turning back

Singer, guitarist and mandolinist "The Eagles" Bernie Leadon (Bernie Leadon)
Singer, guitarist and mandolinist "The Eagles" Bernie Leadon (Bernie Leadon)

Despite the popularity Eagles, former members were rarely allowed to return to the group ... So, one of the founders Randy Meisner offered his services several times, including for one show in Los Angeles, but was consistently turned down. The only exception to this rule was the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the time they allowed Bernie Leadon perform as a guest during their tour 2013 of the year.

Don Felder never considered the Eagles to be his comrades.

Donald Felder (Don Felder) "The Eagles"
Donald Felder (Don Felder) "The Eagles"

In one of his interviews Don Felder shared:

“You know, I admire a band like U2 who share brotherly love and despite the money still care about the music… This has never happened and never will with the Eagles. I find it ironic that a group with a name that stands for freedom in America is ruled by nothing but money!”

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