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Eagles star Don Henley pays heartfelt tribute to late bandmate 'the man with the plan' Glenn Frey

Published 19/01/2016 | 07:19

Glenn Frey performs with the Eagles
Glenn Frey performs with the Eagles

Eagles star Don Henley has paid tribute to his late bandmate Glenn Frey, calling the guitarist "the man with the plan" in a heartfelt statement.

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Frey lost has battle with multiple ailments on Monday aged 67, and a host of music stars, famous fans and friends have taken to social media to remember The Heat is On singer.

Glenn Frey performing Belfast in 2009 - the Eagles guitarist has died aged 67 (AP)
Glenn Frey performing Belfast in 2009 - the Eagles guitarist has died aged 67 (AP)

Drummer/singer Henley has added his name to the list, by issuing a statement, in which he says Frey was "like a brother to me".

"We were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction," Don writes. "But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.

"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 adds, "Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything.

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Original members Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon departed in the mid-'70s, Glenn Frey and Don Felder came to blows backstage during a concert; Frey and Don Henley mixed 1980’s LP 'Eagles Live' from opposite coasts as they could not stand to be in the same state let alone the same studio with each other and by the end of the year, The Eagles were no more. They each explored various musical projects with varying degrees of success until an improbable reunion in 1994. At the time of the break-up, Henley declared the group will reunite
The Eagles Original members Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon departed in the mid-'70s, Glenn Frey and Don Felder came to blows backstage during a concert; Frey and Don Henley mixed 1980’s LP 'Eagles Live' from opposite coasts as they could not stand to be in the same state let alone the same studio with each other and by the end of the year, The Eagles were no more. They each explored various musical projects with varying degrees of success until an improbable reunion in 1994. At the time of the break-up, Henley declared the group will reunite "when hell freezes over." The band's live album of its 1994 reunion tour is titled “Hell Freezes Over.”

"We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year History of the Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.

"I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet."

Members of the band The Eagles (L - R) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit attend the premiere of the film
Members of the band The Eagles (L - R) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit attend the premiere of the film "History of the Eagles Part One" during Sundance London, at the O2 Arena in London in this April 25, 2013 file photo

Henley concludes his heartbreaking tribute, by writing, "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."

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