A pall of gloom fell on the music world as while it was still mourning the passing away of David Bowie, the Eagles, the legendary band of the ‘Hotel California’ fame, lost one of its founding members and lead guitarist Glenn Frey. Colleagues, fans and stalwarts from the music industry lamented the great loss and paid tribute to the legend on social media website Twitter.
Mourning the sad loss and paying tribute to the great musician, American recording artist Terry McDermott (@TerryMacMusic) tweeted: “Take your final bow Glenn Frey. You made me fall in love with music. Thank you. RIP.” He also shared a YouTube link of The Eagles’ ‘New Kid in Town’ video on the micro-blogging website.
Popular American actor Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) tweeted: “Glenn Frey created the soundtrack of my life and was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. Devastated.”
Comedian Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) wrote, “The first and last song I ever learned on guitar was "Take It Easy" written by Glenn Frey.#respect #RIP.”
Bass guitarist for thrash metal band Anthrax Frank Bello (@TheFrankBello) mourned the loss of the legendary musician as well as others in the recent past. He tweeted, “R.I.P. Glen Frey… So many amazing talents leaving us”
Canadian musician and actor Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) also expressed grief, tweeting, “Oh Dear. RIP Glen Frey of The Eagles. Your tunes saved me more nights than I can count.”
A fan, Ken Broo (@kenbroo), tweeted, “Good Lord. RIP Glen Frey. The Eagles are the best band I’ve EVER seen in concert. What a great loss to the music profession.”
Another fan, Kal Patel @KalPatel, tweeted: "RIP #GlennFrey ….thank you for #HotelCalifornia".
Meanwhile, band member Don Henley, in his tribute to Frey wrote: “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 his wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”
Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as Hotel California and Life in the Fast Lane, died on Monday. Frey had been battling multiple ailments. The band’s website said ‘The One You Love’ singer died in New York. He was 67.
Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.