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History of the Eagles 

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The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.




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Series cast summary:
Don Henley ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Glenn Frey ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Don Felder ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Joe Walsh ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Randy Meisner Randy Meisner ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Bob Seger ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
JD Souther ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Kenny Rogers ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Jackson Browne ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
David Geffen ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
John Boylan John Boylan ...  Himself - Linda Ronstadt's Manager 2 episodes, 2013
Bernie Leadon Bernie Leadon ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Glyn Johns ...  Himself - producer 2 episodes, 2013
Jack Tempchin Jack Tempchin ...  Himself - songwriter 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' 2 episodes, 2013
Henry Diltz ...  Himself - photographer and album cover artist 2 episodes, 2013
Gary Burden ...  Himself - album cover artist 2 episodes, 2013
Irving Azoff ...  Himself - The Eagle's manager 2 episodes, 2013
Bill Szymczyk Bill Szymczyk ...  Himself - producer 2 episodes, 2013
Timothy B. Schmit ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Jerry Brown ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2013
Stevie Nicks ...  Herself 1 episode, 2013
Steuart Smith Steuart Smith ...  Himself 1 episode, 2013
Joni Mitchell ...  Herself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013
Carole King ...  Herself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013
James Taylor ...  Himself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013
Elton John ...  Himself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013
Linda Ronstadt ...  Herself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013
Stephen Stills ...  Himself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2013


The life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles.

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15 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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There is a scene in the 2nd half showing the band (in black and white) singing in a trailer park featuring airstream trailers, this is almost identical to the Radiohead music video for Street Spirit (fade out). See more »


Glenn Frey claims that "Take It To The Limit" was the Eagle's first number one record. In fact their first number one record was "Best of My Love" released over a year before. See more »


Heartache Tonight
Written by Bob Seger, JD Souther, Glenn Frey and Don Henley
Performed by the Eagles
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a must for eagles fans
5 March 2018 | by BoomerDTSee all my reviews

I saw the Eagles in concert back in the summer of 77 (Linda Ronstadt opened!) at KC's Arrowhead Stadium, when the Eagles were at their peak, shortly after "Hotel California" had been released. Fast forward about 4 years, early fall 1981, I was hung-over in the afternoon after having celebrated my bachelor party the previous evening. I would be getting married in about 5 hours and was scared shitless. So I popped a beer, lit up a joint, threw a steak on the grill and listened to the HC album as it was the perfect background music for my brain as I tried to get a perspective on where I had been and where I was going. (BTW, still married to my love) The Eagles and their music were the perfect soundtrack for my life during the 70's when my priorities were girls, booze, recreational drugs, girls, bars, music, cars and girls.

So I was and remain a huge fan, although not interested in paying $200 plus for decent tickets to see them in concert (I might have paid $10 in 1977) and I've viewed the SHO doc about 4 times, recently for the first time since Frey's passing. I assume virtually everyone reading this page has also viewed it, so all can do is offer a few thoughts on a solid documentary about a what was a truly great band.

As is with most of these type of documentary's, the most interesting part are the early years, when the Eagles formed a group after being sidemen for various bands in the LA music scene of the late 60's and early 70's. Henley made an excellent observation about making it big but realizing that there were other musicians and writers, just as talented, but for one reason or another didn't get the big career break. Sometimes it's just being in the right place at the right time and for the Eagles, the wave broke just perfectly. After hitting the band hit superstardom with HC, Henley and Frey would align to take creative control of the group, which would ultimately cause the departure of two of the other originals, guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. Lead guitarist Don Felder joined the band on album #3 "On the Border" (my personal favorite) and kicked the band up a notch with his blistering work, plus wrote the music for tune "Hotel California" (Henley & Frey try to minimize his contribution.) And it seems after HC everything pretty much went into the shitter as far as their relationships with one another as greed, arrogance and drugs devoured the band.

Some nice reflections by Joe Walsh, who was already a big name in rock when he joined the group for HC, replacing Leadon. Walsh almost killed himself through years of drug and alcohol abuse. He was able to clean himself up when the group reunited in 94 after 13 years and was able to tolerate the arrogance of Henley and Frey. Felder wasn't willing and ultimately would be fired by Henley, Frey and their manager Irving Azoff, the consigliere of the band. In retrospect Felder may have made the mistake that many make, overvaluing their contribution and importance to their organization. He did file a lawsuit for breach of contract that was settled by both parties and wrote a book about his experience that ultimately left him persona non grata to Henley and Frey and not in consideration for any further work with the band.

To this day the Eagles are still touring, with only Henley left from the original lineup. More power to them,but maybe we would be best left with just our memories of perhaps the most outstanding band of the greatest era in rock.

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