by James Rach
The Eagles are a Californian band who emerged from the southern California scene in the late 1960s, along with Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon amid country and bluegrass influences.
They are pioneers of country rock, and the band was formed in 1971. The Eagles were formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey. In the beginning, the band consisted of four members, namely Randy Meisner (vocals and bass), Bernie Leadon (vocals, guitar and banjo), Don Henley (vocals and drums) and of course its founder Glenn Frey (guitar, piano and vocals).
In 1974, they enrolled a new guitarist, Don Felder. The band then met huge success and became well-known on both sides of the Atlantic. The following year (1975) was their year for making huge strides on the international scene. In 1976, the most well-known of their songs, Hotel California, was released and they reached the heights of their success.
In 1982, the Eagles' broke up, and then each member took on a solo career. In the mid-90s, a second chapter of their story began. Glenn Frey and Don Henley met again and re-started the band, before being joined by their old friends Joe Walsh and Timothy Smith for a new start, and a tour together again.
Globally, the group is among the international best selling bands, placing four singles at the top of the American charts and winning four Grammy Awards. Unexpectedly, in 2007 after 28 years The Eagles revived their musical life yet again. Their typical sound didn't get change and the new songs stick perfectly to their repertoire. The group's back-catalog remains a great reference, so it surprises no-one to know that their Greatest Hits compilation remains their best selling album of all time.
The band is preparing for a world tour, which will start in Europe from next June, and their fans are waiting impatiently. The older generation of fans wanting to relive some of their past and the newer generation wanting to feel the freshness of their music and a combination of authenticity and modernity.
What makes The Eagles a special story is this ability to maintain their huge number of fans despite the long breaks they have had. The band will remain one of the great bands of rock history, even if they finally stop playing together.
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