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Don Henley says that The Eagles are no more following the death of Glenn Frey, making their tribute at the 2016 Grammys the band’s final performance. In an interview with the BBC, Henley said that the death of the band’s co-founder spelled the end for the mega-successful act:
“That [Grammys performance] was the final farewell. I don’t think you’ll see us performing again. I think that was probably it. I think it was an appropriate farewell.”
Henley revealed that the band almost didn’t perform at the Grammys because Frey’s death hit the band so hard:
“It was very difficult and very emotional. We actually almost didn’t do it but the Grammy people were very insistent so we decided that we would do it and Jackson [Browne] was the perfect person to sing the song.”
The announcement marks the second time this year that a legendary band has opted not to continue following the passing of a member. Motorhead disbanded following the death of frontman Lemmy at the end of 2015.
The band ends its career as one of the best-selling musical acts of all-time. Throughout their career, the band sold 150 million albums and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.