In a new interview with BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member explained that the band considered their appearance a “final farewell” to their fans.
At the ceremony, Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and former member Bernie Leadon were joined by Jackson Browne for a solemn rendition of “Take It Easy,” which Browne co-wrote with Frey. The performance just weeks after Frey passed away from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia at the age of 67.
Click below to watch a video of the Eagles farewell performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Henley went on to explain that the performance was “very difficult and very emotional,” and that the group “almost didn’t do it.”
“I think it was an appropriate farewell,” he explained. “I don’t think you’ll see us performing again.”
Henley will perform a handful of dates this summer in support of his recent solo album, Cass County. You can find more information at his official website.
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