A private memorial was held for Glenn Frey on Tuesday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, the day after the Eagles, with Jackson Browne, performed “Take It Easy” in tribute to him at the Grammy Awards.
Among those in attendance were his bandmates, along with his childhood friend Bob Seger and Paul Stanley of KISS, who says it was “moving and joyous… A huge loss. Amazing Eagles music was played and there was a beautiful speech from Don Henley.” Though Henley took notes with him to the podium, he never once glanced at them, choosing instead to speak from the heart.
The night featured performances by the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder. The finale, with most of the night’s performers, was “Already Gone.”
Everyone who knew or worked with Glenn was there, including such celebrity friends as Ed Begley Junior, who MC’d the event; tennis great John McEnroe; actor Larry David; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; former L.A. Lakers coach and current New York Knicks president Phil Jackson; and director Cameron Crowe.
One insider tells us, “It was an amazing night, putting the previous night [at the Grammys] to shame. Truly a fitting and superb tribute for Glenn.”
Frey died on January 18th at age 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He left behind a wife and three children.
Another tribute will be held in Frey’s memory tomorrow in his hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan when new signs renaming a stretch of Willis Avenue Glenn Frey Drive are unveiled. The street runs adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School, which was called Dondero High School when Frey went there.