The Eagles’ Plan To Work With Disputed Members Is Detailed By Bernie Leadon
Former Eagles guitarist and vocalist Bernie Leadon recalled the band’s early years and opened up about their motivation when they founded the band in his recent interview with Uncut. He also revealed that how they managed to perform great shows even though there were problems between the band members.
Bernie Leadon was one of The Eagles’ original members along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Randy Meisner, and the band can be considered as a milestone band for the rock music industry with their best-selling records and remarkable live performances. Even though the band gained great fame and commercial success, Leadon decided to leave the band because of the tension between him and the other members.
Following a serious argument, Leadon poured beer on over Glenn Frey’s head, and of course, he couldn’t stay in the band any longer. The musician parted ways with The Eagles in 1975. Later, he stated that the main reason behind his departure was living a healthier life which he couldn’t achieve in that toxic environment. In addition, recently, Leadon shared some important and exclusive details about The Eagles’ formation years.
The singer highlighted that all of them wanted approval, commercial success, and fame when they started their professional musician careers. Therefore, they couldn’t let the problems between each other and the other kinds of crisis ruin their concerts and tours which were drawing great attention from rock music fans back then. The Eagles members’ method was named ‘Lowest Common Denominator show’ and they practiced to perform a show even though the band members argued or got sick during it.
Leadon said in his interview that:
“We asked ourselves, ‘What was our motivation? What are we doing here?’ We wanted it all. Why not? We wanted artistic success, the approval of our peers, commercial success and to be well paid. We had what we called the LCD Show – Lowest Common Denominator. We rehearsed so that if two guys have flu and two of the others aren’t speaking, most of the audience wouldn’t know. I came to look at bands as entrepreneurial, young businesses. Consistency and discipline are a lot of how we succeeded.”
The Eagles icon added that they were so good at this method that the audience never understood whether the band members were in the middle of a crisis, mental breakdown and were suffering from a health issue or not in their performances. He also emphasized the importance of ‘consistency and discipline’ in their success.