The Reason Don Henley Mocked Robert Plant’s Lack Of Vocal Capabilities
Formed in 1971, the Eagles were one of the most successful rock bands of the 1970s with five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammys, and five AMAs. The band’s original lineup included Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, but it changed throughout the years. Currently, Don Henley is the only remaining original member performing with Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey, and Vince Gill.
After a successful music career, Eagles broke up in 1980 due to tension among band members, especially between Glenn Frey and Don Fedler. In the process of breaking up, the band released a live album titled ‘Eagles Live,’ and they recorded it while Frey was in LA and the others were in Miami. Following that, the band members pursued solo careers.
In 1994, Eagles reunited for the album ‘Hell Freezes Over’ after years of reunion speculations. After that, they released their seventh studio album in 2007 and launched the Long Road Out Of Eden Tour one year later. In 2013, the band went on their extended History Of The Eagles Tour. Back in those days, Robert Plant made a controversial statement about the Eagles reunion. Upon hearing that, Don Henley targeted Plant and responded to his remarks with a sharp tongue. Let’s learn the details of those incidents.
Robert Plant Said The Eagles Reunited Out Of Boredom
As you know, following the death of their drummer John Bonham on September 25, 1980, Led Zeppelin decided to leave the music scene. Following that, the remaining band members continued to appear on the same stage on rare occasions, which led most fans to believe they could reunite. However, Robert Plant made it clear several times that he won’t be a part of a reunion. He even refused an $800 million worth contract for a reunion tour.
In an interview, Robert Plant explained his decision not to tour with Zeppelin again. At some point, the musician made an interesting remark about the Eagles. Plant said that although the Eagles said it was almost impossible for them to reunite, they did so because they were bored. Robert then said unlike them, he is not bored.
Robert Plant told Rolling Stone that:
“Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over,’ but they did it anyway and keep touring? It’s not because they were paid a fortune, it’s not about the money. It’s because they’re bored. I’m not bored.”
Following that, Don Henley gave an interview to New Zealand Herald to respond to these claims. In the interview, the musician also commented on Robert Plant and the reason why Led Zeppelin won’t reform.
Don Henley Claimed Led Zeppelin Won’t Reform Due To Robert Plant’s Fears
In the interview with New Zealand Herald, the Eagles’ founding member Don Henley responded to Robert Plant’s claims regarding the Eagles reunion. In his response, he slammed the Led Zeppelin frontman with straightforward remarks about the singer.
Don Henley said that boredom was not the issue for Eagles. He stated that they enjoyed playing together and did a fantastic job. Following that, Henley stated he wished Led Zeppelin would reunite. He then aimed at Robert Plant and said he thinks Plant is worried about making music with Zeppelin. Henley also implied that the singer might not be able to front the band anymore.
Don Henley told New Zealand Herald about Robert Plant’s remarks that:
“No, I am never bored. The truth is, we enjoy doing it. It is hard work, especially for gentlemen of our age, but the fact is it’s a fantastic job and it’s a wonderful way to make a living and see the world and get to travel and we take our kids with us.
I really wish Led Zeppelin would get back together because they were one of the greatest bands of all time. I think maybe Robert is worried about hitting those notes. He may not be able to unbutton his shirt anymore.”
According to his statements, Don Henley thinks that Plant fears that he lost his ability to front a band like Led Zeppelin. Seven years after this incident, Led Zeppelin is still not active on the music scene while the Eagles continue to make musical efforts.