When Don Henley Explained The Eagles’ Importance For The USA

The Eagles are often listed as one of the classic rock bands in the United States. In fact, they are considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time by numerous respectable magazines such as Rolling Stone. But what is the secret of one of the world’s best-selling bands to their impact on such a great audience?

Fortunately for those who may be wondering the band’s way to their legacy, founding member Don Henley once reflected on this issue. While his answer may sound quite simple for you at first glimpse, the musician actually gave one of the most reasonable explanations for the band’s success.

The Eagles Reunited After 14 Years

The first sign of the crack between band members showed itself when the Eagles went into the recording studio in 1977 to begin work on their next album, ‘The Long Run.’ The album, which was originally intended to be a double album, took two years to complete.

The record was eventually released on September 24, 1979, and was considered to be a disappointment by some critics for failing to live up to ‘Hotel California,’ regardless of its huge commercial success. While the album was completed without an actual feud, a live performance did the job.

A notorious fight happened when the Eagles decided to perform a benefit concert supporting California Sen. Alan Cranston on July 31, 1980. Already worn down from recording their 1979 album, Don Felder and Glenn Frey had a quarrel during a meet-and-greet on stage before the show.

During their dispute, the two band members even threatened to beat each other after the show. While they ended the performance professionally, the feud was the ending of the band as the Eagles disbanded soon after the incident.

All band members continued their careers as solo musicians in the following years, but a music video for Travis Tritt’s cover for ‘Take It Easy’ in December 1993 brought them back together. As a result, the Eagles announced a full-scale reunion for the ‘Hell Freezes Over Tour’ only a month later.

Don Henley Shared The Secret To The Eagles’ Impact

Apart from the tension between two former bandmates which ended with lawsuits and the departure of Don Felder, the Eagles came back strong with their first live performance in April 1994. The following tour which was incredibly successful spawned a live album titled ‘Hell Freezes Over.’

The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart which included four new studio songs, with ‘Get Over It’ and ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’ both becoming Top 40 hits. The album proved as successful as the tour, selling six million copies in the U.S. which was the biggest proof that fans didn’t forget about the Eagles.

Following one of their first live performances as a band, co-lead vocalist Don Henley joined an interview. The musician was asked about the secret to their success since they have an audience that includes multiple generations and music that influenced the entire United States of America.

According to Henley, it all comes down to the songs which have their own stories to speak for themselves. They are just a band that plays those songs for their fans in the meantime. In addition to this, the musician didn’t forget to mention how grateful they are for being able to have a fanbase that is loyal to them after all these years.

Regarding their importance for multiple generations of Americans, the drummer said:

“You know, I think about that occasionally. I try not to think about it too much but I don’t know. I think it’s the songs. I think it just boils down to the material.”

When asked if it’s that simple, Henley continued:

“I really think it is. I think the songs last, and they speak for themselves, and they have a life of their own. We just play them. We’re very grateful for the whole thing. Believe me, it’s a wonderful feeling to still be here and still to be this popular. after all these years. It’s a rare wonderful thing, and we’re very appreciative of it.”

You can watch the interview below.