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A Tribute To Don Henley & The Eagles
One of the most storied American rock bands, The Eagles, was formed in 1971 by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, all of whom had performed in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band. During their decades-long career, they toured the world, earned 5 American Music Awards, 6 Grammys and were inducted into The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. They also sold more than 150 million records, of which 6 were #1 albums. Their “Greatest Hits” album sold more than 42 million copies, making it the top-selling American album of the 20th century.
In 1972 their debut album “The Eagles”, which included hit singles “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, was the first to reach the charts. Their third album yielded their first #1 single “Best Of My Love”. Their fourth album “One OF These Nights” was their first #1 album. But the title song from their “Hotel California” album was their biggest hit of all, defining their image for eternity. The album eventually sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.
The Eagles went on hiatus in 1980 but began to record and tour again to rave reviews in 1996. In 2016, founding member Glenn Frey passed away, but the tours continue to the present day. The current lineup is Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy Schmidt, longtime friend, country singer Vince Gill and Frey’s son Deacon.
The popularity of The Eagles and their large repertoire of hit songs has made the idea of Eagles tribute bands a no-brainer. One of the best is Toronto based “Tequila Sunrise” featuring veteran entertainers Jamie Shear and Michael Danckert. Between them, they play guitar, piano, bass, drums and also duplicate the Eagles vocals. Says Shear “seeing a rock band on stage for the first time changed everything for me. I knew right away that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life”, a sentiment echoed by Danckert. Both musicians are now highly sought-after studio musicians, bandleaders, and sidemen.
Besides being busy studio musicians, Shear and Danckert perform all over Canada, the US, and Mexico. Not only as Eagles tribute artists but as backup musicians at an endless number of concerts, corporate events, and club appearances.