The Eagles’ Don Henley: ‘Odd Future’s Frank Ocean’s song ‘American Wedding’ is illegal’

Singer says he wasn't planning legal action before – but could change his mind now

A spokesperson for The EaglesDon Henley has claimed that Odd Future‘s Frank Ocean‘s track ‘American Wedding’ is an “illegal” copy of his song ‘Hotel California’.

Earlier this week, Ocean had claimed that Henley was “intimidated” by his reinterpretation of the track, which featured on his 2011 release ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’, and had threatened him with legal action if he continued to perform it.

However, Henley’s spokesperson Larry Solters has now issued a statement insisting that Ocean had copied the song, rather than sampled it, and also revealed that although the band had not previously considered taking legal action, they could in the future.

He said: “Frank Ocean did not merely “sample” a portion of the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’; he took the whole master track, plus the song’s existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone “intimidating”.”

He went on to add:

It’s illegal. For the record, Don Henley has not threatened or instituted any legal action against Frank Ocean, although the Eagles are now considering whether they should.

Ocean, who came second in the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll in January of this year, is currently working on his own solo album and will also feature on Odd Future’s new LP ‘OF Tape Vol 2’, which is set for release on March 19.

Although the album will feature new material from the likes of Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain and The Internet, it appears that rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who recently reunited with the group, will not be involved as he is not mentioned on the LP’s tracklisting.

Last week, it was revealed that Odd Future are working with Kanye West on new material. The studio hook-up was documented in a series of pictures posted on their official blog, Golfwang.tumblr.com, with key members Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean both pictured.

Odd Future will play a handful of tour dates in the UK and Ireland next month. The gigs kick off Birmingham’s O2 Academy on March 28, and end on April 2 at Dublin Olympia. The run also includes shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

To read a new feature about Odd Future, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands tomorrow (February 29) or available digitally.