The Eagles’ Don Henley calls Kanye West ‘arrogant’ and Frank Ocean ‘a talentless little prick’

Henley previously threatened to sue Ocean for sampling 'Hotel California' in a track

Eagles‘ Don Henley has criticised both Kanye West and Frank Ocean in a new interview.

Henley, who recently released his latest solo album ‘Cass County’, was embroiled in a row with Ocean last year after the singer sampled his band’s classic ‘Hotel California’ without permission.

After threatening to sue, Henley proceeded to label Ocean as egotistical last year. Now, in interview with The Guardian, the veteran songwriter said of the issue: “Some of these young kids have grown up in a world that doesn’t understand or respect copyright material or intellectual property. They look at songs as interactive playthings.”


Henley added: “I didn’t think [Ocean] was cool. I thought he was a talentless little prick. And I still do.”

Ocean previously insisted that he was “paying homage” to Henley on his track ‘American Wedding’ and didn’t deserve to be sued. Writing online he said: “Ain’t this guy rich as fuck? Why sue the new guy? I didn’t make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage.”


Speaking about West, Henley said: “I don’t like him, either. He won’t be president. He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”

The Eagles are also taking legal action against a fan who showed rare concert footage of the band performing live at a screening in his cinema in Connecticut last year.

Henley and bandmate Glenn Frey are suing gig archivist William Shelley after he allegedly “refused” to pull the screening of unlicensed footage earlier this year. The band accuse the man of copyright violation in a lawsuit filed at the Brooklyn Federal Court and say that he is trying to “bolster his reputation as a purported music industry ‘insider’ with close connections and ties to many classic rock greats”.

Henley and Frey are seeking to reclaim the footage of their concert as well as his entire archive, which reportedly runs to over 10,000 hours of material including live performances from bands including Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones among dozens of others. It is estimated that Shelley has 100,000 reels of film collected since the 1970s.