The Eagles’ Glenn Frey dies at 67: Brian May, Ryan Adams and other music stars pay tribute

Guitarist passed away after a period of ill-health

A host of music stars have paid tribute to the late Glenn Frey, guitarist with The Eagles, who has passed away aged 67.

The band confirmed the sad news on Monday (January 18), with the likes of Brian May, Ryan Adams and Brian Wilson offering words of condolences. See a selection of celebrity tributes beneath.

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson tweeted of the news: “I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight.”


Queen guitarist Brian May added: “Some great days – in our memories for a little while longer. I’m finding this month pretty sad.”

Frey founded the Los Angeles-born act alongside Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner in 1971, and saw them become one of the most successful acts of the 70s, before they split for almost 15 years between 1980 and 1994. They’ve been touring sporadically since.

Frey, alongside Henley, was one of only two members that remained part of the band throughout their lifespan, recording hits like ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’ and ‘Take It To The Limit’.

“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia,” a band statement read. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

Difficulties with Frey’s health had caused postponements from the bands previously, ones that they were expecting to require a lengthy recovery period.