Eagles’ Glenn Frey Dies at 67; Many Michigan Roots, Stories
Another major loss in the music industry. The Eagles' Glenn Frey has died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.
Frey was born in Detroit and grew up in Royal Oak, cruised Woodward Ave. and thought of Bob Seger as a mentor. Those are just some of the Michigan connection.
My own personal favorite.story is from the Hell Freezes Over Tour, when it stopped in Detroit in 1994. WKMI's program director, the late Bill Anthony and I got a pair of unclaimed contest tickets the afternoon of the show. We rushed over to Michigan and Trumbull. We caught most of the opening act, Melissa Etheridge. The stage was set up behind 2nd base. The Eagles come out and Glenn Frey started the show with "I always wanted to play centerfield at Tigers Stadium!" The stadium roared.
Less than two years ago, another WKMI Program Director, Jim Higgs reconnected with the band, who thanked him for helping them get their first number one hit.