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Rock Hall Anniversary: Reformation of the Eagles

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There was once a statement made by Don Henley, in which the Eagles would get back together “when hell freezes over”. But they did just that.

In May 1994, the band came back together since their 1980 breakup, launching the Hell Freezes Over tour in Burbank, California. The lineup consisted of the one from the Long Run era, which was Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmitt, supplemented by other musicians.

The reunion resulted in a live album, recorded live during an MTV special. Named after Henley’s quote on the possibility of the Eagles’ reformation, the album sold six million copies, and knocked Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York out of the top of the charts, to become the band’s fifth number one album. The album featured many of the classics including “Hotel California”, “Take it Easy” and “Desperado”, as well as new songs including “Love Will Keep Us Alive”.

The Hell Freezes Over tour was just as successful, lasting well onto 1996. Following that tour, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and were joined by original members Bearnie Leadon and Randy Meisner. Subsequent reunion tours followed (without Leadon or Meisner), and a box set followed. In 2001, the lineup was down to four members when Don Felder was fired from the Eagles, resulting in a wrongful termination suit. Yet, the band has continued on with another greatest album, the album Long Road Out of Eden, and another successful tour, that continues to this day.