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Old 01-18-2016, 06:40 PM   #21
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67 - Goodbye Hotel California ... wow - Glenn Fray 67, David Bowie 69, Alan Rickman 69 ... could not collect Social Security at 70. Make sense to collect SS at 62 or 63, no later.
If you know you have a medical condition, of course you would take it sooner. Unless you wanted to leave a survivor benefit as large as possible. It just depends.
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I don't think anybody on that list was worried about SS.
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I don't think anybody on that list was worried about SS.
David Bowie was a UK subject and a legal resident of Switzerland (though he did have a home in the US). Would he have qualified for US social security?

Alan Rickman was a UK subject resident in the UK. Very unlikely that he would have qualified for US social security.

Glenn Frey was a US citizen and resident. Had he lived, he would have had US social security to look forward to.
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It is sad, the Eagles were great. Rock & roll/celebrity can be a 'demanding' lifestyle I hear...
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Not sure that has anything to do with it, since Joe Walsh is still alive. Just the very sad luck of the draw. An amazing band, although I didn't like them back in the day. They kept getting country in my rock. But I grew to recognize their talents later. RIP, Glenn.
Actually Frey and Henley's cocaine, alcohol and other excesses throughout the 70's/early 80's are well documented, in their own words later in life. That takes a toll. But it's sad regardless...

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But the Eagles, in a statement released Wednesday, said that Frey, 66, has had a recurrence of “previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”

Those issues date back to the 1980s, when Frey spoke about the damage he believed he had done to his body during the band’s heyday, when drugs and alcohol flowed freely.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...-center-honor/
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Just teaches you the lesson of seeing these artists while you can. Dale Buffin Griffen the drummer for Mott The Hoople also died on Sunday. I was able to see them at their 2009 reunion shows. Dale was only able to play the encores due to alzheimers. 67, just like Glen, way too young to pass.
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When I think American rock and roll, I think Eagles. Sure, there were other bands like, well, Jefferson Airplane (before) or Aerosmith/Boston (after), but the Eagles were one of the stalwarts of American R&R in the face of other bands like the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and of course, Beatles/Rolling Stones. The Eagles were American R&R in the mid 70s and beyond.

Although I was a casual fan, I was never a fan of Glenn's songs. I hate to say this. To this day, I turn off his songs when they come on XM. I'm more of a Henley fan. And I like a lot of the Eagles songs that were mixtures of the guys and not just straight out Henley or Frey songs.

That said, this death really hit me. I'm almost 15 years younger, but still, this hits home. I may not have been a fan of Frey's songs, Eagles or solo, but I respected them for what they were. He was a huge force in American music from the mid 70's through the late 80's.
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When I think American rock and roll, I think Eagles. Sure, there were other bands like, well, Jefferson Airplane (before) or Aerosmith/Boston (after), but the Eagles were one of the stalwarts of American R&R in the face of other bands like the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and of course, Beatles/Rolling Stones. The Eagles were American R&R in the mid 70s and beyond... this death really hit me. I'm almost 15 years younger, but still, this hits home...
Me too, along with the passing of David Bowie. We will see a lot more of this. Some of us grew up with these bands and all of their members are getting much older.

A true wake-up call, no? The "richest man in the graveyard" (yet true life unlived) warning rings loud and clear.
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Just teaches you the lesson of seeing these artists while you can....
I wanted to see the Eagles in Oct. 2014, but DW wasn't too crazy about going. I figured I'd wait and talk her into it the next time around.
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I wanted to see the Eagles in Oct. 2014, but DW wasn't too crazy about going. I figured I'd wait and talk her into it the next time around.
Hell really finally froze over. There is no re-do on this.

I'm still not happy about the Eagles being part of the huge inflation of concert prices. They were very much a factor in the inflation with the "Hell Freezes Over" tour. I've only been to a few sporadic concerts since this inflation.

Although I wanted to see the Eagles, I wanted no part in their greed, despite their holier than thou pronouncements.

Sounds harsh. It is. But I still recognize Frey as being a huge influence and world changer in the biz.
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There is a good Eagles documentary on Netflix if anyone is interested.
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When I think American rock and roll, I think Eagles. Sure, there were other bands like, well, Jefferson Airplane (before) or Aerosmith/Boston (after),
CCR? Grateful Dead, The Band (yes, mostly Canadian, but that is North America!)?

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Although I was a casual fan, I was never a fan of Glenn's songs. I hate to say this. To this day, I turn off his songs when they come on XM. I'm more of a Henley fan. And I like a lot of the Eagles songs that were mixtures of the guys and not just straight out Henley or Frey songs.
Interesting. I like some Eagle's songs, really don't care for some others (too sappy/sweet/sing-songy for me). I looked at a list of the ones that Frey wrote, and I think we are in alignment there. Other than "Smuggler's Blues", the songs I see that I really don't care for are on that list of his composition. But still, he did some great work with the Eagles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego..._by_Glenn_Frey

"Already Gone" must be my favorite Eagle's tunes. And I don't think anyone mentioned the Linda Ronstadt connection (from wiki):

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I mistakenly thought that members of Linda's band, "The Stone Poneys" (sic - not Ponies) went on to form the Eagles, but it turns out they were two different backing bands.

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A huge bummer. I recommend a documentary History of the Eagles (available via Netflix). It was a great documentary showing how the Eagles evolved. It has a lot of footages of them singing also.
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Oops, LauAnn has already mentioned it..
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This is happening way too frequently. I never saw them in concert. Enjoyed their music, but not what you would call a huge fan. I can sing along with most of their songs. I was more into Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull, to name a few. They were definitely talented, though.
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In late '72-early '73, I was a DJ at a small-town country-format radio station. I used to get myself in trouble for playing Eagles' singles...
I'm sure you're aware that many people regard The Eagles as the precursor to the modern rock-oriented direction in country music.
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Oh yeah, I saw them play once, just after Joe Walsh joined the band. They were opening for the Rolling Stones.
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Oh yeah, I saw them play once, just after Joe Walsh joined the band. They were opening for the Rolling Stones.
Same here - in Milwaukee. I was never a huge fan of the Eagles but have to admit I was impressed when Joe joined them. He's quite the guitar player!
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Same here - in Milwaukee. I was never a huge fan of the Eagles but have to admit I was impressed when Joe joined them. He's quite the guitar player!

It's worth noting, however, that much of the notable guitar work was Don Felder.
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I'm sure you're aware that many people regard The Eagles as the precursor to the modern rock-oriented direction in country music.

Indeed, though I played Eagles/Poco/etc., some Dickey Betts' era Allman Brothers, and some early "outlaw" country well before they had "infiltrated" country music. Got in trouble for all of it, but it turned out I was ahead of my time.
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