When news came Monday about the death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, fans of a certain age could immediately hear the words and music that became part of the soundtrack of their lives.
"Well, I'm a runnin' down the road tryin' to loosen my load, got a world of trouble on my mind ... "
"You can't hide your lyin' eyes. And your smile is a thin disguise ..."
"There's talk on the street, it sounds so familiar. Great expectations, everybody's watchin' you ..."
Western New York fans had the pleasure of hearing those songs and seeing the band multiple times through the years. The Eagles made a stop at Darien Lake in 1994 as part of the "Hell Freezes Over" Tour and gave the audience "a hell of a ride," in the words of News Critic Anthony Violanti. "Frey, with hard muscles and chiseled features, added charisma on guitar and vocals. " Later in the show, he wrote "The mood turned elegant as Frey picked up his acoustic guitar and sang a warm, emotional version of "Lyin' Eyes."
In 2007, when the Eagles released a new album of studio material, News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers said it was a "solid, cogent and often deeply moving affair."
The Eagles made their final appearance in Buffalo just six months ago at a sold-out show in First Niagara Center. News Reviewer Dan Herbeck said the band could "still play the licks, hit the high notes and nail the harmonies that made their band one of the most popular music acts in American history." Of Frey, he said: "Frey did an excellent job with the soaring 'Take It To The Limit,' not an easy song," and that "He’s also a very funny man, dedicating the song 'Lyin' Eyes' to 'my first wife, Plaintiff.' ”