Six-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey is on tour in support of his latest release After Hours. The tour makes an exclusive stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
CLEARWATER - Six-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey is on tour in support of his latest release After Hours. The tour makes an exclusive stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
Frey will perform classic Eagles hits and material from his solo career catalog in addition to performing songs from Universal Music Enterprises release, After Hours.
One of the biggest bands of the decade, The Eagles are also one of the best-selling bands of all time. Beginning with their first self-titled album in 1972, they were putting out hits; Take It Easy, Witchy Woman and Peaceful Easy Feeling to name a few. 1973’s Desperado included the hit Tequila Sunrise and its sophisticated “concept” approach shows how Frey’s musical ideas were evolving.
Their third album, On the Border cemented their status as household names with the smash hits Already Gone, On the Border, James Dean, Ol’ 55, and The Best of My Love. 1975’s One of These Nights (One of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It to the Limits) is considered a “watershed” album by Frey in terms of his songwriting.
The Eagles reached their commercial peak with the tremendous success of Hotel California (Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life In the Fast Lane and Victim of Love), another concept album, this time presenting the disillusionment that results when one has seen the darker side of fame. The decade ended with the 1979 release of The Long Run, which included the hit singles The Long Run and I Can’t Tell You Why.
Beginning with 1982, Frey released his first solo album, No Fun Aloud (The One You Love and I Found Somebody) established him as a solo artist, and his star rose further with Smuggler’s Blues in 1984. That song attracted the attention of the writers for the hot new series Miami Vice, who enlisted Frey to play a role as a pilot for smugglers on their series. His two most recognizable and popular songs, The Heat Is On and You Belong to the City were released around this time.
After Hours, a total departure, is a collection of classic love songs from the 40s to the present, is Frey’s sixth solo album and first since 1995 taking him in a whole new direction.
The two-and-a half year project was developed out of Frey’s passion for the songs and sound of such artists as Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Dinah Washington.
The exquisite collection of songs include 40s classics such as Sentimental Reasons and My Buddy, and favorites from some of his contemporaries, such as Brian Wilson’s Caroline No and Randy Newman’s Same Girl as well as the added spice of the American standard, Route 66. Frey collaborated with co-producers Richard F.W. Davis and Michael Thompson, both members of The Eagles touring band, to make the 14-track record possible.
“It was a new adventure for me as a vocalist to see if I could indeed learn, own and deliver these songs. And I'm so happy I took the challenge, once I got started it seemed like these songs had been waiting for me to sing them, and I feel like since I've done this record I'm a better singer than I was before I started. It's a different style of singing,” said Frey, a 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
After Hours is a dedication to Frey’s parents to celebrate the songs and love of music they instilled in him at a young age. Some of Frey’s earliest memories take place in his grandmother’s kitchen, watching his mother iron and sing along with the radio. The romance of that memory weaves itself into each track of After Hours.
“It's been great to spend the last two and a half years living with these amazing songs. I've enjoyed working with these talented musicians and finally seeing how it all fit together. It's been an incredible experience,” said Frey.
Reserved tickets priced at $125, $69.50 and $59.50 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.rutheckerdhall.com.