It's the Obamas' final Honors as President and First Lady.
The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors this weekend was a important one. President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama were in attendance for their final time as leaders of the nation, with 'The Late Show' host Stephen Colbert hosting the event for the third time.
The Eagles receive their belated honour
The honourees at the event in Washington on Sunday (December 4th 2016) were iconic rock band the Eagles, veteran Oscar winning star Al Pacino, Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, five-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter James Taylor and gospel singer Mavis Staples.
The former Eagles bassist, who quit the group in 1977, reported to police that his wife had been accidentally shot in the head on Sunday night. LAPD reports that coroners are ruling accidental death.
The wife of The Eagles’ co-founder Randy Meisner has been shot and killed at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, according to police, with reports of domestic abuse also alleged.
Lana Rae Meisner, 63, was shot in the head and died on Sunday night (March 6th) at their Studio City home that she had shared with the group’s founding bassist Randy for the last twenty years.
In a report by TMZ, Lana dialled 911 to report domestic abuse approximately an hour and a half before Randy called police to report that his wife had been killed. Police sources told the gossip site that she told officers that he was waving a BB gun around was acting “erratically” and threatening her.
Frey, a founding member of The Eagles passed away on Monday, aged 67.
Friends and fans of Glenn Frey have been paying tribute to The Eagles’ guitarist and songwriter, who passed away on Monday aged 67. Frey founded The Eagles in 1971 along with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and was responsible for co-writing the band’s biggest hit ‘Hotel California’.
Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles passed away on Monday, aged 67.
Frey’s death was announced in a statement, posted to the band’s Facebook page on Monday. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band wrote.
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Drummer hopes that the doc will act as a "tutorial" to today's bands
The Eagles were in London for the premiere of a new documentary that charts the band’s career until their first split and then again from when they re-formed in 1994. The documentary has been split into two parts to reflect the two eras of The Eagles career, and the band’s drummer Don Henley was on hand to reflect on what’s been a crazy ride for the multi-million selling soft rock group.
"We're all proud of the work we did, and that's what it really shows me” he reflected to Sky News at the premiere, "We played hard certainly, but we worked hard as well. That's the way we got where we did. We all have a good work ethic. We come from blue-collar working class families and we learned how to get the job done."
Henley was aware of the legacy that The Eagles had, but was humble in saying that he hoped the documentary would prove a good lesson for today’s bands – for better or worse. "I hope it's a good tutorial for them” he said. "Nowadays you have all these TV shows where you become an instant star - and I don't know if that's a good thing. Five minutes has turned into five seconds now." The DVD of the documentary comes out on April 29th.
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