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Bob Seger performs for Glenn Frey, Eagles at Kennedy Center Honors
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Bob Seger honored the Eagles his late friend Glenn Frey over the weekend during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

Seger performed "Heartache Tonight," the 1979 Eagles hit he co-wrote, and joined an all-star rendition of "Life In The Fast Lane" with Vince Gill and Kings of Leon. Seger also attended the State Department dinner on Saturday night, Dec. 3, where the Eagles formally received their honor.

The ceremony was filmed and will be broadcast Dec. 27 on CBS. The Eagles segment also included performances of the group's "Take It Easy," "Hotel California" and "Tequila Sunrise."

The Eagles were originally to have received the honor last year but postponed due to Frey's health. The Royal Oak native died Jan. 18 at the age of 67, due to complications from collitis, rheumatoid arthritis and pneumonia. He was represented at the weekend events by his wife and children, and Billboard reports that at the Saturday dinner co-founder Don Henley said, "I want to dedicate this evening to our brother Glenn. He was so much a part of our success. He was the driving force in the band. He believed in the American dream."

Seger and Frey were close friends early in their music careers. Seger wrote and produced Frey's first-ever recording, "Such a Lovely Child" for Frey's band the Mushrooms. Seger also had Frey sing backing vocals on his 1968 single "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man." He also presented Frey with his Detroit Music Award for Distinguished Achievement during 1997 at the (then) State Theatre.

At the time of Frey's death, Seger said that, "I just knew right away he had something special. He had a drive, an imagination and, y'know, a talent that was just titanic."

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