Allow Former Eagles Members Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner to be Honored Alongside the Current Members of the Band at Kennedy Center Honors
In the press release for the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Chairman David M. Rubinstein said that the Kennedy Center Honors "recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization". He also goes on to say that "Our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories".
The Eagles as a band have contributed greatly to the musical arts as well as American culture. Since their debut in 1971, the band has produced five number one albums, as well as six number one albums, including their best selling and iconic studio album, "Hotel California". As Mr. Rubinstein mentions in the Kennedy Center Honors press release, the Kennedy Center honors individuals whose unparalleled talents impacted both the arts as well as American Culture.
So to the Eagles (preferably Don Henley), including manager Irving Azoff, as well as the board of directors and staff at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, I ask you this:
The former members of the band have helped make contributions to American Culture by means of their guitar and bass playing. Several songs are well known based upon the vocals, and the guitar and bass playing of Felder, Leadon, and Meisner including "Witchy Woman", "Hotel California", "One Of These Nights", "Take It To the Limit" among many others. Not only do the current members deserve to be honored for their contributions to the band that we all come to know and love, it is fitting and appropriate that the former members of the group deserve the same honor, no matter the bitterness, differences, or angst that the current members have against them. Please consider allowing them to be honored in some form or capacity, so they feel that they are being honored for their contributions. It is not only the right thing to do, but it is the most respectful way of showing them that their contributions are not ignored, forgotten, and swept under the rug when they had as much to do with the band's sound, popularity, and rise in American popular music as the rest of the group.
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