Music: Building On Prime Real Estate

Once an Eagle, Don Henley, flying solo, soars even higher

At the onset of the '80s, Don Henley was sitting behind the drums of the Eagles, a colossally successful Los Angeles band with a lot of hits behind it and a future of guaranteed disintegration. There was a fair portion of intramural rivalry among band members. There was also a sense, even among the group's fans, that the Eagles' sound -- smooth melodies and often aseptic lyrics that took listeners on a twilight tour of the Hotel California -- might be about played out.

Glenn Frey, Henley's friend and co-writer in the band, was the one who put the wraps on...

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