Former Eagles members won’t be honoured by Kennedy Center

The Eagles and Jackson Browne at this year’s Grammys ceremony
The Eagles and Jackson Browne at this year\u2019s Grammys ceremony (Image credit: Getty)

Former Eagles members Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner won’t be honoured along with their former bandmates at this year’s John F Kennedy Center For Perfoming Arts ceremony.

It was announced in June that the Eagles would receive recognition for their contribution to American culture through the arts at the event on December 4. But despite an online petition garnering more than 10,000 supporters, the trio won’t attend the event.

Brandon Butler, who organised the public drive, says in a statement: “Unfortunately, it is with great disappointment that I inform everyone that the Kennedy Center will not include Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner to be honoured.”

He also published the response from the president of the Kennedy Center, Deborah Rutter, which reads: “The Kennedy Center consulted with the Eagles and through that discussion, it was determined that the four band members who ‘carried the torch’ – Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh – will be awarded the honours.

“We appreciate that there will be some debate about who constitutes the Eagles. This determination does not discredit the contributions of former band members.”

The Eagles will be joined on the night by Mavis Staples, James Taylor, along with actor Al Pacino and pianist Martha Argerich.

Walsh will appear at the Classic Rock Awards in Japan on November 11, while Schmit is gearing up to release his fifth solo album Leap Of Faith on September 23.

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