Fresno musicians remember rock icon

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Glenn Frey, the singer, songwriter and co-founder of the Eagles died Monday. (KFSN)

The music world has lost another rock icon. Glenn Frey, the singer, songwriter and co-founder of the Eagles died Monday. He was 67 years old. He helped define the "California sound" and is being remembered by fellow musicians in Fresno.

"Your parents listen to them, your grandparents listen to them and you listen to them," said Terry Talbot of Fresno.

Talbot heard the music backstage in 1973. It's the year he and his brother toured the country with the Eagles as the opening act.

"I had one song that was pretty darn popular but nothing like they did," he added.

The song Talbot is referring to is 'Two Hangmen,' which was banned by the FCC from the radio but still became a hit. Talbot says it also caught Frey's attention, a chord was changed and 'Hotel California' was born.

Talbot said, "Glenn and I went for a walk one time and he says, 'you've heard the similarities right?' and I said, 'yeah,' and he said, 'you're not gonna sue us are you?' and I said, 'I can't,' I said, 'I can't copyright chords.'"

The Eagles went on to become one of the best-selling bands in the world. Frey broke off in the 1980's and had a successful solo career. In the 1990's, the band reunited and even performed at the Save Mart Center in 2014.

Max De Vivo is a local guitarist who says the music means even more to him now that one of the members is gone.

De Vivo said, "they lost a great writer and a great performer and the Eagles will never be the Eagles again."

"Personally, I believe that Glenn is in a good place and from now on...when I sing, 'Take it Easy,' I'll try to do a better job," Talbot added.
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