The first post- George Stevens Kennedy Center Honors is jinxed. For the first time ever, an honoree– or honorees, in this case– has to postpone and not appear on the show.
The Eagles have announced they can’t make the show because of Glenn Frey’s impending surgery for “intestinal issues.” The wire story issued officially attributes Frey’s long history of illness to “broads, burgers, blow.” It’s likely the last of those three probably caused some problems. To paraphrase an Eagles song, Frey didn’t “take it easy.”
Of course, there’s real concern about whatever is actually wrong with Frey, who’s had solo hits too like “You Belong to the City.” Let’s hope he heals quickly.
For the Kennedy Center, it’s a first to lose an honoree a month before the show is taped. They still have five others– including Carole King, George Lucas and Rita Moreno. But the Eagles were the first rock group ever to be inducted. It was a ploy by the new Kennedy Center execs to turn the show into more of a rock concert. And it inadvertently backfired.