30 Years Ago: Eagles Begin ‘Hell Freezes Over’

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The title was an in-joke. After Eagles had split in 1980, Don Henley, one of the band’s co-founders, was asked if there was a chance the band might ever reunite. “When Hell freezes over,” was his reply. Fourteen years later—never mind that Henley had also said, “I just rule out the possibility of putting Eagles back together for a Lost Youth and Greed tour”—the icicles were forming down below.

The reunion had begun tentatively when the band members agreed to appear in a 1993 video by country star Travis Tritt, who was covering “Take It Easy” for an Eagles tribute album. One thing led to another, and on April 25, 1994, Eagles took off on their new flight.

Starting that day, they recorded 11 tracks at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., for an MTV special. On May 27, 1994, they began a tour. Hell Freezes Over would be the audio souvenir of that tour, released on Nov. 8, 1994.

The 15-track live album begins with “Get Over It,” co-written by Henley and fellow co-founder Glenn Frey—their first new tune since the breakup. A collection of hits (“Desperado,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Take it Easy”), other assorted tunes and four new studio tracks comprised the set, with those studio tracks recorded at L.A.’s Village Recorder and at a studio in Toronto.

The band members for this run were Henley and Frey, along with Don Felder, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh. It would be Felder’s last recorded hurrah with the Eagles—he was fired from the band in 2001.

Watch them perform “Take It Easy from the album

Related: Our 2018 Eagles review

Not surprisingly, the album sold massively, reaching #1 in the U.S. A video version was released on the then-current formats of VHS, Laserdisc and DVD. Eagles toured from 1994 into 1996, shattering records wherever they appeared.

In recent years, holdover members Henley, Walsh and Schmit have been touring with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey. Tickets for their farewell tour are available at Ticketmaster and StubHub.

Watch “Love Will Keep Us Alive” from Hell Freezes Over

Hell Freezes Over is available here. Eagles released a new collection in 2024, To The Limit, that combines the band’s greatest hits with beloved album tracks and classic live performances. The title is available in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here.

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  1. Lone Rhino
    #1 Lone Rhino 26 April, 2022, 06:11

    As long as Randy Meisner, J. D. Souther, and Don Felder still walk the earth, there is no Eagles reunion IMHO. Why can’t everyone take an olive branch for the fans? Or would hell really freeze over…?

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  2. DocPatt
    #2 DocPatt 26 April, 2024, 12:16

    I was fortunate enough to be attached to the last tour that the Eagles did with Glenn, and it was a total pleasure-the drummer was a bit stiff, but Glenn was a delight, and the band sounded wonderful. Since then, young Deacon has been doing a superb job filling in for Dad, as well as stellar efforts by a real mensch, Vince Gill, and one of my favorite secret weapons, my childhood friend Steuart Smith (yes that’s how he spells it), on guitar-a real genius and sweet guy. Long live the Eagles!

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