Founding Eagle Randy Meisner Remains Largely MIA

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Meisner LP coverConspicuously absent from the Grammy Awards tribute to Glenn Frey on February 15, 2016, was the band’s original bassist – and singer/co-writer of the group’s 1976 #4 hit song “Take It to the Limit” – Randy Meisner. The former Eagle (who left the band in 1977) made news the previous July when he was placed under 24/7 court-ordered supervision following murder and suicide threats he made earlier in 2015 during a hospital stay.

Meisner, born March 8, 1946, has rarely been heard from since commenting on Frey’s death in January 2016. “I couldn’t believe he went so quick,” he told New York’s Daily News. “When I heard… I started crying for a long time. You’re like brothers in a band like that. Sometimes we got in arguments, but it was like a marriage, we all loved each other. I sure will miss the guy.

“He was so energetic and full of life. He has his children, I was so happy for him. It’s really sad,” Meisner added.

He had hoped to reunite with his fellow bandmates in December 2015 when they were slated to receive Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. But Frey’s health issues led the band to postpone. “I was looking forward to this one. I was going to go to the Kennedy awards and was thinking, ‘Man this could be the last time we’ll all be together.’ Now that really hurts my heart that we couldn’t be together one more time,” Meisner lamented.

Several months later, Meisner’s wife, Lana Rae Meisner, was found dead by police from a gunshot to the head on March 6, 2016, at the couple’s Studio City, Calif. home. The Los Angeles Police Department subsequently confirmed her death was accidental.

Later in 2016, the Kennedy Center announced that the band was selected as one of that year’s honorees. Conspicuously missing from the list were former Eagles Don Felder, Meisner and Bernie Leadon.

Eagles’ Leadon, Meisner, Henley and Frey, Sept. 1973 (Photo © Henry Diltz; used with permission)

Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter wrote, “The Kennedy Center consulted with the Eagles and through that discussion, it was determined that the four band members–Don Henley, the late Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh–who ‘carried the torch’ will be awarded the Honors.”

Her statement went on to note: “This determination does not discredit the contributions of former band members.”

Although it had been decades since Meisner left the group, his former bandmates displayed an impressive loyalty to him when the bass player underwent a lengthy hospitalization in 2013 and 2014. “I aspirated some food into my throat and choked,” he explains. “I was in a coma for a little while, too. They paid for everything, me being in the hospital.”

Listen to Meisner sing lead on “Take It to the Limit”

In November 2018, Meisner attended Richie Furay’s concert at the iconic Los Angeles venue, the Troubadour. However, he stayed backstage and did not perform.

Meisner joined “Joe Walsh’s Old Fashioned Rock N’ Roll Radio Show” on November 28, 2020, and talked about the band’s early days. Regrettably, there was no discussion of what the bassist had been doing in recent years.

Listen to the complete interview, beginning at the six-minute mark

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  1. Tammy
    #1 Tammy 27 March, 2016, 01:59

    Where ever Randy is I hope he is getting the care he needs and being supported by people who love and honestly care for his well being. Know that your fans love and support you every step of the way Randy. Namaste

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  2. Rain
    #2 Rain 19 March, 2019, 12:11

    Hi Randy l hope you are enjoying life ,you were and are my favourite Eagle ,l think you are gorgeous look after yourself ,you deserve to be happy

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  3. Candy
    #3 Candy 23 March, 2019, 14:03

    Randy, please take good care of yourself. You have had such a positive effect on the world and are a loving gift to us. God bless.

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  4. BIGGEEEE
    #4 BIGGEEEE 27 March, 2019, 13:37

    GREAT SINGER TOO BAD FREY & HENLEY GOT ALL THE CREDIT BERNIE & RANDY WERE JUST BACKUP SINGERS AND DAMN GOOD ONES BE SAFE BRO

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  5. Janet
    #5 Janet 4 April, 2019, 22:19

    I will
    Love this man for ever he has the kindest face their wouldn’t be an eagles if not for randy meisner I love their beautiful music you go eagles!!!love you guys !!janet

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  6. No bull schmidt
    #6 No bull schmidt 24 October, 2019, 01:57

    Randy

    This is Gary Schmidt the owner of the Odyssey Room in Sunnyvale (1968-1989) and the Reindeer Lodge on the my Rose Highway just outside of Reno. You and Rick Roberts brought your music to my Clubs a dozen or better times. For about ten years closed the Odyssey Room at two AM after the band quite to the rdcrddd Take it to the Limit. I broke in to the music production business by producing the first festival to ever draw 100,000 in attendance, the Newport Pop Festival in August of 1968. The. I went on to be in the club business for four decades. Pretty much a retired property owner now living on Mobile Bay in Alabama and in Virginia City Nevada. Your song has ment a lot to me all my life. Sort of a personal theme song. Especially after having experienced it live by you so many times

    THANKS FOR ALL THE MUSIC AND MEMORIES.

    We talked a lot. My Dad farmed outside of West Point Nebraska.

    Hope you are doing OK !!!!

    If you want to talk and compare notes sometime you can reach me at nobullschmidt@hotmail.com.

    Cheers me compadre !! Take Care and enjoy !!

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  7. Lillywhite
    #7 Lillywhite 19 November, 2019, 06:17

    just luv Randy Meisner that voice is sent from somewhere higher than heaven
    I would luv to meet you
    I think you should be included and acknowledged in all things the Eagles continue to undertake
    wishing you peace and happiness Randy
    Lisa

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  8. Eddie
    #8 Eddie 9 March, 2021, 00:59

    Randy, please take good care of yourself. Millions of us out here love you & want the very best for you always. To me, you were the very best of all the guy’s in the Eagles! Eddie in Texas.

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  9. music all day
    #9 music all day 8 March, 2022, 22:37

    “Take It to the Limit” is believed to be the group’s biggest selling 45 single.

    Meisner deserved more respect from Henley & Frey, and included at Kennedy Center Honors.

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  10. RecordSteve
    #10 RecordSteve 9 March, 2022, 20:54

    Thank for interview clip w/Randy=very special.

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  11. 122intheshade
    #11 122intheshade 9 March, 2022, 22:17

    Gene Simmons famously said KISS was EVERYONE who ever played with them. Too bad the Eagles couldn’t figure that out.

    I remember spinning “Hearts on Fire” as a DJ (1980?). Real vinyl!

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  12. Jerr
    #12 Jerr 15 August, 2022, 15:42

    Randy you are the Eagles, hang in there man, God speed

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  13. Kaosxrsy
    #13 Kaosxrsy 29 August, 2022, 08:26

    Sending Randy love & light, may he live the rest of his life knowing he’s loved by many.

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  14. Chuck
    #14 Chuck 9 October, 2022, 23:09

    What an absolute joke to not include Randy and Felder in the Kennedy honors.

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