About 200 people attended a memorial service Tuesday night at Standin’ on a Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, for The Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who died at age 67 on Monday from several illnesses.
The Associated Press reported that Winslow residents, including Tom McCauley, staged the memorial at the corner made famous by the 1972 hit song “Take It Easy,” which was written by Frey and Jackson Browne. Locals played from the Eagles’ music catalog and encouraged dancing.
“All are on the same page of being grateful for the music,” he said. “The Eagles are one of the greatest rock and roll bands, and Glenn Frey is certainly one of the most iconic performers ever.” […]
Tyler Blom of Duluth, Minnesota, was on his way to Las Vegas with a friend when they decided to detour to Winslow to pay their respects.
“If you don’t know that song, you gotta get your pulse checked,” said Blom, 27. “If you don’t like that song, it’s an ‘I don’t know if I can be friends with you,’ kind of thing.”
Steve Pauken shot a photos from the memorial and posted them in an album on Facebook.
The statue of a musician on the corner, nicknamed “Easy,” quickly was decorated with candles, flowers and balloons as a makeshift Glenn Frey memorial shortly after the news of his death Monday afternoon. The mementoes kept coming through Tuesday night.
McCauley said the Standin’ on a Corner Festival later this year will be dedicated to Frey. The festival’s foundation eventually will put up a plaque to honor Frey near the statue on that corner of Route 66.
UPDATE: Here’s a video shot by Pauken:
(Photos from the Glenn Frey memorial by Steve Pauken via Facebook)