Glenn Frey of the Eagles to Undergo Major Surgery
Glenn Frey of the Eagles is facing major surgery, the band announced on Wednesday (Nov. 4). The group was supposed to attend and be honored at the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, but due to Frey's health, they will not able to attend, and their recognition will be postponed one year.
According to a statement from the Eagles, Frey, who turns 67 on Friday (Nov. 6), "has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period."
Frey has spoken about his intestinal issues, which he believes are due to his early band days involving drugs and alcohol, previously. In 1986, he missed a reunion with Don Henley due to his ailments, and in 1990 Frey underwent surgery to remove a large part of his intestine. In 1994, he had a bout with diverticulitis, which interrupted the band's Hell Freezes Over Tour.
Though the Eagles will not be at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, Frey and his fellow band members -- Henley, Timothy Schmit and Joe Walsh -- will instead be honored at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors. The 2015 Kennedy Center honorees, in addition to the Eagles, are singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.
Country artists previously honored by the Kennedy Center include Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff and many more.
The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony is set to take place on Dec. 6 and be broadcast on Dec. 29 on CBS.