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Bruce Springsteen: Glenn Frey tribute is Take It Easy cover

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Bruce Springsteen honored Glenn Frey on Tuesday night when he covered the Eagles’ hit track “Take It Easy” during the Chicago stop of his The River tour.

Frey, the Eagles’ founding guitarist and singer, who died Monday after complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, was celebrated for his vocals in “Take It Easy,” which was the band’s first single. Frey co-wrote the song with Jackson Browne. (Springsteen also covered the song with Browne last year on his birthday.)

Springsteen performed “Take It Easy” during the encores at Tuesday’s show and played an acoustic version of the song, accompanied by Soozie Tyrell on violin.

 

The Eagles’ manager Irving Azoff thanked Springsteen for remembering Frey in such a public way.

See some fan-shot footage of the performance:

Springsteen honored another late legend at his tour opener in Pittsburgh on Saturday when he played David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” For more on Springsteen’s The River tour head over to EW’s recap.