Just like the band’s history, a new film about “Hotel California” rockers The Eagles coming to Showtime is also split into two parts. If you have Showtime, it will be available on demand until the end of March.
“History of the Eagles: the Story of an American Band” is a new two-night documentary special which chronicles both the band’s rise and fall.
Part one follows the band from its inception to its explosive breakup in 1980 and includes rare archival footage as well as interviews with Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, all of the Eagles members over the years, and many others.
Part two will focus on the solo careers of Glenn Frey and Don Henley and the band’s “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour in 1994.
And while the film certainly doesn’t shy away from the well-known fighting within the group – guitarist Bernie Leadon pouring a beer on Frey’s head and walking out, bassist Randy Meisner walking out when he got sick of the band’s hit song “Take It To The Limit” – it also makes a point to show the good times.
According to the Daily Herald, the film’s Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney thinks the band’s story is nothing less than epic. "Theirs is the classic rock 'n' roll story — scruffy kids hook up in L.A., form a band and have enormous success and at the height of their success they break up," Gibney said. "It's a rock 'n' roll fable."