First, Bon Jovi surrendered the pretension and immigrated to the country charts. Now the Eagles seem to be going back, back, back to their roots. The classic-rock hit band will make its first-ever awards show performance at the 41st annual CMA Awards airing live at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 on ABC.
The band's decision to appear on the CMA Awards follows the success of their recently released country single, "How Long," which has been climbing the country charts. "How Long" is the first single from the group's soon-to-be released double album, "Long Run out of Eden." ...
"From the early ’70s this group has defined country rock, and more than three decades later they are still creating music that resonates with our audience," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "They are an outstanding addition to the incredible lineup of performers for the CMA Awards."
They're well aware of the show, too. In 1993, Eagles drummer Don Henley was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year with Trisha Yearwood for "Walkaway Joe," which the two performed together during the 1992 CMA Awards. In 1994, "Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles" won CMA Album of the Year. The disc featured top country artists performing Eagles' hits, including Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and Yearwood.
The Eagles also will be performing six nights in October with CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominee Dixie Chicks as a grand opening celebration for the new Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.