We just got back from the Standin’ On The Corner Festival in Winslow, Arizona. I wrote about it here. Friday at noon there was supposed to be a dedication for a new life-size bronze statue in the likeness of Glenn Frey with classic rock station KSLX broadcasting from the corner.
But the statue didn’t arrive on time.
The artist hadn’t finished it. And, it was still in Provo, Utah. So, the whole event happened the next morning. Take two. Have you ever watched the Gilmore Girls? It felt like something straight out of Stars Hollow. A dusty Stars Hollow. It was awesome, really, the way everyone – tourists and townspeople – just reconvened the next day. Everyone gathering around the corner waiting. A big suburban type of vehicle drove up to the park with the statue in the back. People cheered! A group of guys maneuvered the statue (wrapped in a moving blanket) to the designated spot and stood it up on its feet. Folks gave speeches on the history of the park, and the history of the Eagles. The DJ from KSLX cried as someone mentioned that the statue would be here long after we’re all gone. Then, “Take It Easy” began to play and the entire crowd sang along.
That night an Eagles tribute band was the main event. This year’s Standin’ On The Corner Festival was dedicated to Frey so the band played a selection of Glenn Frey solo-artist songs including “Smuggler’s Blues”, “You Belong to the City”, and “The Heat Is On.”