Bob Seger fans can check out newly released video footage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer belting out a tribute to the Eagles. The Grammy winner performed the 1979 Eagles hit “Heartache Tonight,” which the legendary Motor City rocker co-penned, during the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which was held on Dec. 4 in Washington at the Kennedy Center and aired Saturday on CBS.
Rolling Stone reports on Dec. 28 that the “Against the Wind” hitmaker rocked the celebrity crowd, which included surviving Eagles members Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit, host Ringo Starr, as well as the Obamas and the evening's other honorees, including soul legend Mavis Staples, folk-rocker James Taylor, actor Al Pacino and pianist Martha Argerich. Afterwards, Seger also participated in an all-star finale of the 1976 Eagles hit “Life in the Fast Lane” with Kings of Leon, Vince Gill, Juanes, Steuart Smith and Steve Vai.
In the 2:52 minute clip, Seger immediately gets the audience on board, clapping to the song's thumping beat. The multi-platinum seller delivers plenty of intensity from the outset as he slams into the opening versing, singing, “Somebody's gonna hurt someone before the night is through/Somebody's gonna come undone; there's nothin' we can do.”
Seger co-wrote “Heartache Tonight” along with J.D. Souther, Henley and fellow Eagle singer Glenn Frey. The 2016 Kennedy Center Honors tribute had been intended to be held in 2015, but was postponed after Frey developed health issues following surgery and passed away on Jan. 18.
The Eagles' tribute featured high profile artist performing several of the the country-rocker's biggest hits. The set also included: “Take It Easy (Kings of Leon), “Hotel California” (Juanes, Steuart Smith, Steve Vai) and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (Vince Gill. Fans can check out Seger's performance of “Heartache Tonight” above.
Seger had quite a year in 2016. His last studio album was Ride Out, which was released on Oct. 14, 2014 via Capitol Records. The 2012 Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductee wrapped up the supporting tour on Mar 30, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and later that year won Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live Award. For the latest information on Bob Seger, click here.