Only a week before honoring his brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, at Seattle's Museum of Popular Culture for his contributions to popular music, Ringo Starr got some practice being up at the podium to say some nice things about Walsh and his fellow Eagles bandmates in Washington D.C. as part of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on CBS on Tuesday night.
Originally taking place on December 4, The Eagles were just one of many artists being welcomed by President Obama and the First Lady that night. Also in attendance that night as special Performing Arts Honorees were James Taylor, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, and Martha Argerich.
Both President Obama and Ringo both shared their thoughts on the historic rock group and this artistic influence on society.
“Their legacies are measured not just in terms of works of art but [also] the lives they've touched," President Obama said while addressing the audience.
Ringo didn’t say too much, as he acted as the master of ceremonies somewhat for the Eagles’ portion of the night. He did introduce each of the artists who were in attendance to perform some of the band’s most legendary hits, which can be seen in the video below.
"Waste A Moment" rockers Kings of Leon took the stage first to perform “Take It Easy,” followed by Colombian guitarist Juanes, who was joined by Steve Vai, and Steuart Smith to perform a three-part guitar rendition of “Hotel California.” Vince Gill was also there to play “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” as well as Bob Seger, who appeared on stage to play “Heartache Tonight.” All of the guest performers joined together on stage to close out the tribute with a cover of “Life in the Fast Lane.”
In attendance for the legendary classic rock group to receive their awards were Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt, and the widow of the late Glenn Frey, Cindy Millican.