If You Haven’t Seen Steve Vai’s Electrifying “Hotel California” Tribute To The Eagles, You’re Missing Out


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Eagles Carry The Day At Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors were in December, celebrating a handful of cultural icons in the art world with a weekend-long ceremony that recognized each recipient for their contributions to American culture.

The Eagles, originally slated to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 but deferred it to this year in the wake of Glenn Frey’s medical problems, finally got their moment in the sun as fans and friends converged on the Kennedy Center Opera House to pay tribute to America’s favorite rock band with a series of all star musical tributes in their honor.

WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 4: Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor are recognized for their achievements in the arts during a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. THE 39TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Steuart Smith, Steve Vai, and Juanes (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Fun Fact: The song is considered the most famous recording of the band, and its long guitar coda has been voted the best guitar solo of all time.

Their seminal “Hotel California” took center stage as Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, with the help of master guitarists Steve Vai and Steuart Smith, delivered an electrifying cover of the 1976 classic that despite not actually being performed by the Eagles still manages to elicit the same spine tingling reaction that makes you want to hop in your car and cruise down the 101 at sunset as the original.

Members of the Eagles and 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees, Don Henley (L), Joe Walsh (C) and Timothy B. Schmit (R) receive applause at the Kennedy Center on December 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Judging by the look on the faces of Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, “Hotel California” as performed by Juanes, Steve, and Steuart was as close to a home run as it gets. Glenn, wherever you are, we hope you liked it just as muuch!