The Eagles are no strangers to a courtroom, whether it’s to sue each other or someone else. Now, it looks as if Don Henley and Glenn Frey are headed back to court with concert archivist William Shelley as their latest litigious target. The New York Daily News reports that the band are suing Shelley and are seeking possession of Shelley’s considerable live archive as compensation.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, accuses Shelley of charging admission to a screening of unauthorized live footage of The Eagles after the band sent a cease-and-desist notice. The suit claims that Shelley, a Long Island resident, has been using his collection of bootlegs “to bolster his reputation as a purported music industry ‘insider’ with close connections and ties to many classic rock greats.”
According to The Guardian, Shelley has an extensive catalog of bootlegs that he has screened for admission in the past; previous Shelley screenings have included a survey of Fleetwood Mac performances from the 1960s through the 1980s and Rolling Stones performances from 1964 to 1975.
The Eagles, and Henley in particular, have been no strangers to the courtroom this year. Henley sued and criticized the folk group Okkervil River for releasing a cover of “The End Of Innocence” with altered lyrics, and he also sued the Duluth Trading Company over a parody t-shirt that used his name as a pun.