An inter-generational ensemble of musicians convened to celebrate the Eagles and perform several of the band’s most famous hits at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month.

Ringo Starr served as an MC of sorts during the Eagles tribute segment, opening the proceedings with a short speech.

“I am honored to be this evening to honor the Eagles, including my brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, who forced me to do this,” he said.

He then quickly introduced Kings of Leon, who rollicked through “Take It Easy” with assistance from a soothing group of backing singers.

His sterling pedal steel guitarist repeatedly burst through the song’s serene glide with slashing runs.

The evening ended with arena punch and mass sing-alongs: Bob Seger, who co-wrote the Eagles’ 1979 single “Heartache Tonight,” jabbed his way through the track as the crowd clapped in unison to the heavy beat.

Though the Eagles were initially slated to be honored in 2015, the band postponed due to the late singer/guitarist Glenn Frey’s health problems.

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