While the Eagles are certainly one of the most commercially successful bands in the USA, apparently American tourist to Thailand, Bobby Ray Carter Jr., disagreed, and payed for it with his life.
Carter Jr. died in a hospital in Bangkok from a stab wound to the chest after inciting a brawl early Wednesday at a Bangkok bar on Ao Nang beach. A Texas native, Carter and his son were singing along with the band, refusing to give other customers a turn due to their intoxication.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Krabi city police chief Col. Taksin Pochakorn claimed the following:
“Witnesses said Carter got angry when the band played `Hotel California‘ instead of the song he requested, and he refused to step down,”
Clearly intoxicated, Carter Jr. refused to sing along with the Eagles single, ‘Hotel California’ and along with his son, mercilessly badgered the three members of the band on stage. The three members of the band then moved the argument outside, which Lieutenant Colonel Attapong Seanjaiwuth of Krabi city police described to Fox News
“He demanded the money he had already given as a tip back. But the real fight broke out outside of that pub. He was stabbed twice and died while on the way to local hospital.”
During the fight, Carter Jr. was stabbed by one of the band members with an iron rod, and his son was also injured in the head. All three band members were arrested and face manslaughter charges by local police.
Maybe, just maybe, if the band had bowed to Carter Jr.’s demands and played ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,‘ instead, this could have been avoided. Remember folks, Don Henley and his music are nothing to be trifled with.