Stephen Colbert Thanks Glenn Frey for ‘One of the Sweetest, Most Beautiful Experiences’ of His Life (Video)

“Late Show” comedian gets a bit choked up recalling how Eagles founder made him a man

Add Stephen Colbert to the list of folks remembering Glenn Frey fondly.

The “Late Show” host took a little time on Tuesday to thank the Eagles founder for a song Frey wrote, and a memory Colbert cherishes.

“The first slow dance I ever danced to was ‘Desperado,'” Colbert recalled, referring to the tune as “the perfect last song for an Eighth Grade dance when you have danced with no one — because I was, the Desperado.”

“It was one of the sweetest, most beautiful experiences of my life,” the CBS comic said. “And that day I took a small — very small — step towards manhood.”

“That would not have happened without Glenn Frey, so, thank you, Glenn Frey,” Colbert concluded.

Frey died Monday at the age of 67, due to the combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

Watch Colbert’s tribute above.