The Eagles masterpiece album “Hotel California” is set for re-release on Friday. Don Henley sat down to catch us up on the latest Eagles news in an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Among the topics he covered…
Continuing after the death of Glenn Frey:
“The only way it felt justified to me was to have family blood in the band. And I have to hand it to Deacon. We rehearsed for a couple of months. And his first gig with us was at Dodger Stadium [at the Classic West festival on July 15th]. He had done some gigs with his father – private parties, clubs, in front of maybe 200 people. To go from that to 55,000 people is extraordinary. I don’t know many people who could have done that without freaking out.”
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On the “Hotel California re-issue:
“We picked it because it had the most impact of our studio albums. The song itself has become one of those songs like “Stairway to Heaven” [laughs]. The album came out in December 1976. But it didn’t really make an impact on the radio until February of ’77. I’m so thrilled we had the foresight to record those things at the Forum. I didn’t even realise that we had done that – playing songs from Hotel California before it was out. We were doing things that nobody had heard on the radio yet.”
On the plan going forward:
“There is nothing etched in stone. Deacon wants to start writing. I think our management is holding some venues, as managers are wont to do. Everyone is so tired from the last two years, what we’ve been through, that we need a break. After the holidays, as we have traditionally done, we will get together in January and talk about what we want to do – whether we want to do anything, how much we want to do, when to do it. As Glenn used to say, we run this band on a yearly basis. That’s still the way it is.”
On that note, just today, Eagles tour dates for next year were announced, including a June 30 date in Minneapolis with Jimmy Buffet opening (and others with James Taylor).
Read the full Rolling Stone interview with Don Henley HERE.
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