The Eagles Interview
The Eagles Interview
She’s written a book. Did she talk to any of you for it?

Don Henley

Not me.
And the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…

Don Henley

You know, until you mentioned it, I’d forgotten that she’s not in, which is another travesty. That’s why I call it a peculiar, perplexing organisation. And it is. Because of some sanctimonious, calcified opinions about what is rock ‘n’ roll and what is not rock ‘n’ roll. The legendary drummer Buddy Rich said that there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. And I think he was right. But she ought to be in there. If anybody’s in there, she should be in there. But it’s very political that organisation; it’s not necessarily about merit.

Glenn Frey

They have a television show to promote every year too. In the beginning, in the first twenty years of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, there were just dinners in New York that nobody attended that had legendary jam sessions and table hopping and the meeting of everyone, and none of that’s really going on right now. But Linda should certainly be in. In about every kind of hall of fame that there could be for someone of her talent.
What are your plans for the future? What’s going to happen next?

Don Henley

Well, we’re about to begin rehearsals next month for a world tour. I don’t want to say it’s our last world tour, but it very well could be and so that’s really the only immediate plan, but we’re working with this documentary and that’s all I know. Anybody else know anything else?

Joe Walsh

And it’s the band’s 41st year. We’re about to have a ‘Happy Birthday to Us’ as part of the tour, also. [Laughter] We’re going to reinvent a new show, you know, a new stage, and lights… It’s amazing what they can do now. And revisit some of the catalogue.

Glenn Frey

It’s somewhat confounding, but people just still want to see us play. It doesn’t seem to end for us. You would think that people would get tired of us, but people haven’t and people still want to see us play. We hadn’t played some good shows for quite a while until this year. It’s been a bit of a solo year, plus we were all working on different parts and aspects of The History of the Eagles. And we went and played a show in Las Vegas about four weeks ago and it was after the DVD had played on Showtime, and the audience was rabid.

I had to laugh, they were so into it and so committed and it seems that we have this kind of phenomenon that we have to deal with, which is that people still want to hear us play. And so we have to keep figuring out ways to keep it a little bit interesting for us, a little bit interesting for them, changing things here and there, whilst still keeping the central body of work and perform most of the songs that we’re known for. It’s amazing that people still want to see us.

Joe Walsh

It’s a great help that they know all the words… [Laughter]
You’re saying you’re going on a world tour. When will this be? Where will you be coming to play?

Glenn Frey

I believe that we’re going to start in July in the United States and Canada and kind of work our way through the rest of this year, but Europe is definitely in our sights for 2014. I fully expect to see the Eagles here sometime in the next fifteen months.
How much do you play guitar when you don’t have to rehearse? How long do you rehearse before beginning a world tour?

Timothy B. Schmit

We’re going to rehearse for about six weeks this time because we’re putting together a new show, but if we’re on a roll and we’ve been playing for a few days, usually every day we have a sound check and that seems to get shorter and shorter as we know what we’re doing. But we’re going to really get into it.

Glenn Frey

And you have to get in concert shape, you know? We all play and sing quite well, I believe, but then there’s what we call concert shape, so you know, you’ve got together in the studio and you’ve got to play these songs and play them a lot, get used to playing thirty songs a day and get your calluses back. But I don’t play guitar everyday and I’m going to guess that Don doesn’t play drums everyday, but when it’s time to start doing that, then that’s what you do. It usually takes a couple of days to catch up to where Joe’s at because he plays every day.
How far can you be from your instruments in your daily life?

Joe Walsh

Well yeah, I don’t really practice that much any more but I do play all the time. We rehearse the songs and stuff, but there’s a bigger part of it and that is production rehearsal and we have to run the show top to bottom for the crew, for the lights, for the sound guy, so they know what song’s next, how to move the microphones, what guitars to bring and stuff. And so we have to do that. It’s a long and involved process and that’s what we’re about to start.

Don Henley

As far as day-to-day stuff, I sit down with my son about twice a week and play guitar with him. He’s coming along really well [Turns to Joe Walsh]. He can play the solos in Hotel California now, so watch out. He’s fifteen. [Laughter]

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Petting Zoos

We've picked out the best 5 petting farms and pett...

image
02 Anzac Events

Honour those who served our country by attending a...

image
03 NZ Music Month 2012 - Auckland Highlights

NZ Music Month is back for another year, check out...

image
04 Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy Interview

The stars of the mixed martial arts film Warrior d...

image
05 Auckland's Best Free Kids Activities

We check out the best five free kids activities in...

Content updated: 25/04/2019 14:53

Latest Features

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this month.
View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this month.
View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this month.
View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this month.

Engage

Connect

Hitwise Award Winner