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DonFan 02-02-2007 05:48 PM

Don in the Press/Blogs/etc.
Don had an article to print in The Desert Sun today:

When Don Henley read what the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares Foundation had to say about him, he cringed.
Selected as the organization's 2007 Person of the Year, he thought, "If that don't say you're old... ," he says with a laugh from his recording studio in Malibu. But the reason for the award, to raise money for musicians who need medical care and can't afford it, touches a nerve.

"A lot of these guys have nothing," he says. On Feb. 9, he'll headline the MusiCares gala in Los Angeles.

But Henley has worked hard for his success since he was a kid growing up in Texas. If he wanted to, he could certainly rest on his past accomplishments.

Every album he's ever recorded, either as a member of The Eagles or as a solo artist, has gone multi-platinum. Since The Eagles re-grouped in 1994, he's either hit the road with the band (they played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2005) or toured solo. On Saturday he'll perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.

As part of the American front charged with breaking the British Invasion stranglehold over the Billboard charts, The Eagles were labeled "country rock" when they made it big. But as a true Texan, Henley resents being pigeonholed.

"They had to smack a label on us," he says of record company execs and music writers who still like to put musicians in a box.

But Henley and his bandmates fooled 'em. And as The Eagles' music evolved and matured, so did the strain on the band of having to put out the mandatory album per year and the accompanying tour to promote the record, not to mention the growing personnel differences between them.

By the early '80s, The Eagles imploded and Henley struck out on his own. Freedom. The freedom to write and record his own music and to collaborate with other musicians.

As for the future, Henley and the other Eagles are working on a new disc to be released (hopefully) in late spring. And there's his own next solo album. But that may not hit the stores for a while.

"My contract says I owe Warner Bros. two more records," he says.

"Let's just say I'm just glad I started in this business when I did."

DonFan 02-02-2007 06:04 PM

And, this interview from Don printed in Billboard:

February 02, 2007, 10:20 AM ET

Freypower 02-02-2007 06:12 PM

Thanks for those DF. I love the 'we need somebody to do something' line. I think that song will be on the album. It's interesting that it's 'as yet untitled'. Maybe they have ditched 'The Long Road To Eden'.

DonFan 02-02-2007 06:29 PM

I love this line about Walmart:

"They can't be any more evil than a major record label, that's the way I look at it. "

That is pure Don. :wink:

Brooke 02-03-2007 11:52 AM

I like the "do something" line. I think that song will now be on the new album. At least it's a great hint! :D

timfan 02-04-2007 03:46 PM

The hint of "Do Something' is a great omen as far as i can see..that this song will be on the album and that the Eagles are really going to get the album finished this time! :D

DonFan 02-04-2007 06:06 PM

Okay, Don played Palm Springs last night and I just read a review from someone who attended. The reviewer said he was in great voice, and also posted this about the show:

Don dedicated “New York Minute” to both Super Bowl teams and people who bid on them.
After “Hotel California”, Don said the song won a Grammy 30 years ago, so they ask him to present the award this year. Don said they ask him if he’d like to present the award with Scarlett Johansson or Gwen Stefani, Don said something like “why not both?”…

That's my guy, all right! :wink:

sodascouts 02-04-2007 06:09 PM

lol! You go, Don. ;)

Maleah 02-05-2007 12:32 PM

:laugh: One of my favorite things about Don is how witty he is lol

DonFan 02-06-2007 01:41 PM

Another really good interview with Don:
(It's long, but worth it! Finally, a writer who did his homework!)

Don Henley on war, peace and Wal-Mart
The singer-songwriter sees no conflict with the Eagles' Wal-Mart deal. 'This is the world we live in.'
By Geoff Boucher, LA Times Staff Writer
February 6, 2007

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