Don Henley interview about making his Building the Perfect Beast
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The evening before my first interview with him was scheduled to occur regarding his third solo album “The End of the Innocence”, Don Henley wanted to check me out.
“Hotel California” by The Eagles… impressive combination of cinematic vision, songcraft, and high tech production seemed to be coming from a place in the near future to which the rest of rock would have to catch up…
In July 1981, Stevie Nicks already was in arguably America’s most popular band, Fleetwood Mac, but her first solo album then, “Bella Donna”, took her career to another level entirely, a fact that was by no means guaranteed and which came at some cost. Stevie spells it all out quite candidly In the Studio while revealing the stories and characters behind “Edge of Seventeen”, “Leather and Lace” with Don Henley, and the timeless duet with Tom Petty on his “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
Here is a playlist for you featuring freedom as the theme from Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash, Don Henley, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Rascals, Rush, Styx, The Byrds, and The Who to celebrate red, white, and boom!
“We did two hundred sixty-five shows that year 1975,” says Bob Seger with a mixture of pride and amazement, as explanation on why it was so hard to find the solitary time necessary to write well-crafted songs prior to “Night Moves” forty-five years ago. The double disc “Live Bullet”, recorded in Fall 1975 and released six months later, provided that precious period…by October 1976 with Night Moves containing “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”,”Main Street”,”The Fire Down Below”,”Come to Poppa”, and the title song which Bob calls “…a little novelette.”
Of his cinderella first solo album “Face Value” forty years ago, Phil Collins recalls the real-life betrayal and heartbreak which inspired “In the Air Tonight”, “I Missed Again”; and why he did not include another original, “How Can You Sit There?”, on Face Value nor it’s follow up, Hello I Must Be Going, but opted instead to give it to the soundtrack of the 1984 movie Against All Odds, going on to become Phil Collins’ first #1 hit.
Until the day that he died in January 2016, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey was exceedingly proud of their second album, 1973’s “Desperado” . Purely in popularity and chart stats, that sophomore record had the lowest glide path of any Eagles effort, yet in this exclusive In the Studio interview Frey and original Eagles bass player/ singer/ songwriter Randy Meisner make a detailed case for why “Desperado” may be the most important one of all.
The late Glenn Frey was Bob Seger’s buddy long before Frey headed west and took wing with the Eagles singing background vocals on Bob’s first hit, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” in 1968…
Down through the history of mankind, first flights such as The Eagles are revered: the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783 with their hot air balloon; the Wright brothers in 1903 with powered flight…