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Published by Lisa Mielke
Zig Zag
December, 1976
Zig Zag
December, 1976

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The
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Magazine
Eagles
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Ourgood
friend
Constant Meijers.
who
runs
the Dutch
musicpaper
Muziekkrant
Oor,maintains such
close
contact
with
the
Eagles
that
he
managed
to
lay his
hands
on
a
tape
of
their
new albumalmost
as
soon
as
it
had been mixed.
Notonly that,but
he
arranged
for
them
to
call
him
up
to
discuss
the
album
for
thebenefit
of
Zigzag
readers!
Thursday,
the 18th
of
November,00.30
hours,the telephone
rings.
Glenn
Frey.
Hello, Constant? Heypardner,
this
is
Glenn,how
are
you?
ZZ; I'mline,
thanks, how
are
you?
GF: Oh,
l'm
burned.
We
are
in
Minneapolis,Minnesota.
We
got
a
night
offtonight,
so
we'regoing
to
a
hockey
game.
ZZ:
I
have
totell
you
guys
thatyour
album
knocked
me
out,GF:
Ohgreat.
l'm
glad
youlike
it.
We
didn't
get
done
with it that
long
ago,
about
a
week
anda
half, two
weeks. We
were
out
on
the
road
for
a
couple
of
days,
then
back
to
the
studio,
backand
forth,
back and
forth.
Pretty
crazy schedule
-
but
it
turned
out
real
good.We're really
pleased
with it
-
but then
we usually are
right
when
we
finish
an
album.
ZZ.
I
don't
knowfor
sure
yet,
but
I
have
a
suspicion
it'syour
best ever.
GF: l'm
hoping
that's
the
way
it
will
turn
out,there
are
certainly
a
lot
ofpotential
singles on
there.
We
were
pretty
happy
tofind
our
recordingtechniqueand
our songwriting
allcometogether
so
well at
the
same
time.
This
album
is
kinda like
.
.
.
.
I hate
to
compare
itwith
'Desperado',
but
in
some
ways
it's
almost
the
moderndayversion
of that
same
story.
Butlisten, I
don't
wanna
hog
the
phone'cause,believe
it
or not, everybody
is
here
to talk
with
you.
So maybe
I
can
pass
the
phorre
round and-
the
other
guys
can
talk too.
ZZ:
Okay,
I
have a
couple
of
questions
for
the
others.
.
.
.
can
you
tell
me
about the
songs
on
this
album,
Glen?
GF:
Oohh .
.
.
.
that'scomplicated. I
mean,
everyonewas intenselyinvolved
in
the
writing
side .
. .
.includingJ.D. Souther,
who
helped
us
write two
of
the
songs
on the
album
'There's
a
new
kid in
town'and'Victim
of
Love'. The
first
A
rare
sight:
Frey,
Walsh
and
Leadon
as
Eagles
together!
side
starts
with
'Hotel California',then'Newkid
in
town','Life
in
the
fast lane'and
'Wasted
time'.The
second
side
is'Victim
o{
love',
'Pretty
maids
all in
a
row','Try
andloveagain'and'Thelast
resort',which
is
the
one
that everybody
is
raving
about.
. . .Henley
reallyoutdid
himselfon
that
one,
he
wrote
most
of
the words.
ZZ:
How
has
thegroup
changed
since thearrival
of
Joe Walsh?
GF:
'Well,
it's
as
good
as
we
thought
it
would
be;
the
guitarplaying
is
much more
to
mylikingnow
.
. .
.
and
the
musical
platforms
we
are
working
off
on
this
album
are
also more
to
my
liking, incidentally.
On
stage, songs
like'Lying
eyes',and
that sortofcountry-rock-ballad-soft-
rock-material,
which
comes
very
easy
to
us
didn't
change
at
all
whenJoe
came
into
theband,
he
has
a
fluent
enough
style
to
fit
intothat kind
of
music.What really
does
get
me
off,
as
far
as
his
arrival
is
concerned,
is
our
ability
to do'HotelCalifornia',
and
'Life
in the
fastlane'. Those
area
challenge andreal
exciting
to
play.
ZZ: lt
seems
as
if
there
is
more
rock'n'roll
in
the
music now,amoregutsyapproach
-
but
there
alsoseems
to
bemore consistency in
this
album,
certainly
more
than
was
discernible on'One
of
TheseNights'.
GF:
I
think
you
may
be
right there,
I
have
the
Jeeling
that
we'll
surprise
a
lot
of
people
withthis
record and
that
the
critics
on
the
EastCoast
all
spoke
too soon!'HotelCalifornia'
puts
our
whole existence
into
perspective,
Anyway,
l'll
hand
you
over
to
Joe.Joe
Walsh.
Hi
man,
what
are
you
doing?
ZZ: l'm
holding
thephone
to
my earl
Listen
.
. .
.
when welast spoke
inSeptember'75,wereyou
alreadyaware
thatyou
weregoing
to
join
the
Eagles?
JW:
lt
wasn't
really
definite
enough
to
announce
or
brag
about,
I was
sort
of
waiting
to
see
what
happened
-
but
there
was
talk about
it.ZZ;
How
do like
being
partof
anestablished
group?JW.
Oh, Ilike
ita
lot;
it's
great....
a
whole
lot ofweight
off
my shouldersl
lt
was a
little
frantic,youknow,
gettingthealbumdone;
wewere
just
a
tiny
bit
behind schedule
on
it,
so wehad
to
rush around
to
finish
itoff.
Weare
iustfinishing
up
a
real busyyear!
ZZ:
During
that
same
interviewyou
expressed
thefeeling
thatyou
were
afraid the
Eagles
were
in
danger
of
becoming a
littlebit
lazy
during
1
976.
JW:
I
wish
they would
get
lazy!
Iamendmystatement
!
ZZ.
Did
youcontribute
a
lot
to
the
productionofthe
new album?
lt
sound
as
if
youdid.
JW.
Well,
I
just
plugged
in
as
a
part
of
thegroup.There
are
little
places
where
l'm
shining
through,
and
places
where
Iwas
playing
key-boards and
stuff.
ZZ:
Whoplaystheorgan?JW:
That's
me. Ihad freedom
to
come up
with
some
arrangements,
which
I
did.
and
some-
times
I
was
told
what
to
play-which
was
fine.
lt
worked out
very
well
as
far
as
l'm
concerned.
ZZ:
As far
as
theproduction
goes.
. .
.
well,the
Eagles never
achieved
this kind of
feel
beforgbutyou
have.
So
I
get
the
impression
that
youhad
a
hand in
theproduction.JW: Might
be,
might
be. I
wasable
to
contribute
ideas
as
a
result
of
working with
Fogelberg,
but l'm
not
responsible Jor
all of
thealbum
by
any
means.
I
justfeel
as
if
I
made
my
presence
felt,
in
a
positiveway.
ZZ:
Which
songs
didyouwrite?JW.
I
wrote'Pretty
maids
all
in
a
row'.
ZZ:
Are
you
still
involved
with
soloprojects?JW: Yeah,
they
are
going
ahead
too. l'm
lust
in
the
process
of
signing up
with
Asylum
Records, so
as
soon
as
that's done
I
might
get
started.
Probably
next
year.
ZZ:
But
noplans
to
reform Barnstorm
in
the
near
future?
JW: Maybe,
based
around
an
album
sometimenext
year.
lt
depends
if
the
Eagles
getlazy
or
not.
ZZ:
Atwhat
stage
ofthe
lifespan
of
a
group
are
the
Eagles
currently
standing?
I
remember
youholding
someinteresting theories on
the
lifespans
of
groups.
JW. Oh,
that's
a
hardone
to
answer.
I
think
it
is
still
positive.
l'm
certain
there
is
another
album
or
two
in
everybody,
though it's
getting

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