The Eagles met with the press Thursday (April 25th) in England for the UK premiere of their career-spanning new documentary, History Of The Eagles. Vintage Vinyl News reported that Glenn Frey spoke frankly to the crowd about the future of the band, now celebrating their 41st anniversary, saying, "We're about to begin rehearsals next month for our world tour. I don't want to say it's our last world tour, but it very well could be. That's the only immediate plan. We've been working on this documentary. That's all I know."
He went on to talk about the fact that the Eagles remain hotter than ever as one of rock's most sought after tickets: "It's somewhat confounding, but people still want to see us play. It doesn't seem to end for us. You'd think people would get tired of us. But you know, people haven't."
The Hollywood Reporter posted that Frey, who in the past has been no stranger to appearing on the small screen, was asked about reality music shows and took a swipe at the American Idol and X Factor-type talent programs, saying, "This doesn't have a lot to do with our DVD, but I'm going to deal with this quickly. Can you call it art if you have a contest? That's the first thing I wanna ask. The nature of these shows is such is that they make everybody want to be big and big for the camera and big for the audience and you know, for myself I would just as soon somebody just stood there and sing the damn song."
In a serious moment, Joe Walsh took time out to talk about his troubled days following the Eagles' split in 1980, recalling, "When we stopped I didn't really have a life and I didn't know what to do and I was sad. So I pretended that we didn't stop and I kept going and basically I ended up an alcoholic and dependent on substances and those things gradually convince you that you can't do anything without them. And that's how I wound up."
The band's upcoming shows will be different than in the past, with the Eagles delving into specific eras as they chart the band's history with a heavy use of video screens showcasing their career. The concerts will feature original lead guitarist Bernie Leadon returning for his first shows since 1975.
Joe Walsh gave us an exclusive as to what fans can expect from him during the upcoming Eagles tour: "There will be part of the show that doesn't involve me, but I may come out and play some James Gang stuff, too, as part of the show, just to show what I was doin' when 'Witchy Woman' came out. We don't have that down yet. It's the 'History Of The Eagles,' so part of it will be involving me and what I was doing before I joined that band. So, it's all good. It all works out great."
The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
May 23 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
July 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater
July 9 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
July 11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 15 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 19 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
July 22 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
July 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
July 25 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
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