Out today (April 30th) on DVD and Blu-ray is the Eagles' History Of The Eagles, the band's three-hour documentary. The doc, which originally aired on HBO, features in-depth interviews with all seven members of the Eagles -- Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit -- along with co-founders Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, and former guitarist Don Felder. The film, which includes eye-popping rare and unseen footage of the band at work and at play, pulls no punches in telling the back story of America's most successful rock band, also includes interviews with key collaborators J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Jack Tempchin, along with longtime manager Irving Azoff, early label head David Geffen, and producers Bill Szymczyk (pronounced: SIMM-zikk) and Glyn Johns.
The three-disc set includes History Of The Eagles - Part One and History Of The Eagles - Part Two -- as well as Eagles Live At The Capital Centre - March 1977, featuring never-before-released performances from the band's two-night stand at Washington, D.C.'s Capital Center during the legendary Hotel California tour.
The disc features previously unreleased concert performances of "Hotel California," "New Kid In Town," "Take It To The Limit," "One Of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes," "Rocky Mountain Way," "Best Of My Love," and "Take It Easy."
Co-founding guitarist Bernie Leadon, who'll be back on tour guesting with the Eagles this summer, shed some light on the band's 1975 chart-topper, "One Of These Nights" -- which was among the last songs he recorded with before quitting the band: "Cool song. This was sort of the beginning of the fourth album and the second one that Don Felder was on. Well, the band's new producer, Bill Szymczyk, came out of R&B and had worked with B.B. King and some people. So, his drum sounds were more Philadelphia. The whole attitude was more R&B. And Henley and Frey were starting to lean more in that direction. So, 'One Of These Nights' has that sort of -- well it's not (laughs) disco exactly, but it's edging in that direction, it's edging towards disco."
We asked Timothy B. Schmit if back in 1978 he had any reservations about joining a band in which two of its four original members had quit citing both creative differences and exhaustion: "No. I didn't think 'Oh, what am I getting myself into?' I totally welcomed it. Listen, I knew how strong-headed both Don and Glenn were, and I knew Joe from years ago. And in fact, Joe and I spent a whole night (laughs) together, stayed up carrying on, talking about my new. . . my new position. And we talked a lot about the band and I just kinda said 'Bring it on, I can do this.' There's a reason this band is successful -- this is what I wanna do (laughs)." )
IN OTHER EAGLES NEWS
The Eagles have just added eight new September dates to their summer tour. New stops include five Canadian shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg along with three U.S. concerts in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Auburn Hills, Michigan.
UPDATED: 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
September 6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
September 9 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Palace
September 11 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
September 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
September 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
September 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
September 20 - Chicago, IL - United Center
September 21 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills