This spring marks the 40th anniversary of the Eagles' second album, Desperado. The set, which was released on April 17th, 1973, was the band's only true concept album, based around the old west band of outlaws the Dalton Gang from the late 1800's.
Co-founding Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon recalled that at the time of recording the album, the band actually felt a kinship to the gunslingers of the wild west, telling Uncut, "All of us went out west. People would go to L.A. and fail and the responsible one would move back home and start a family, while the malcontent never-say-die type personalities said, 'No. I'm staying. That was our story. The idea was, 'How are we feeling about our lives and what we're doing, and would people in a gang feel the same way?' Breaking out of societal expectations and doing something extraordinary. We were just kids but we were looking at our lives and trying to make reasonable comment about it."
Leadon said that from the start, the Eagles never pretended they were brothers in arms or ever close friends, just guys who got together to get a serious job done right: "When we got together we defined our business plan: we wanted to be successful, world famous, acclaimed and rich. One of the first things (Glenn) Frey said was, 'OK, let's keep this simple, No Christmas cards.' Did we go on holiday and call each other? No."
Bernie Leadon, who'll be back on the road with the Eagles as a a special guest, told us that in the band's early days, they relied hard on their close-knit group of talented friends: "One of the things that the Eagles was fortunate in is that there were really good outside writers around us, so, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and Jack Tempchin. And really, they were writing better songs more consistently than the guys in the band were in the beginning. And then that gave us enough time till the band could sort of catch up."
The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
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 13 - Grand Falls-Windsor, NL Exploits - Valley Salmon Festival at Centennial Field
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
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