A rude Don Henley fan learned the meaning of “don’t mess with Texas” when he got booted out of the show by Henley after heckling the Eagles frontman. During Henley’s Saturday night (November 7th) concert at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, a concertgoer got cute and yelled out ousted Eagles member Don Felder’s name when his longtime replacement — and current Henley touring member — Steuart Smith — was introduced.
Henley told MLive.com that he decided to take the matters into his own hands and nip the incident in the bud, explaining, “So, I called him out. But, he wasn’t finished. Then, he blurted out, ‘Don Felder taught Tom Petty how to play guitar.’ I said, OK, that’s it, you’re outta here, and I had security escort him out.” Following a hearty round of applause, Henley told the audience: “I did exactly what Glenn (Frey) would have wanted me to do in his hometown.”
Henley went on to inform the crowd that it was Frey’s birthday that night and joke that kicking the heckler out was his birthday present to his songwriting partner.
Unlike most of Don Henley’s other solo sets, Cass County features a spate of guest collaborations, including Stevie Nicks, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and Martina McBride, among others. One of the highlights on the album is a cover of Tift Merritt’s “Bramble Rose” featuring Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert.
Don Henley told us that tapping Mick Jagger to sing on a country song is hardly a left-field pick: “Y’know I thought about all the stuff that the (Rolling) Stones have recorded between ’68 and ’72, and when you listen to that stuff, you hear country influences in there. Y’know, stuff like ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Dead Flowers’ and girl with the ‘Far Away Eyes’; because Keith Richards met Gram Parsons in 1968 when Gram was in the Byrds and they toured England — those two became friends and I think Gram probably schooled Keith, to some degree, on the music of the American South.” at Toronto’s Sony Centre For The Performing Arts.
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