Eagles in the studio for the 45th anniversary of the California Hotel


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The 45th anniversary of Eagle’s hit album “Hotel California” is celebrated with the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands.

The Redbeard host said: “We all know the perilous moments we live in forty-five years after the Eagles revealed the location, not on a map or travel brochure, of the hotel California It had absolutely the best music: ‘New Kid in Town’, ‘Life in the Fast Lane’, the love and the painfully honest loss of ‘Wasted Time’, the searing ‘Victim of Love’, the epic ‘The Last Resort’ and ‘Don Felder’s Mexican electric reggae,’ as Glenn Frey called it, on ‘Hotel California.’ Don Henley takes your reservation, Joe Walsh shows you to your room, and Eagles co-founder, The late Glenn Frey, is the night porter at the Eagles’ Hotel California forty -fifth anniversary here in the Studio.

“Even before the California Hotel, driving halfway across America in March 1976, was when I first realized how popular the Eagles had really become. It was long before the 21st century satellite radio, so driving 1400 miles from Lincoln NE to Hartford CT would mean re-tuning the car radio about every seventy-five miles or so to a new local station. AM or FM, signal from a big city or a small one, would listen to “One of These Nights”, “Lyin ‘Eyes” and “Take It to the Limit’ as if their FCC licenses depended on it! These three hits from the One of These Nights album made it into the Top 10, with the album topping the Billboard sales chart and ultimately winning a Grammy.

“So for the Eagles’ next effort, did the band have something to prove? No question. Had their four platinum and multi-platinum albums in a row set the bar for expectations extremely high? You bet, though Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Don Felder and new guitarist Joe Walsh (replacing Bernie Leadon) and the impressive combination of cinematic vision, song and high-tech production seemed to come from a place in the near future that the rest of rock should catch up.

“‘Don (Henley) and I admired the nerve that (Donald) Fagen and (Walter) Becker had in their lyrics,’ the late Glenn Frey told me of Steely Dan when asked about the images of the song ‘Hotel California’. “They did some bold things with the lyrics. With “Hotel California”, Henley and I started talking about writing a song where you didn’t have to explain what everything meant … and being a little weird for the sake of being weird, or not. have so that every line in your song has absolute meaning. And I guess what we’ve achieved is a perfect ambiguity, where people read things in this song that go beyond our wildest ideas of what that song means.

“It is indicative of the untold loss to music and pop culture that was the January 2016 death of Eagles co-founder and visionary Glenn Frey who, along with Henley & Walsh, has the final say here in this classic rock interview. on Hotel California at tee time. ” Stream the episode here.

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Nicholas E. Crittendon