[Editor's note: Over the holiday season, SonicNet is looking back at 1999's top stories, chosen by our editors and writers. This story originally ran on Thursday, Aug. 26.]
Eagles singer/songwriter Don Henley has finished recording his first
full-length solo album of new material in 10 years, according to a source
familiar with the project.
The new LP is scheduled for a winter release, said the source, who declined
to be identified. Since 1989's critically lauded The End of the
Innocence, the only other album issued by the artist was Actual
Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits (1995), which included two new tracks,
"The Garden of Allah" and "You Don't Know Me."
Henley who played drums, wrote songs and sang for '70s country-rock
superstars the Eagles will support the new album with at least a
few live dates, according to the text of a lawsuit filed Monday by Henley
against Paramount Pictures.
The new album, to be released on Warner Bros., will include the ballad
"Taking You Home," according to the lawsuit. That song also was scheduled
to be on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie "Double Jeopardy," but
Paramount pulled it, Henley alleges in the suit. Henley's complaint
demands that the studio pay his agreed-upon fee for the song.
Another song, "Soul Reason," which was Henley's initial contribution to
the "Double Jeopardy" soundtrack, also tentatively is slated for the
as-yet-untitled new album, according to the lawsuit.
Despite the 10-year gap between albums, the new release has a good chance
at success, according to Howard Krumholtz, product manager for the Tower
Records store on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. "It'll probably do
well, especially in this location," Krumholtz said, referring to Henley
and the Eagles' Los Angeles roots, which they frequently celebrated in
But Krumholtz said he doubted that Henley, 52, could again achieve the
heights of pop stardom he reached in the '80s with such hits as "The End
of the Innocence" (RealAudio
excerpt), "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"
excerpt) after beginning his solo career with I Can't Stand
"They don't play old geezers on MTV," Krumholtz said.
Henley, who now lives in Dallas, sang lead on many Eagles hits, including
"Life in the Fast Lane" and "Hotel California." In 1994 he reunited with
his bandmates for a tour and a live album, Hell Freezes Over,
which featured the new track "Get Over It" (RealAudio
The Eagles are scheduled to play three concerts this winter in Los Angeles,
including a New Year's Eve show.