Best Of '99: Don Henley Readies First New Solo LP In 10 Years

Eagles singer/songwriter's follow-up to 1989 album, The End of the Innocence, due in winter.

[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

song.

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"

(RealAudio

excerpt) after beginning his solo career with I Can't Stand

Still (1982).

"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

excerpt).

The Eagles are scheduled to play three concerts this winter in Los Angeles,

including a New Year's Eve show.