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BONO STILL HAS ISSUES WITH EARLY-U2 ERA

Even after decades of accolades, sold out tours and multi-platinum albums -- Bono is still self-conscious about U2's early days. Vulture.com reported the legendary frontman appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter Podcast and revealed that in the beginning, neither he nor The Edge were particularly keen on the band's name.

In 1978, following brief stints as both Feedback and the Hype, the band's buddy and fellow musician, Steve Averill, came up with the now beloved and iconic name. Bono remembered, "He came to us with a few suggestions, one of which was U2. And of the suggestions, it wasn't that it jumped out at us as the name we were really looking for, but it was the one that we hated the least. And what we loved about it was that it was not obvious from the name what this band would sound like or be about."

He went on to laugh as he recalled, "I was late into some kind of dyslexia, I didn't realize that the Beatles was a bad pun either. If we'd thought the implication of the letter and the number, in our head, it was like, the spy plane, it was a U-boat, it was futuristic. But then, as it turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence, no, I don't like that name. I still don't really like the name."

Bono also admitted the sound of his voice during the group's early days still makes him cringe: "The band sound incredible, though I just found the voice very strained and kind of not macho, and my Irish macho was kind of strained by that. . . I've been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio, and I've been the color of -- as we say in Dublin -- scarlet. I'm just embarrassed. And yeah, I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot. And maybe that's the place to be as an artist is, right at the edge of your level of pain, for embarrassment, your level of embarrassment. And the lyrics as well. I feel that on Boy and other albums, it was sketched out, very unique and original material. But I don't think I filled in the details."

Whether it's revisiting a 30-year-old album on tour of looking back to his childhood, Bono recently explained that the past always remains firmly a part of the present: "Y'know, part of you never leaves the street you grew up in. And it's a beautiful street with beautiful people. I'm still best friends with a lot of people on Ceadarwood Road -- but, y'know, I still have that attitude that you walk out the door with -- I have it now -- and there actually nobody waitin' for me (laughs) to smack my head in."

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PAUL McCARTNEY TAPS ALTERNATIVE TAKES FOR MONTHLY SPOTIFY LIST

Paul McCartney has just uploaded a new 10-song Spotify playlist on his official PaulMcCartney.com site. Every month "Macca" posts a new tracklisting with a specific theme and to kick-off the New Year, he's has selected alternate versions of hits, collaborations, and deep album cuts.

Among the tracks picked for this month's playlist include Wings' final chart-topper, "Coming Up (Live In Glasgow)" from 1980, his home demo for 1997's Flaming Pie single "Young Boy," 1980 one-man-band demos of his Tug Of War and Pipes of Peace evergreens "Wanderlust" and "Sweetest Little Show," a 1988 studio take of "My Brave Face" with co-writer Elvis Costello, along with his recent revamped mix of his McCartney III lead track, "Find My Way" with Beck.

A message to fans on the site reads in part:

With every New Year comes wellness goals, resolutions and a time to reflect on the past with a fresh new perspective. So for the first 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket' playlist of 2022 we're listening to Paul's music from a different viewpoint.

So whilst we wonder what 2022 has in store for us, crank up the volume and discover some of the re-imagined, demo-ed or recorded live versions of Paul's beloved songs.

Paul McCartney's fan chosen Spotify playlist for January 2022:

"Women And Wives" (studio outtake) - McCartney III
"Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five" (One Hand Clapping soundtrack) - Band On The Run - Deluxe Box Set
"Young Boy" (home recording) - Flaming Pie - Deluxe Box Set
"Find My Way" (featuring Beck) - McCartney III Imagined
"Wanderlust" (demo) - Tug Of War - Deluxe Box Set
"My Brave Face" (1988 demo with Elvis Costello) - Flowers In The Dirt - Deluxe Box Set
"Sweetest Little Show" (demo) - Pipes Of Peace - Deluxe Box Set
"Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)" - McCartney II - Deluxe Box Set
"Beware My Love" (featuring John Bonham) - Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Deluxe Box Set
"Women And Wives" (St. Vincent Remix) - McCartney III Imagined

During a recent chat on his official PaulMcCartney.com website, "Macca" was asked whether his studio tracks are all mapped out in his head before he brings the songs into the studio: "Y'know, when you're writing the song, you just get a feeling of how it's going to sound, and then you record it and it changes. It kinda morphs into the record."

The new playlist features recent reworkings of two of McCartney III's key tracks as found on its companion set, McCartneyIII Imagined. While promoting the set on his Instagram page, McCartney spoke about the critically acclaimed tribute album: "They've all done it with a great freedom. Y'know, because it's lockdown, and I don't think anyone said to them -- (adapts stern voice) 'You must do this! You must use Paul's drums!' Nobody gave any guidelines. They just, sort of, said, 'Well, y'know, have a go.' So, people have been very free. It's got an atmosphere, the album." SOUNDCUE

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PETE TOWNSHEND HINTS AT NEW 'WHO'S NEXT' DOC

Pete Townshend gave fans an update on the upcoming Who box set, which is currently in the works for later this year. Townshend told Mojo: "2021 would have been the 50th anniversary of the Who's Next album and a good opportunity to do a box set and to have conversations about it. But we missed it for obvious reasons. And so in 2022, there is a box set and the box set is to some extent being perfumed by the fact that I've been working with a guy called Jeff Krelitz on a Lifehouse graphic novel, and we're hoping that that will come out around the same time. There's talk of a documentary, all of this stuff. It makes me want to run away (laughs)."

He touched upon the missing Who track from the era he mentioned in a recent Instagram post and gave an update on its inclusion on the set: "The record company had found a track they said was from the Lifehouse sessions. This track, called 'Ambition,' had Keith Moon, John Entwistle and me playing on it. And then I found a demo that I had done at home with a vocal. So they were like, 'Well, let's just get Roger (Daltrey) to do a vocal on the version that the other guys in the band did, and we can add it to the record and it will be brand new.' So I spent a week reconstituting or finishing off the demo, sent it to the record company, and they said, 'Ahhhh, no. . . Maybe you could put it on a solo album?' So I said, 'Well, y'know, there's reason it's never been released before. It's because it's crap!'"

Pete Townshend recently appeared in a video for Britain's RadioX and answered "The Most-Googled Questions" about him. He spoke frankly about the relationship between artist and fan: "As a creative musician, you look to your audience and what you find your audience needs. It needs science -- maybe not music. But if you can't give them the science, what do you give them? You give them hope, you give them uplift, you give them distraction."

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ELVIS COSTELLO SAYS NO ONE CALLS HIM 'ELVIS' ANYMORE

Elvis Costello will probably always be the second-most famous "Elvis" in the world. That said, Costello maintains that no one calls "Elvis" anymore. While promoting his newly-released album, The Boy Named If, Rolling Stone asked about the lyric in the album's single "Farewell, OK," that mentions "Elvis in the velvet hereafter." Costello was asked what his relationship to his stage name is these days.

Costello, who was born Declan Patrick McManus, explained, "I never really hear it because my family don't call me that; most people call me by my initials, which my dad began. He called me 'D.P.', so that's an Irish convention, I guess, that he picked up. And I don't really hear many people call me by that name, so I just don't hear it anymore. It's like a secret identity, or something; it's like being called Clark Kent. It's just a name. It's just a brand."

When pressed about what attracts him to still write rock music, Costello admitted: "I don't like much rock music. I like rock n' roll. I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes out of it. And when people ask me, 'What's your favorite record?' I usually don't name any electric-guitar records made in the last 30 years because the beat is so square. I like things that float a bit or swing a bit, whether it's rock n' roll or actual jazz that swings, or even the way Hank Williams records lope."

He went on to say, "You listen to these records out of Nashville, they couldn't float if you filled them full of water. They just don't; they're square and they sound like bad rock records from the '90s. To my ear, they just do. But somebody likes them. My grandfather -- he was a trumpet player -- never used to criticize other musicians. I'm trying to live by his example a little better these times and not be so critical of everybody else. But you can't like everything."

Elvis Costello explained to us a while back that working on music for a proposed Broadway musical, dabbling in hip hop, or fully embracing the Americana genre, all eat up one's time and inspiration: "That's the thing is that if you do one thing for a while, you're liable to want to do something different. You don't want to eat vanilla ice cream or steak every day. I never want to eat steak. It's just the feeling that I had there. When I was given the opportunity to work with (Burt) Bacharach, Anne Sofie von Otter and many of the other things I'd been doing in the last few years, I would have been a fool to turn those chances down. Everything that I got from it and the songs we wrote or recorded together. And when it came time to do this record it seemed very natural to me."

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THE SCORPIONS DROP NEW VIDEO, ROLL OUT ALBUM DETAILS

The Scorpions have released the first video and title track to their upcoming album, Rock Believer, set for release on February 25th. Blabbermouth reported that longtime Beatles associate, solo bassist, and graphic artist Klaus Voormann designed the artwork for the "Rock Believer" single. Voormann is best known for his Grammy Award-winning album cover art for the "Fab Four's" 1966 Revolver album.

Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine appeared on Chile's Radio Futuro and spoke about the sound of the new album, explaining, "You can expect an album that is dedicated to all the rock believers in the world. And we're very excited after all these years. We thought, when you think about all the touring we did the last 10 years, after the release of Return To Forever in 2015, the time was right to go back into the studio, to write new material, to write new songs and check out if the creativity is still working."

He went on to say, "The big aim was, the goal was to make a rock album -- to make an album with lots of attitude, power and focus on the good old times and really enjoy the music and have some fun with the music. And that feels really good."

Klaus Meine told us not too long ago, that the Scorpions' ultimate legacy is that their music now spans several generations: "It was not only the fans who grew up with our music in the '80s, but there were a lot of kids, also -- like, 16, 17, 18-year-olds -- singing 'Blackout' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane.' And it was just great to see that our music obviously has the power to cross over to a new generation."

The tracklisting to The Scorpions' 'Rock Believer' is:

"Gas In The Tank"
"Roots In My Boots"
"Knock 'Em Dead"
"Rock Believer"
"Shining Of Your Soul"
"Seventh Sun"
"Hot And Cold"
"When I Lay My Bones To Rest"
"Peacemaker"
"Call Of The Wild"
"When You Know (Where You Come From)"
"Shoot For Your Heart"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Unleash The Beast"
"Crossing Borders"

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JOHN MELLENCAMP SAYS HE WAS ALWAYS THE 'POOR MAN'S BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'

On Friday (January 21st), John Mellencamp will release his 25th album, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, with advance reviews touting the set as not only a return to form but breaking new ground for the rock veteran.

Joining Mellencamp for the sessions was Bruce Springsteen, who guests on three songs. Mellencamp was asked by Forbes how he and "The Boss" happened to finally decide to team up: "It was quite by accident. For my entire career I was always like the poor man's Bruce Springsteen. And Bruce and I have known each other for years. We met each other years ago, but we just knew each other enough to say hi. But we did a rainforest thing for Sting and we played together. And all of a sudden he was like my big brother, and he treated me like I was his sibling, and I treated him with respect. And then we became really good friends, and it just kind of happened. He came to Indiana, he stayed at the house. It was great. And I talk to Bruce all the time now. I know what he's doing right now. He knows where I'm at. So it's good. It's been a good thing."

Mellencamp was asked about which artists he admires for their creative evolution: "I admire Bob (Dylan). And I admire Bruce, and I admire Woody Guthrie, and I admire Nat King Cole. I admire Louis Armstrong. We were laughing, when we were making this record, it was like, 'John, your voice has changed so much since you started.' And I said, 'Well, the cigarettes are starting to pay off.' And I was happy when I heard me sing 'Gone So Soon,' that I sounded like Louis Armstrong. It wasn't anything I tried to do, it's just that cigarettes take their f***ing toll on your vocal chords. And so even you can tell by just talking to me, that my voice is raspy, and that's all from smoking. Nothing that I wanted to do. It never dawned on me that it would happen. But I'm happy that I sound that way."

Mellencamp, who's now 70-years-old, went onto explain, "I grew up in public. I was 21-years-old when I made my first record. And I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Not a clue. I was a ballroom singer, and the idea of writing a song was like almost laughable. 'What, you want me to write songs? I'm a singer.' So I had to learn how to write songs. And I wrote songs and I grew up in public. And at first I didn't like that idea, but now, I'm happy it happened because it gave me the opportunity to have the chip on my shoulder and to grow."

He went on to reveal, "I wrote a song called 'Jack & Diane.' And I always detested that song until the last couple, three years. I watched a football game this past weekend, and 80,000 people were singing that song at half time. Can you imagine? I thought, 'S***.' I said, 'How do all these f***ing people know this song?'"

Although most of his success has been on the pop and rock charts, John Mellencamp admitted he feels comfortable now being associated with the blues: "I knew I could always sing the blues, because, y'know, when I was a kid and, y'know, when I first got my first record deal, I was in, y'know, bar bands, and we played blues. And I always was able to deliver, as a 19-year-old kid, singing these blues songs -- at least I thought I could."

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BOB WEIR ANNOUNCES NEW WOLF BROS LIVE SET & TOUR DATES

Coming to LP and CD on February 18th is Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros' Live In Colorado collection, according to Rock Cellar. The Grateful Dead co-founder and the band have just rolled out a string of March dates to coincide with the live set's release. Highlights on Live In Colorado include such Dead staples as "New Speedway Boogie," "West L.A. Fadeaway," and "Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance," among others.

In addition to Weir, the Wolf Bros' touring ensemble features bassist and longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was, Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti "with special guests the Wolfpack with Barry Sless on pedal steel." The 13-city run kicks off on March 9th at Nashville, Tennessee's legendary Ryman Auditorium and winds down on March 30th in Syracuse, New York at the Landmark Theatre.

The tracklisting to 'Live In Colorado' is: "New Speedway Boogie," "Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Big River," "West L.A. Fadeaway," "My Brother Esau," "Only A River," "Looks Like Rain," and "Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance."

Bob Weir, who for years acted as Jerry Garcia's deputy in the Grateful Dead, talked to us about living a lifetime in the band: "This is the only life I've ever known, so it's all I've ever wanted to do, as well. It all seems real natural to me; ringing those lofty bells onstage -- I live for that. In the mid-'70s, we decided we were going to start our own record company. In retrospect, we lost a lot of money, we found ourselves carrying briefcases and stuff like that and it was (laughs) -- like I say, it was not something I would do again."

JUST ANNOUNCED: Bob Weir & The Wolf Bros tour dates (subject to change):

February 9, 10, 12, 13 - Washington, DC - Kennedy Center Concert Hall
March 9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
March 10 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
March 14 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theatre
March 15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
March 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
March 18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
March 19 - Nashville, IN - Brown County Music Center
March 21 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
March 24 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
March 25 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre
March 26 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
March 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre
March 30 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre

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JOE WALSH APPEARING ON ABC'S 'THE CONNERS' TOMORROW NIGHT

The Eagles' Joe Walsh is headed back to the small screen. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who had a recurring role back in the day on ABC's The Drew Carey Show, is set for a guest spot tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 19th) on the network's Roseanne spinoff, The Conners.

Executive producer Bruce Helford -- who also was the show runner on Drew Carey told ET: "Joe wants to break up Harris and Aldo. He doesn't feel like it's a right match. (He and Dan) go at it, which is really fun."

Helford also revealed the pair end up singing a song together, adding, "That's also pretty damn wonderful." The Conners airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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IRON MAIDEN PLANS TO PERFORM NEW 'SENJUTSU' ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY

Iron Maiden is looking to perform its entire Senjutsu album in its entirety. Senjutsu, which is Maiden's 17th studio set, was released last September and hit Number Three on the Billboard Top 200.

Blabbermouth transcribed frontman Bruce Dickinson's recent chat on Chris Jericho's Talk Is Jericho podcast, in which he revealed, "The plan we've got -- it's not really a secret; We've talked about doing the entire album start to finish, but not this time around. And we all appreciate that that is something that really diehard fans will probably love and other people will go, 'Hmmm, I'm not gonna go see that.' So the answer is you play smaller venues so that they sell out with just your diehard fans. 'Cause it's a musical thing to do -- it's a musical thing." Dickinson said that this time out, fans can expect the band to tackle the first three tunes from the album -- "The Writing On The Wall," "Strategy," and "Sejutsu."

Itron Maiden's North American dates kick off on September 7th in Mexico City, Mexico at Foro Sol and wrap over six weeks later on October 27th at Tampa, Florida's Amalie Arena.

During Maiden's last round of shows, Bruce Dickinson told us that, like any singer, he needs to be very careful with his voice, or else he'd have to cancel some shows: "If you stress your voice too much, it's not gonna recover. It's like an athlete with a pulled muscle, and he never actually lets it fully recover -- he's always playing with a hamstring that's pulled, so he's always at just that little bit less sharp than he should be. And it's the same thing with a voice, y'know? I'm very lucky, touch wood, so far on this tour, that it's been pretty reliable."

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THE EAGLES' GLENN FREY REMEMBERED

It was six years ago today (January 18th, 2016) that Eagles' co-founder, guitarist, and songwriter Glenn Frey died in New York City due to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. He was 67-years-old. Against all odds, after a period of mourning, the surviving Eagles -- Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit -- decided to forge ahead and hit the road with Frey's then-23-year-old son Deacon Frey and country star Vince Gill stepping in to cover Frey's classic songs.

In 2019, on behalf of the Frey estate, Glenn Frey's widow, Cindy Frey, filed suit against both Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Itzkowitz. Cindy Frey is suing for $12 million in lost earnings to her family due to Glenn's death. She claims that in 2015 -- the year before Frey's death -- Itzkowitz was negligent in treating the Glenn's ulcerative colitis.

PageSix.com reported Cindy Frey's suit puts forth that "the doctor failed to 'promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues and ignored an infection.' As a result of his death, his family was deprived of his care, guidance and support, and they have suffered pecuniary damage." The report states that Itzkowitz believes that Frey could not have earned another $12 million had he lived passed 67.

The first sign that Glenn Frey was in ill health came in November 2015 when it was announced that his upcoming intestinal surgery would push back the Eagles' 2015 Kennedy Center Honors until the following year, due to his suffering a recurrence of "previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period." In 1990, Frey underwent surgery to remove a large part of his large intestines. His intestinal troubles have blocked several other Eagles events over the years; back in 1986 stomach issues prevented Frey from reuniting with Don Henley at a rare post-split benefit appearance in California, and the group's 1995 Hell Freezes Over reunion tour was thrown off track while Frey dealt with diverticulitis.

Following Glenn Frey's death, songwriting partner and Eagles co-founder Don Henley spoke lovingly of his late friend in a prepared statement:

He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry -- and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year History Of The Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.

We spoke to one of Frey's oldest friends, the great Bob Seger, who described him to us as being like his "little brother." Seger, who co-wrote the Eagles' last Number One hit, "Heartache Tonight," spoke lovingly about his buddy from back home in Detroit: "I knew him 50 years, he was brilliant. He was a classically trained pianist; the chords you hear on 'The Last Resort' and on 'Desperado' -- that's him playing the piano. He wrote those chords. Henley probably wrote the bulk of the lyrics, but that's Glenn. He was a brilliant pianist, classically trained since he was a very young kid. He was (laughs) a joy to be around. I looked forward to seein' him -- I didn't see him all that much over the last 50 years, 'cause he was busy, I was busy, but when I did, it was memorable (laughs), 'cause he had an amazing sense of humor, and just whip smart. Whip smart. And I don't know how you quantify songwriting, but if you do it on the dollars and cents scale -- he's one of the most successful songwriters that ever lived."

Seger, who dedicated his 2017 album, I Knew You When, to Frey, came up with the Eagles leader back home in Detroit and told us that Glenn Frey and music were pretty much, one and the same: "They had a nickname for him in the Eagles, they called him 'The Lone Arranger.' People would bring in a song and Glenn would arrange it. That was his nickname -- 'The Lone Arranger.' And of course, he loved soul music. He loved Marvin Gaye, he loved Al Green, he loved Otis Redding -- he named his last kid after Otis Redding. Otis is his youngest kid, y'know, 16-years-old."

Seger told us that it'll be rough without Glenn Frey: "Y'know, I'm gonna miss him like crazy. We would always get together whenever he came to Detroit. He was. . . He was a good kid. He was a really good kid. I never thought I'd outlive him. I really feel bad for doin' that, 'cause he should've lived longer."

Singer-songwriter J.D. Souther, who scored major solo hits with 1979's "You're Only Lonely" and his 1981 duet with James Taylor on "Her Town Too," is best known for co-writing such Eagles classics as "The Best Of My Love," "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," and "The Sad Cafe," as well as Don Henley's "The Heart Of The Matter." We asked Souther if while composing with Henley and Frey he ever felt a friendly competition within the trio: "With those guys, yeah, 'cause we were all critical beyond belief. I mean (laughs) y'know. . . I mean we're funny guys, and we were friends so it was a blast to do, but we were very critical while we were writing it. Probably the nicest complement that you would ever hear between the three of us, if someone came up with an idea and deposited a line, the best you would probably hear from the other two guys was, 'Yeah, I think we could say that.' And that was a compliment."

Eagles songwriter and Glenn Frey's solo collaborator, Jack Tempchin, shed light on how the pair came up with Frey's 1985 hit, "Smuggler's Blues": "Glenn came down to visit me in San Diego. He had just purchased the rights to the book Snowblind, and they -- he and (manager) Irving Azoff -- were thinking maybe they were going to make a movie. And the deal was, 'Well, let's write a song, Jack, for this movie.' He already knew he wanted slide guitar and be a cool, bluesy thing called 'Smuggler's Blues' and have it be from the point of view of the guy that sells the drugs, y'know, and flies around. So, we both had a lot of strong political feelings about the so-called 'war on drugs,' y'know? But he already had the concept that this'll be, like, slide guitar and kinda cool. So we just started cutting it in my little studio there."

We asked Glenn Frey if he's ever truly sat down and contemplated the Eagles' importance in popular culture: "Oh listen, we are just a blip on the screen, babe. Y'know, we don't even think about those kind of things, although we've been, we've been around a while now, so we will rank as a band that was around for a while. But it's not for us to say."

HISTORY

Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner, will be remembered as one of the most important and consistent hitmakers of the 1970's for the songs he wrote with Henley, and often in conjunction with his pre-fame duo partner, J.D. Souther. Frey co-wrote such era defining tunes as "Tequila Sunrise," "Desperado," "Best Of My Love," "Lyin' Eyes," "Take It To The Limit," "One Of These Nights," "Hotel California," "New Kid In Town," "Life In The Fast Lane," "Victim Of Love," "Heartache Tonight," "I Can't Tell You Why," and "The Long Run" -- along with the band's signature hit, "Take It Easy," which he wrote with Jackson Browne. Like the Beatles, the Eagles shined by featuring two distinct lead voices, with Henley and Frey divvying up their catalogue to suit each other's vocals.

Born on November 6th, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, Frey had been playing in bands in and around the Motor City for years -- and nearly permanently joined forces in the late-'60s with Bob Seger. He made his way out to L.A. not for a shot at stardom, but as a last-ditch effort to reunite with his ex-girlfriend who had moved west to become a singer. He soon teamed up with J.D. Souther to form the short-lived duo, Longbranch/Pennywhistle, who released one album in 1969 on the Amos label. Frey soon met his musical fate while he and the rest of the soon-to-be Eagles backed Linda Ronstadt for a 1971 summer tour. The Eagles originally split in 1980 and reformed in 1994 and have toured the world regularly ever since.

The Eagles' last collection, 2007's Long Road Out Of Eden, was the band's sixth chart-topper and was the highest selling album of the year. To date, it has sold over seven million copies in the U.S. alone.

With the Eagles, Frey earned six Grammy Awards, and with the band and on his own, landed 24 singles in the Top 40 -- including the chart-toppers "Best Of My Love," "One Of These Nights," "New Kid In Town," "Hotel California," and "Heartache Tonight."

The Eagles, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, have sold over 120 million albums globally. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the band's 1976 compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, 38-times Platinum, accounting for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies since its release in February of 1976. The Eagles' followup to the classic compilation, the watershed Hotel California album, released in December 1976, is now the third best-selling album of all time, certified 26-times Platinum by the RIAA for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies.

Don Henley and Glenn Frey were induced into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

Following the Eagles' 1980 split, Frey's solo career initially boomed, teaming up with Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin for a string of Top 40 hits -- including the 1985 Top Two hit, "You Belong To The City" which was featured on the soundtrack to Miami Vice, "Smuggler's Blues" -- which inspired an episode of the NBC cop drama -- and kicked off an acting career for Frey, who was featured in a notable cameo in Cameron Crowe's 1996 film Jerry McGuire. Frey also scored a Top Two hit in '85 with a tune he didn't write -- "The Heat Is On" -- as featured in the classic Eddie Murphy comedy, Beverly Hills Cop.

In 2012, Frey released his first solo album in nearly 20 years, the standards collection, After Hours. The set, which was long awaited followup to Frey's last album, 1992's Strange Weather, featured a string of American classics -- but stretched the "American Songbook" genre to include songs through the 1960's, including Burt Bacharach & Hal David's "The Look Of Love" and Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds closer, "Caroline, No."

In 2013 the Eagles released History Of The Eagles Part 1 & 2, the band's three-hour documentary. The three-disc set includes the bonus disc, Eagles Live At The Capital Centre - March 1977, featuring never-before-released performances from the band's two-night stand at Landover, Maryland's Capital Center during the legendary Hotel California tour.

In 2014 Glenn Frey inducted Linda Ronstadt into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Eagles -- with special guest Bernie Leadon -- toured the world throughout 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Frey was posthumously awarded the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2016.

2018 saw the release of the definitive Glenn Frey solo retrospective, the four-disc set, Above The Clouds: The Collection. Highlights on the set include such solo hits as "The Heat Is On," "The One You Love," "Part Of Me, Part Of You," "You Belong To The City," and "Smuggler's Blues," among others. In addition, the set includes a live DVD featuring Frey performing some of his most beloved Eagles classics taped live on September 15th, 1992 in Dublin, Ireland.

Above The Clouds is most notable for the first CD reissue of the 1969 self-titled Longbranch/Pennywhistle album featuring Frey and frequent Eagles collaborator, J.D. Souther.

The Eagles -- with Deacon Frey -- will kick off the band's next string of North American dates on February 19th in Savanna, Georgia at Enmarket Arena.

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