Don Henley (from The Eagles), Don Henley projects with and without the Eagles.
Don Henley happens to be in the Eagles, a band that sells out arenas in a matter of hours, which makes it easy to forget that he also has a long-running solo career.
So how has the Eagles ongoing "farewell" tour - perhaps only Cher has taken a longer final bow - affected Don Henley's own touring and recording schedule?
"It has the effect of putting my solo material on hold," Don Henley says by phone from his Dallas home. "I need to get into the studio and do some material.
"I have a contract with Warner Bros., and I owe them two solo albums. There's also the possibility of finishing an Eagles album of new material, so you combine that with raising three kids and all my environmental work, and there's not enough hours in the day. I hope I live long enough to get all of these things done."
Don Henley also would like to do an album that charts the history of blues and seminal R&B music of Northeast Texas, the region where he was raised. He also wants to do a collection of standards, but not the way that Rod Stewart did.
"I want to do an album of nouveau standards. A lot of other people have done the old standards to death, but there are a lot of songwriters still living and working today who have been overlooked: Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello."
There's also the lingering talk of a new Eagles album, a tantalizing prospect for all those fans snatching up concert tickets as fast as they go on sale.
"It's in limbo," Don Henley says of the new album. "That may or may not happen. Some stuff is recorded but, in my opinion, we still have a lot of work to do. I think we can do better."
Don Henley is on this summer with Stevie Nicks, which he says he would put on the shelf for the Eagles.
"I'll probably end up doing that tour, but if I thought the Eagles could be productive in the studio, I'd probably cancel that tour. But I haven't been given the indication that there will be anything more than golf for some of the other band members."
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