Eagles CD on way, Henley confirms


The new Eagles studio album that has been in the works since 2003 will be out before summer, according to principal member Don Henley. "Sometime in the next 60-90 days," Henley tells Billboard of when to expect the as-yet-untitled disc. "We want to get it out before the summer. We've had a few interruptions. We've had a few distractions. We've had several."

The last Eagles album was 1979's "The Long Run." Asked to characterize the mood of the recording sessions, Henley says, "Some days it feels good. Some days it's challenging. It's exhilarating. It's worrisome. It's joyous. It's all of these things. It's a big mixed emotions kind of thing. It always has been. It's no different from what it ever is. It's just that there are more distractions now with families and charities and lawsuits."

Two new songs, Joe Walsh's "One Day at a Time" and Glenn Frey's "No More Cloudy Days," appeared on the 2005 live DVD "Farewell 1 Tour -- Live From Melbourne," which the band released via its own Eagles Recording Co. imprint.

The day after Thanksgiving, the band repackaged the DVD with a bonus audio CD featuring "No More Cloudy Days" and two other new songs, "Fast Company" and "Do Something." This edition was available exclusively via Wal-Mart, a deal which has drawn the ire of some in the industry.

"We've gotten a lot of flack for it," Henley admits. "On the other hand, people keep on saying we need a new business model, we need a new paradigm, we need somebody to do something, so we stepped up and did something. Wal-Mart is getting their environmental and labor act together. We did our homework, and they are putting some innovative programs in place ecology-wise. They can't be any more evil than a major record label, that's the way I look at it. We'll see what happens."

Henley will be honored at the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year dinner and concert Feb. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center for his professional and philanthropic achievements.