Joe Walsh Says Upcoming Eagles Documentary Is "Powerful Stuff"; Looks Forward to 40th Anniversary Tour
Joe Walsh has been quite busy this year promoting his new solo album, Analog Man, but come 2013, the guitarist says he'll be very much focused on all things Eagles. To mark their 40th anniversary, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are preparing an in-depth documentary on their history, and also have plans to mount a special tour celebrating the milestone.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Walsh reveals that the documentary, which apparently is called The Story of the Eagles, is "about 80-percent done" and should released early in the New Year.
"We've archived everything from day one and I've seen what they've done with it, and it's pretty powerful stuff," the guitar whiz explains.
With regard to what he enjoyed most about the film, Walsh notes, "It's great to see footage of us in [the 1970s] and contrast that with another round of interviews that were fairly recent, where we look back at everything and describe what it was like for us. It's captivating to watch."
He adds, "I was pretty much glued to the screen and I think that's the way people will feel about it."
Walsh reports that once the Eagles members "sign off" on the completed flick, they will turn their attention to organizing a 40th anniversary trek. He says that the tour will be a completely "new production, lights and sound and set list and all of that," and points out that he expects the outing to get under way during "the second half of next year."
Some discussion has circulated in the media about whether any of the Eagles' former members might participate in the anniversary shows. One Eagles alumnus in particular seems an unlikely candidate for this, guitarist Don Felder, who was fired from the group in 2001 and subsequently launched a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the group. However, Walsh says he has no objection to Felder taking part.
"I think it would be wonderful if all Eagles alumni could show up," he says. "We'll just have to see what happens there."
As for whether the Eagles might put together some new music in conjunction with the documentary and tour, Walsh says, "I think it would be a good idea." While he laments that the band has been notoriously slow when it comes to recording new material, he maintains, "if we can navigate through that -- and not think too hard about it, just get in the studio and do it -- I think we've got another album in us."
Before Walsh gets back to his Eagles commitments, he has one other event on his itinerary -- an appearance at the Love for Levon concert this Wednesday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The rocker will be among the many musical luminaries who will pay tribute to late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm at the benefit show.