The latest 'CMT Crossroads' episode featuring Joe Walsh performing with a variety of country artists, as well as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, premiered this past Saturday, but now it's been posted online. 'CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends' captures Eagles guitarist collaborating on stage with such Nashville stars as Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Hunter Hayes. Among the tunes Walsh plays are 'Rocky Mountain Way' with Paisley, 'Life's Been Good' with Bryan, 'Best of My Love' with Sara Evans and 'Life In the Fast Lane' with Billy Gibbons. Watch the episode in it's entirety below, it's a great one.
CMT.com has posted a couple of bonus videos,. In the first, Walsh talks crediting The Who's Pete Townshend with being a major influence on him as a musician. He also cited Brian Wilson as an inspiration, recalling that he once saw a Beach Boys concert when he was in high school. In the second clip, the talk turns to the digital music age vs. the way things used to be recorded.
The Eagles are marking their 40th anniversary in 2012, but Glenn Frey says the band probably won't be doing a big celebratory tour, and talks about his upcoming solo album in a new interview with Rolling Stone. He also touches on the possibility of Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon joining the band back on stage at some point, if he is ever shocked with the amount of records the Eagles have sold, and a two-DVD documentary on the history of the band.
RS: I've heard Joe Walsh say that the Eagles are planning a 40th anniversary tour for this year. Is that the case?
GF: Well, that sounds great, doesn't it? Actually, it's just kind of the way that things fall. This is more of a planning year for us. We went through a four-year touring cycle with Long Road Out of Eden, and this year we're playing some places where we've never played before. That's been sort of our goal now – at least once a year, go to a place where we haven't played. Last year we went to China and to Taiwan. We went to Iceland, we played some places . . . South Korea . . . some places we've never been. This year it's South Africa, it's Dubai. We're going to play Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year. Just a handful of shows this year.
We're working on a two-DVD documentary of the history of the Eagles. It's a time-consuming project. We hired a fantastic director – Alex Gibney, he won the Academy award for Taxi to the Dark Side, about Guantanamo. He also directed Smartest Guys in the Room, the Enron documentary, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. So he's helming this whole mission that we have right now, and there's a couple of other things I can't actually talk about. But as far as touring goes, we haven't decided to do that yet. We might wait until this documentary come out and then do a tour we can call "History of the Eagles."
RS: Joe was talking about a set list that goes chronologically through the history, with a lot of archival video getting incorporated into the show.
GF: That's exactly . . . yeah. I could see us doing that. I just don't see us doing that this year. I see us getting ready to do this. Maybe when September comes around we can sort of look and say, "OK. Let's go out next year and let's do" – like you said. That's my idea, but whether it happens or not we gotta just wait and see. We just do one year at a time with the band. It seems to be the best way to take everybody's temperature and see what we're up for doing each year. It just didn't fall that we were going to be doing some big 40th anniversary tour – it may be better to sweep that 40 number under the carpet. People will look at the map and they'll figure out that we're really, really old. The Stones are doing the 50th, and the Beach Boys. So maybe we should stay out of that.
Frey will launch a brief tour in May to promote his upcoming solo album, 'After Hours,' a collection of classic love songs that includes Forties standards like "Sentimental Reasons" and "My Buddy" alongside more recent tunes, like "Caroline, No" by the Beach Boys and "Same Girl" by Randy Newman. 'After Hours' is set for release on May 8. Read the entire interview here: www.rollingstone.com
Watch the EPK for the 'After Hours' album here.
Bon Jovi may have recently been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the veteran band still ended the year as the world's top concert attraction, according to a trade publication. The group sold $201.1 million worth of tickets, split almost evenly between North America and the rest of the world, said Pollstar magazine. Its success was noteworthy given that it was promoting a 2009 album that did not sell strongly. Bon Jovi also shone even as overall sales slid in a tough economy. Pollstar said sales for the top 50 tours worldwide fell 12 percent to $2.93 billion. In North America, the top 50 tours dropped 15 percent to $1.69 billion. Overseas tours are increasingly becoming more lucrative for musicians, especially as infrastructure improves across Asia and the former Soviet bloc, Pollstar said.
Indeed, hard rockers AC/DC came in at No. 2 and Irish foursome U2 at No. 3 after making all their money overseas. AC/DC grossed $177 million, and U2 $160.9 million. U2 was the top worldwide act in 2009 with $311 million, followed by AC/DC with $227 million. In a field dominated by rock acts, flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga was No. 4 this year with $133.6 million. The "Poker Face" singer worked harder than any other musician in the top 10, playing 138 shows, two-thirds of which were overseas. Bon Jovi, by contrast, played 80 shows. AC/DC (40 shows) and U2 (32 shows) took it relatively easy.
Metallica was No. 5 with $110.1 million from 60 overseas shows. Both Metallica and AC/DC last released albums in 2008, relying on their extensive catalogs of headbanging favorites to keep drawing fans. The field was rounded out by Canadian singer Michael Buble (No. 6, $104.2 million), the "Walking with Dinosaurs" live family show (No. 7, $104.1 million), Paul McCartney (No. 8, $93 million), the Eagles (No. 9, $92.3 million) and former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters (No. 10, $89.5 million). Waters earned all his money in North America, where his acclaimed restaging of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was the No. 2 draw behind Bon Jovi with $108.2 million. Among all-time North American tours, the Bon Jovi trek ranks at No. 9, Pollstar said. The Rolling Stones hold the record with $162 million from their 2005 outing. The publication has been collecting worldwide data for only two years.
The Dave Matthews Band was No. 3 in North America with $72.9 million. Buble followed with $65.7 million and the Eagles with $64.5 million. Bon Jovi's previous best performance in North America was in 2008, when the band was fifth with ticket sales of $70.4 million. The New Jersey rockers, led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, were on the ballot for inclusion in the 2011 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, but failed to make the cut. Critics have largely been dismissive of the group's catchy "soft-rock" tunes, even as the band has little problem selling out stadiums and arenas to its female-skewing fan base. Its 2009 album "The Circle" debuted at No. 1 in the United States, but ended up selling relatively poorly.