While some people have reacted to the Eagles/Wal-Mart deal with disdain, Henley is quick to point out that Wal-Mart is no more an ethically suspect corporate behemoth than most major record labels – and one with greater reach and deeper pockets. After satisfying themselves that Wal-Mart had a solid plan in place to improve its grim record on employee rights and reduce the superchain’s environmental footprint, Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit signed a one-album contract. “Long Road Out of Eden,” available only at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and the band’s website, will be priced at $11.88 – a bargain for a two-disc, 20-song collection – and Wal-Mart is paying a royalty rate to the band that’s significantly higher than the 18 to 20 percent record labels typically offer a top-level artist. [Emphasis added]
I’ve written this before: I’ll believe it when I see it. [By the way, where is that great new blog by people "who have really cool jobs working with gadgets, wine, sustainability, fashion and more" that Edelman was promising a few weeks back?] But don’t worry, we won’t have the Eagles to kick around much longer:
When that day comes, the Eagles won’t be around to enjoy it. “The curtain falls/ I take my bow/ That’s how it’s meant to be/ It’s your world now,” are the last words on the album’s closing track – a fond farewell, Henley says, from the band to its fans. Henley believes that this will be the last Eagles album. The band will tour to support this album but won’t hit the road until next summer at the earliest. Henley concedes that after several sometimes contentious years in the studio, they’re all ready to get away from each other for a while.
“We’re feeling our age, and we didn’t just want to be an oldies band,” he explains of the decision to make this record at all. “We’ve been concerned about exiting gracefully and this album gives us the opportunity to do that. ‘It’s Your World Now’ is a passing of the torch song that contains two of the most important lines on the record: ‘Be part of something good/ Leave something good behind.’
If Don really believed that he could have quit after the “Hell Freezes Over Tour” now, couldn’t have he?