MUSIC NEWS - While we were recently spending time with Timothy B Schmit's (Eagles, Poco) 2009 solo release, Expando, we have news that fellow EAGLE member, Joe Walsh plans his next solo album for 2011. It'll mark his first in nearly 18 years, since 1992's "Songs for a Dying Planet". The new work is yet to get a title, but he's been working on the album with Jeff Lynne, who's produced half of the songs.
“I’ve been working on it for a long time during the Eagles downtime,” Joe recently told Australia's undercover.fm while on tour with the EAGLES. “I’ve got new stuff after about 18 years that I haven’t done an album. I really like it. It’s Rock and Roll and its new songs. Hopefully it will get out April/May.”
Joe's reason for the lengthy delay?; “I finally got sober in 1994 and I had to learn actually to write and play and do everything sober,” he says. “I just didn’t write for quite a while. Also the Eagles have really been busy. During downtime I can work on doing an album and I just decided that however long it took would be okay. Its nice to do one because I want to and not because I have to and I’m really happy with it”.
After his track record of intriguing album titles (‘You Bought It, You Name It’, ‘The Smoker You Are The Player You Get’ and ‘You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind’), the pressure is on for the new one. When asked, he says; “I got a couple of them. I wish I had some funny ones for you so I guess I don’t have a title,”. “I went to this Whole Foods Market and the bags that they put the food in, it’s all recycled. On the side of the bag it says, “I used to be a plastic bottle”. And I thought that's a brilliant title. This may be a green album titled “I Used To Be A Plastic Bottle”.
With their Australian tour wrapped up, you can see the EAGLES live in Asia in February and March of 2011 (itinerary below).