What's up with dissing Don Henley?

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  1. jkauff

    jkauff Putin-funded Forum Troll Thread Starter

    Doylestown, PA
    My wife told me today she was listening to WXPN in Philly, and they were doing some sort of feature on artists from Texas. Don Henley was mentioned, and someone commented "Maybe he should have stayed in Texas", followed by some listener comments dissing Mr. Henley. She asked me why.

    I didn't have an answer. I'm used to hearing artists like Sting dissed for attitude, activism, MOR success, etc., but I don't know why Don Henley is a target. Other than Mojo Nixon's "Don Henley Must Die", of course.

    Any info and/or opinions?
  2. Mikey Ramone

    Mikey Ramone New Member

    Saint Paul
    probably either cause he's a dem and you were listening to a consv radio show, or because of that "after the boys of summer" song. can't say i care though, never was a big eagles fan. although hotel california kind of rocks (the song, not the album so much).
  3. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    I wonder what Robert Christgau thinks of Don Henley?
  4. tspit74

    tspit74 Forum Resident

    Woodridge, IL, USA
    He's considered a curmudgeon of the highest order who cares only about suing people and perpetuating his own wealth.

    Personally, I think he's very talented and has a golden voice. He's just supposed to be a brooding jerk. I've never met him so I can't say for sure.
  5. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    A friend of mine likes his music, but will no longer play it because he is an active member of a wildlife organization based in Colorado that tried to sue the Army in order to shut down the military base here. Stevie Nicks is supposed to be a member of it too. I wish I could remember the name of the organization.

    Some people don't like Henley's social commentary in his song lyrics.

    Some people remember that in the 80s, he had an "incident" with a teenager on quaaludes, and "parties" with teenage prostitutes, all documented by the news media.
  6. Dansk

    Dansk Active Member

    Ontario, Canada
    I've never heard a nice word out of his mouth, and he always looks sour and unpleasant. He's fine as an artist, but by reputation he's not a terribly good person.
  7. Grant

    Grant A Musical Free-Spirit

    :shh:We're not supposed to talk about politics here.
  8. ashulman

    ashulman Forum Resident

    Utica, NY
    He comes across a bit pompous and bitter doesn't he? Did he write the lyrics to Life in the Fast Lane? Jeez just listen to that song. Hotel California? Someone in that band had a pretty dim view of humanity.
  9. townsend

    townsend Forum Resident

    Plano, Texas U.S.
    Wasn't he interviewed on Sixty Minutes in the last year and, as you say, he looked sour and unpleasant?

    I've gotten the impression he is a control freak. Can anyone substantiate that? And do some blame him for breaking up the Eagles, or at least for running off some of the Eagles, such as Don Felder?
  10. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    In spite of being an activist, he's an ***.
  11. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    IIRC he was pushing for royalty payments on the sale of used albums and discs. Also the Eagles under his direction were the first to break the $100 per ticket barrier.

    Thanks Don.
  12. eelkiller

    eelkiller Technically right but still wrong

    That is what brought about the song Dirty Laundry I assume??
  13. eelkiller

    eelkiller Technically right but still wrong

    Good question :laugh:

    I Can't Stand Still [Asylum, 1982] B+
    Building the Perfect Beast [Geffen, 1984] B
    The End of the Innocence [Geffen, 1989] C+
    Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits [Geffen, 1995] Bomb
    Inside Job [Warner Bros., 2000] C-
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  14. I remember that. It was pretty shocking at the time to have a face value that high.

  15. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    From what Felder says in his book, it seems more likely Glenn Frey was the catalyst in getting him removed from the band, though Henley certainly supported it and ultimately the decision was more about money than personality conflicts.
  16. Beattles

    Beattles Forum Resident

    Florence, SC
    Ask Rusty Young from Poco.
  17. Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits Just Another Compilation

    I don't have any problem with Don despite many stories I've heard involving greed.

    The fact is he hass used his money to help conserve a great deal of the beautiful Walden Woods.

    Oh yeah... and he's got some good tunes under his belt.
  18. Yeah it seems like Felder had a pretty good relationship at times with Henley but that his major conflict with with Frey.
  19. Henley may not be the nicest guy in the world but he's a terrific artist and has a golden voice.
  20. Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits Just Another Compilation

    Which is funny because to me, Frey always came off as the "nice guy" to me while Don seemed to be a little ticked off all the time.

    Oh, I do miss Don Felder in the Eagles line up.
  21. Personality and good or bad deeds aside, which I know nothing of, I'm not a big fan of his voice or lyrics but I do try very hard to refrain from 'dissing' those who I do not enjoy.
  22. houston

    houston Forum Resident

    Dallas, Texas, USA
    the "incident" I recall was a party involving drugs, where a 16-year old was running naked in Don's house as the police busted the party; however, Don was not there, and while it was his house, he didn't reside there; and Don is almost radical in his politics, and has performed free shows for leftist political candidates, as fundraisers...so, in short, he rubs a lot of people the wrong way :cool:
  23. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    In Felder's book both Frey and Henley come off as greedy, manipulative assses. Randy Meisner was apparently the only nice guy in the Eagles. The band comes across as a miserable uptight bunch of guys who hated each other from day one and largely didn't even enjoy what they were doing.
  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I like his solo work...not interested in his personal life...

    he entertains me so he is doing what he's paid for...
  25. Harry Krishner

    Harry Krishner Well-Known Member

    As Don Henley & Co. once sang, "Get Over It".
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