Don Henley In The Studio For The End Of The Innocence Anniversary
When the Eagles flew the coop in 1981, the members went their own ways for thirteen long years. Don Henley released his first solo album I Can't Stand Still in 1982 with the hit "Dirty Laundry", and then in 1984 he released Building the Perfect Beast which would go on to sell more than 4 million copies while garnering a Grammy Award.
Don Henley was not quick to repeat that success, waiting a full five years before releasing, The End of the Innocence in the Summer of 1989, an album written in search of heroes and coming to grips with imperfect relationships. The album would score three Top 40 hits, "The Last Worthless Evening", "The Heart of the Matter" and the title track "The End of the Innocence", selling over six million domestically while winning another Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Don Henley shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the difference between being in a group and being a solo artist. "In a group like the Eagles you have to bow to the group as a whole...Now I'm totally responsible for everything that's on that record. In a way that's frightening, but on the other hand it's very freeing. I can do whatever I want and I don't mind taking the rap for it. People will know what my personality is by the songs that I write." Stream the episode here.