By: Gary Graff
The Eagles are planning a thorough celebration for their upcoming The History of the Eagles Tour, according to guitarist Joe Walsh.
The trek -- ostensibly supporting "The History of the Eagles" documentary that comes out April 30 -- begins July 6 in Louisville and will continue intermittently throughout the year, and Walsh tells us it will be a show unlike any the group has performed before:
"We're building a whole new stage, lights, sound, visuals, set list, gonna revisit a lot of old songs and kind of do a whole new tour based on the documentary...It'll be quite an evening. We have a big-screen projection, of course, and we're gonna show a lot of footage and stuff we've had on the shelf for a long time that nobody's ever seen. We're gonna put all that together. That's gonna start in June. It'll take a month to put it together, and in July we're gonna start playing."
The show will feature the Eagles in various permutations on stage, and co-founder Bernie Leadon, who Walsh replaced in 1975, is slated to be a special guest to play songs from the Eagles' early years.
"Bernie's gonna come out. Don (Henley) and Glenn (Frey) and Bernie are maybe gonna do some acoustic stuff. Bernie's brilliant. He's a great guitar player. I never really got a chance to play with him 'cause I kinda replaced him, but we've been in contact. We see him from time to time, and I'm really glad he's coming...because it's gonna take the whole show up a notch, and I'm really looking forward to playing with him, finally."
Walsh is currently playing solo dates opening for Bob Seger to support his 2012 album "Analog Man," and he's started work on what he calls a blues album with an all-star band that includes Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Keb' Mo' and others.
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