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Monday, November 26, 2007

Is it cold in here or is it just the Eagles on '60 Minutes'?

Did you catch that much-hyped "rare interview'' with the Eagles on "60 Minutes'' Sunday night? Brrrr. And you thought it looked cold at Soldier Field for the Broncos-Bears game that went into OT and pushed back the CBS news mag.

No wonder the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers never make the talk-show rounds and wait 28 years between studio albums. They apparently aren't BFFs.

Getting Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh in the same room to talk about making their new album, "Long Road Out of Eden,'' didn't quite have the same effervescent quality as say getting Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon together to chat up "Ocean's Twelve.''

There was NO joking around, and spontaneous interaction was nearly nonexistent. When Frey and Henley were asked specifically about their friendship (or lack of) by correspondent Steve Kroft, well, let's just say "Peaceful Easy Feeling'' isn't the first song that came to mind.

Frey came off as having the healthiest ego, although his ability to answer the question about the Eagles' enduring popularity by reciting seemingly every one of the group's hits was impressive. Schmit, as usual, was the quiet one. Walsh is still the "cool dude,'' but his camera time was minimal. Henley, of course, was prickly, delivering the best quote of the interview: "I'm proud of the (new) album. I'm glad we did it, and if we never make another one that'll be fine, too.''

In other words, don't hold your breath for the follow-up to "Eden,'' which has already gone platinum.

Still, it was an interview worthy of double viewing on the TiVo -- once to hear what they said and once to see what they said via body language (Henley gets the prize for being the least subtle). It was fascinating TV in that way. For all the overexposed pop tarts, fake celebs and blowhard rappers out there, there was something refreshingly honest about seeing four guys pushing 60 -- owners of the best-selling album in history -- noticeably uncomfortable in an interview and unwilling to give pat answers just for the sake of the cameras.

But the really amazing part? That four guys who can seemingly have such little chemistry together as people can make such great, great music together as a band.

-- Kendra Meinert,



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