This year will prove to be a big one for the members of the Eagles, but it’s likely to have little to do with the legendary rockers. Eagles guitarists Joe Walsh and Glenn Fry will debut their respective solo albums this spring – the first solo record for each in nearly 20 years – and Fry told Rolling Stone that the Eagles will likely hold off until 2013 for a massive retrospective tour.
While this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Eagles’ self-titled debut (though the band was actually formed in 1971, not ’72), Frey called 2012 “more of a planning year for us.”
But Walsh, whose Analog Man album drops June 5, has been more vocal about plans for a tour that plays out chronologically and incorporates archival video of the Eagles. Frey’s response: “I could see us doing that. I just don’t see us doing that this year.”
“We just do one year at a time with the band. It seems to be the best way to take everybody’s temperature and see what we’re up for doing each year,” Frey continued. “It just didn’t fall that we were going to be doing some big 40th anniversary tour – it may be better to sweep that 40 number under the carpet. People will look at the map and they’ll figure out that we’re really, really old. The Stones are doing the 50th, and the Beach Boys. So maybe we should stay out of that.”
But fret not, Eagles fans. The band does have a promising two-DVD documentary on the history of the Eagles in the works, which is being helmed by Oscar-winning documentary director Alex Gibney (also behind Taxi to the Dark Side, Smartest Guys in the Room). Fry seems more confident that a big tour will happen once the documentary is released (no word on when), even suggesting that they might call it the “History of the Eagles” Tour. He adds that there’s “a couple of other things I can’t actually talk about” in the pipeline for the Eagles, so perhaps a follow-up to 2007′s “Long Road Out Of Eden” is in the works.
In the meantime, the Eagles – perpetual “road dogs” – continue to hit the road for a handful of shows, most of which are in South Africa and Dubai. “That’s been sort of our goal now – at least once a year, go to a place where we haven’t played,” Frey said. The band will perform at this May’s New Orleans Jazz Fest (headlining May 5) and also play gigs in Atlanta and Las Vegas this spring.
Frey will also play dates in support of his new covers album of classic love songs, titled After Hours (out May 8), and will incorporate Eagles classics along with solo work on the brief tour.