Don Henley Opens Up About ‘The History of the Eagles’ at Sundance

From Rolling Stone:

Rolling Stone sat down with Don Henley on the eve of the film’s Sundance debut. He talked about why they finally made the film (someone might die), what type of movie he wanted to see (an honest one) and how his band mates still drive him nuts (but he’s learned to live with it).

What’s your relationship with the band like after making this film? Did it smooth over any rough patches?
Well, we’ve been back together since ’94, we tour every year in some country. We don’t necessarily tour in the United States all the time. We’ve been to China in the last couple of years, you know, South Africa. We’ve just all grown up a lot. We all have kids now, we’re much more tolerant of each other and we accept each other for who we are, and our eccentricities and our quirks, and we still get mad. They still piss me off all the time.

What will long-time Eagles fans learn from the film that they didn’t know before?
That a rock & roll band, even though it may be a creative entity, is also a business. And we became pretty good businessmen, and you have to in order to keep from getting screwed by the record companies, and now the internet service providers and all the digital people, and you have to be a grownup at some level. You can’t just leave it to the managers and the lawyers, you have to know what you are doing. It’s wonderful just to be very childlike and skip through the daisies and write your little songs and play your little guitar, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s a hard-ass business. It’s mean, it’s nasty, it’s dishonest, so we learned a lot about that.

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