One of the greatest voices in rock history, Don Henley, is certainly no stranger to Atlantic City. Whether as a solo artist or member of the Eagles — one of the most successful rock bands in history — Henley has made numerous apperances in the resort.
Coming off a sold-out Labor Day weekend performance at Revel, Henley returns to the casino resort 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to show off his solo side, including hits that include “Dirty Laundry,” “Heart of the Matter,” “Boys of Summer,” “The End of the Innocence” and “All She Wants to Do is Dance.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he may dust off some oldies, and he will definitely treat the fans to some of his favorites Eagles tunes at Revel, showing why he is one of the most critically celebrated and popular singer/songwriters of all time. Always eclectic musically, Henley has experimented in nearly every style of music including country, folk, R&B, rock and pop.
Henley took the time to answer some questions via email about what you can expect from him at Revel this weekend, as well as in the future.
Q: Don, Atlantic City has become quite a regular stop for you as a solo artist and member of the Eagles. Do you have any opinions about Atlantic City and the fans here? They sure do seem to appreciate when you come.
A: We’ve always had great fan support in New Jersey, going all the way back to the early ’70s when we did some of our very first gigs at the Capitol Theater up in Passaic. Atlantic City has grown and changed a lot since those days and it’s become a very important stop for artists of all kinds.
People come here from Philly, Baltimore, D.C., New York and everywhere in between. I’m always happy to play Atlantic City because I know I’m going to get a great, responsive audience.
Q: You last appeared here this summer with the Eagles at Revel and are now returning solo. What differences can the audience expect between the two shows and is there any crossover?
A: Well, when it’s just me, (so) I obviously do more of my solo material, but I do Eagles stuff, too. It’s a nice combo plate. I have a great band; they can play anything.
Q: Personally, is performing solo more rewarding to you at this point than when you are with the Eagles?
A: I enjoy both experiences. I feel fortunate to have the options. It keeps things from getting stale. I can do things in my solo work that I can’t do in the Eagles, and vice-versa.
Q: Will fans hear anything new or different on this solo tour? Do you have any plans for new solo material?
A: I’m thinking about dusting off some songs that I haven’t done in awhile. I have a brand new solo album coming out in May. I’ve been working on it for the past three years. It’s a bit of a departure for me, so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s received.
Q: Can you elaborate on the History of the Eagles tour that will take place this summer. You previously mentioned it will involve past members of the band. Who? Any chance of a new album with the reunited band?
A: (Guitarist) Bernie Leadon is the only ex-member we’re considering at the moment. There has been no talk of another Eagles album, but you never know. We’ll see how the tour goes.