Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by JELLIS, Jun 28, 2009.
One of the original Eagles.
Totally great.....from the flatlands along I-80, as I recall, thru the Ash Grove/Troubadour circuit, then Poco, too. Quite a journey.....
He wrote 'Take It to the Limit' what more can ya ask for?
I think he was a major part of the early Eagles sound .Maybe he lost some juice to the Henley/Azoff alliance ?
A lotta people thought it was corny,but I always dug the Desperado "concept" album
I dig Meisner. I dig Schmidt. I dig Leadon. I dig Really dig Felder & Walsh. Hell, I even sorta dig Stuart Smith. I even dig Henley and Frey as long as we're only talking about the music.
I really like the Eagles.
He was great with Ricky Nelson (and along with John Boylan, helped Rick take a great creative turn), a pioneer of country rock, a signature voice, solid, unheralded bass player, awesome with Poco, wrote classic tunes with the Eagles and is the best thing to come out of Scottsbluff, NE.
Big big fan. His solo records had some moments... but I don't think his heart was in it....
I think he is one of those guys that is never quite happy where he is... when he's on the road, he wants to be home, when he's home he wants to be in the studio, when he is in the studio he wants to gig... some guys are just like that....
The old youtubes of the 70's Eagles just really shine for me....
Here is a tune from his early 60's band "the Poor"... pretty cool stuff.
and here is "tryin" from 73
Personality wise...unknown, but I'm sure it must have played a factor.
Don and Glen (A-holes though they can be) dont like whiners. I'm guessing Randy (And Don Felder, obviously) had a bit of that in him, and "Life in the Fast Lane" that was the Eagles at their peak, probably brought out the worst in them all.
Went to HS in Western NE with Randy's oldest son...really dig the original Eagles...Not to interested in them after Felder was booted.
His original band the Dynamics still are playing in W NE.
...now that's wild.
Like the Dead or something [or me].
Cool there are so many guitar Boomers taking a licking and still ticking.
[We were out of orange County but even played in Scottsbluff several times in the mid-70s; waterskied Lake Mac [?] on our Sundays off.
Scottsbluff really had some decent bands coming through at that time, Wild Cherry, Heart, Los Lobo's long before they were big names. A couple of really popular bars and some even played at the drive-in....
Was lucky that my aunt thought it was cool to take her nephew who was into guitar out to see them. Probably water skied at Lake Minatare. Lake Mac would have been a 3 hour or so drive away.
Me. I saw him in London with the first iteration of The Eagles (before "Desperado" came out) they played solid for three hours, great voice great player - I came across him earlier as part of the Stone Canyon Band with Rick Nelson.......
Meis got out while the gettin' was good. Henley/Frey/Azoff have beat the goose that laid the golden egg, into submission, all the way to the bank.
Great vocals, great player. I understand he's not doing all that well health-wise.
I thoroughly enjoyed his work with The Eagles. Randy, Bernie and Don Felder, along with "The Gods" (Henley and Frey), were IMHO, The Eagles at their finest.
My feelings exactly! I saw the Eagles a couple years back and Frey sings it "OK", but it's just not the same.
Pretty much anyone who has ever heard him I would think. You ?
I saw Meisner & Henley in the same room about 8 years ago. Don does not like Randy. He did everything he could to avoid him. It was really weird.
Interesting, I grew up in North Platte, now reside in the Atlanta area. I met and played with better musicians in those small towns than I have here in a major metropolitan area.
Take it to the limit is probably one of their best tunes...
Who the hell DOES Don Henley like??
He seems like a giant ahole!!
i grew up in Mid-Nebraska. Meissner was a big inspiration to us all to make something of the music.
i met Randy at a casual party in the late 70's (he had college buddies my brother hung out with). He was cool and just happy to be there.
he left a great impression on me. his work with the Eagles was top notch stuff.