The Eagles’ song “The Long Run” opens with a memorable bouncy bass and guitar melody, begins as an innocent enough single, and apparently tells the story of an everyday relationship that went wrong. As the track progresses, the lines reveal the group’s internal struggle at the end of the 1970s. Some of that conflict includes struggles for fame and temptation, as well as the beginning of turbulent and changing times in the music industry.
The opening words alone indicate the band’s frustration, with the last phrase being a direct message to the group to name it: It was time to quit / I couldn’t go on like this.
The band rose to fame after their 1976 hit “Hotel California,” and with it came the rock ‘n’ roll “Live Fast Die Young” lifestyle of the 1970s, according to founding member Glenn Fry. does not depend on in 1992.
“We’ve been living this lifestyle of limousines, private jets, first-class hotels, people doing what I told them,” Fry said. “Plus, Henley and I developed drug habits, which didn’t help. Going to the studio was like going to school — I simply didn’t want to go.”
Afraid of the resounding success of their previous album, The long-term It was the album that the team took three years to write. The Eagles even intended it to be a double album, but they came to a full-length single disc.
“The album was excruciatingly distressing,” Henley said. traditional rock music In 2020. “We were fighting all the time about songs and massive fights over one word — for days on end. That record took three years and cost $800,000, and we were exhausted.”
“The Long Run” was the second of three songs released from the album of the same name. It was preceded by “Heartache Tonight”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979.
A year later, the group’s deviation was what some called a self-fulfilling prophecy when it disbanded in 1980. While they were eventually reunited in 1994, tensions to maintain the same early success they received from “Hotel California” led to widespread criticism. the range.
Famous music critic William Ruhlman said the album and lead track were a “big disappointment” by comparison. “impressive, The long-term It was reportedly planned as a double album before it was cut to a single disc. If these were the guards, how could the sound of disapproval be? ” He said.
The music industry underwent massive changes towards the end of the decade, and genres rose to the fore, with punk, synthpop, and other genres dominating the charts. Circulate the style of the ’70s swagger and the attitude of rock ‘n’ roll in the ’80s. The Eagles quickly began to worry about finding themselves in the discarded chests of the hot releases.
group said rolling rock in 2016 that the song was written in part to respond to these comments and to chronicle the changing music scene.
People are talking about us
They have nothing else to do
“We started seeing newspaper articles about how we passed,” Henley said.
While the group received criticism for the album, the song became one of the Eagles’ Top 10 singles, becoming certified platinum within a year of release. The album itself was certified 7× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in the following years and has since sold over eight million copies in the United States.
The Eagles remain among the 20 best selling artists of all time worldwide.
Who will do it?
We’ll find out in the long run
The Eagles recently expanded their Hotel California 2022 tour which will feature a full performance of “Hotel California,” with an orchestra and accompaniment choir. The extension doubled the number of dates in North America, which now includes an appearance in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets are on sale starting January 14th for extended dates.
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