Fresh off the release of his first studio album in 20 years, Analog Man, Joe Walsh called in to the Karlson & McKenzie show on WZLX to talk about the new LP and what The Eagles have in store for their 40th anniversary next year.
Walsh talked about the 1977 single “Rocky Mountain Way,” which he admitted he wrote while mowing his lawn after he moved to Colorado. He initially had regrets about quitting the James Gang in the 1970s and moving to the Rockies, but in the moment of mowing he saw the Rocky Mountain range, he froze and thought “no regrets,” and the words came flowing from there.
Unfortunately, though, as he stood still the mower kept going and trashed his neighbor’s vegetable garden, which drew laughs from K&M.
When asked about the differences making an album sober versus his messed-up state in the ’70s, Walsh noted that he created Analog Man during the daytime rather than at night, and also that “there was no party.”
“I’ve learned how to live sober,” said Walsh, who has been sober for 18 years.
K&M played the Analog Man track “Lucky That Way,” which finds Walsh reflecting on where he finds himself nowadays, healthy and happily married living in California. The track contains drums from Walsh’s famous brother-in-law, former Beatle Ringo Starr.
According to Walsh, Starr has been a major positive influence on his personal life.
“He’s like a big brother I never had,” he said of Starr. “His wisdom and insight has been invaluable in my life.”
Starr appears as a guest on Analog Man to return Walsh’s favor of appearing on his last solo record.
When asked about the status of the Eagles, Walsh told K&M about the Eagles’ big plans for next year’s 40th anniversary. It is expected to include a retrospective documentary about the band’s career and a world tour.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Walsh on Karlson & McKenzie below. Analog Man is now available via Fantasy Records.