Joe Walsh talks about the digital-age theme of Analog Man, and working with Jeff Lynne

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Joe Walsh goes in depth on his long-awaited new 2012 solo recording Analog Man, exploring its digital-age theme and what it was like to work with producer Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame.

“The digital thing is just kind of theme that I touch on,” Walsh says in the video, attached below. “There’s two worlds now, and one is virtual — and those of us from the analog age have had to make some adjustments.”

Walsh also welcomes Lynne on stage for a spirited version of the forthcoming album’s title track. “Jeff Lynne, he’s an analog guy, too,” Walsh says. “I was asking him what he thought. He took my project in a direction that I can’t even comprehend. He sees the big picture — what it’s going to be when it’s finished. Having somebody on board like that, to steer me in the right direction, is such a blessing.”

Analog Man, due June 5, is Walsh’s first solo album since 1992’s Songs for a Dying Planet. The project features brother-in-law Ringo Starr, just a few months after the two collaborated on the former Beatle drummer’s Ringo 2012.

Always quick with a joke, Walsh opens with this new video with his own winking introduction: “Do you know my name? I don’t!”

Here’s a quick bio reminder, Joe: You were a member of the James Gang from 1968-71, and have been with the Eagles since 1975. You reached the Top 40 with 1973’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” 1978’s “Life’s Been Good” and 1981’s “A Life of Illusion” as a solo artist. Among your most notable moments with the Eagles are “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Pretty Maids All in a Row,” both from 1976’s Hotel California, and “In the City” — originally included on “The Warriors” soundtrack, and later rerecorded by for The Long Run.

A link to preorder Analog Man is included below.

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on Joe Walsh, the Eagles and Ringo Starr. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

SOMETHING ELSE! SNEAK PEEK: JOE WALSH, “ANALOG MAN” (2012): Joe Walsh returns with a suitable cranky old-man track — after all, the longtime Eagles guitarist turns 65 this year. “What’s wrong with vinyl,?” Walsh sings, “I think it sounds great! That’s just the way I am. I’m an analog man.” Elsewhere he bitches about cable and commercials, the Internet, violence in the media, Mp3s, email spam and — elsewhere, we’re sure — kids on his front lawn, all over a greasy guitar signature that recalls rock-radio favorites like “Rocky Mountain Way,” from 1973’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get.

GIMME FIVE: RINGO STARR SINGING SONGS BY THE OTHER BEATLES: As with the decades-old hit solo album for which it’s named, Starr’s Ringo 2012 includes an array of name guest stars. Unfortunately, unlike 1973’s Ringo, none of those friendly assists come from his fellow ex-Beatles. Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are fine, and all. But the truth is, the combination of Starr and material written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison has provided Ringo with many (some might say most) of his career highlights. Here’s our take on the Top 5 — with five more honorable mentions.

FRANK OCEAN ON POSSIBLE LAWSUIT BY EAGLES’ DON HENLEY: AIN’T THIS GUY RICH AS FUCK?: In the wake of a rumored threat from Don Henley to sue over sampling the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” R&B singer Frank Ocean took to the Internet to plead his case: “Shit’s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as fuck? Why sue the new guy?” The Eagles have accused the Odd Future rapper of lifting “the whole master track” for Ocean’s new tune “American Wedding” from their original hit 1976 song. “This is not creative … it’s illegal,” an Eagles spokesman said in a statement. “American Wedding” was included on a free mixtape called Nostalgia. Ocean said that because he never sold the track, it could be seen as a way of paying tribute to the band: “I didn’t make a dime off that song,” Ocean said. “I released it for free. If anything I’m paying homage.”

GIMME FIVE: SONGS WHERE THE EAGLES, WELL, SUCKED: The Eagles have been rightly praised for their canny combining of Glenn Frey’s city-slicker R&B with Don Henley’s country-fried rockabilly. Fans responded by sending every one of their albums to platinum status, including the 16-times smash Hotel California in 1976 and its seven-times platinum follow ups The Long Run and Long Road Out of Eden, from 1979 and 2007 respectively. That said, some of their work simply can’t be received with the best of our love. Over time, the Eagles seemed to settle into imitating their past successes, even as they slowly erased much of their rootsier early sound — not to mention Bernie Leadon. Then there was Henley’s growing voice in the band, if only because he’s always had a tendency toward pedantic, blissfully unaware fingerpointing. Which compelled us to start a list of the five worst offenders.

Announced Joe Walsh 2012 solo tour dates, so far:
May 17 – Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 18 – Winnie, TX, Nutty Jerry’s, Winnie Arena
May 19 – Richardson, TX, Wildflower Festival
June 30 – Naperville, IL, Ribfest
July 3 – Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
July 14 – Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
August 1 – Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 3 – Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
August 10 – Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
August 19 – Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens Events Center
August 30 – Tulalip, WA, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre

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