‘It’s been just incredible’: The Eagles’ Don Henley notes deep-cut confusion among surge of new fans

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An in-depth 2013 documentary on the Eagles’ lengthy career, followed by the similarly named History of the Eagles retrospective tour, has served as a magnet for fresh faces.

“The documentary has been an amazing phenomenon for us in terms of generating new interest,” Henley tells the Boston Globe. “We were doing all right before the documentary came out but, since it came out, it’s been just incredible. And it’s still being broadcast periodically, and it’s still having a ripple.”

Of course, bringing in fans of latter-day generations doesn’t necessarily translate into experienced listeners. As the Eagles have delved deeper into a discography that stretches back into the early 1970s, a few have been left scratching their heads.

“Some people don’t really recognize a couple of the early songs, even though they were on the early albums — like [the returning Bernie Leadon’s] ‘Train Leaves Here This Morning,'” the stalwart drummer adds. “You can sort of tell that half the audience came to the party a little bit later. [Laughs.] But people have been very respectful and engaged when we talk about the early days of the band.”

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