Joe Walsh: My Life in 15 Songs

Guitar legend looks back on more than 40 years of music and mayhem with James Gang, Eagles and beyond

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"In the City" (1979)

I did junior high school in Queens and high school in New Jersey. But I lived in Santa Barbara for about four or five years and I met a guy there named Barry De Vorzon. He was working on this movie called The Warriors, and he explained to me that it was about gangs in New York. Would I do a song for it? Sure. He and I came up with the words after reading the screenplay.

That movie still has a cult following. Shaquille O'Neal once told me it was his favorite film ever. But when it first came out it didn't really get any recognition, and the song was just on the album. But Don and Glenn thought it could be a brilliant Eagles song, too. They said, "Well, look, let's redo it and give it the recognition it deserves." So we did [for the 1979 Eagles album The Long Run].

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