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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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The Eagles, "Life in the Fast Lane" (1976)

We were looking for input from me – Joe Walsh, rocker – that could be the foundation for an Eagles song. We had a couple false starts on stuff and hadn't really found anything. But one night I was in my dressing room getting ready for a show, and I had this one lick I'd play over and over as part of warming up. Because it's really a hard lick to play. And that's "Life in the Fast Lane." And [Don] Henley came in and said, "What the hell is that?" He went and got Glenn [Frey] and I played it for them. They said, "Is that yours?" And I said, "Yeah." And they said, "Well, there's our Joe Walsh Eagles song!" Don and Glenn, but mostly Don, put the words together, and Glenn kind of arranged it. And there it was. So it's a Walsh/Henley/Frey tune, and I'm really proud of it.

Glenn was such a great musician, but if there's anything I remember most about him, it's his friendship. He helped me in a lot of ways. He helped me sing better, but he also helped me with matters pertaining to how to live. I just miss Glenn.

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