When you talk about “Life in the Fast Lane,” the Eagles wrote the book – or at least wrote the song. They were the epitome of the 1970s sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle, so it’s no wonder that Eagles drummer and vocalist Don Henley says “it’s a miracle” he’s alive and healthy today.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Don says, “I do like where I am now. I feel very comfortable in my own skin. I love my life, my family. Things are good. The Eagles have gone on longer than anybody could have ever imagined and it’s all good.”

He adds, “I’m thankful that I survived the seventies because God knows we did everything to self-destruct and a lot of my friends didn’t make it through…I’m so grateful that I have my health. It’s a miracle.”

Henley seems happy to still be touring with the Eagles. Their two-year world tour wrapped up in July but don’t expect to hear hits like “Desperado” or “One of These Nights” on his upcoming solo tour.

Coming in support of Cass County, Henley’s first solo album in 15 years, it kicks off this Saturday in Phoenix and runs through November in the U.S.

Asked what fans can expect from those shows, he tells Rolling Stone, “I can tell them they aren’t going to hear any Eagles songs. We’ve done that.” Instead, says the drummer, “I’m going to do several [songs from Cass County]. We’re just going to be ready for anything.”

Don Henley’s new album, Cass County, is loaded with a who’s who of country artists, including Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard and Mick Jagger yes, Mick Jagger.


Henley says “If you listen to the stuff The Rolling Stones recorded between 1968 and 1972, there’s country all over it.”

Mick joins Don and Miranda on the album’s opening track, a cover of Tift Merritt’s “Bramble Rose.” Jagger also plays harmonica on the song, which, as Henley tells us, was Mick’s idea.

Don who was unable to be in the LA studio when Jagger did his session, says he got a message from Mick asking if he would “fancy a little harp”? Henley’s message back was “Yes we would love some”.