In August of 2000 I had the pleasure of talking to former Eagles member Randy Meisner. I have the audio (at last) from that day and here is part one of our chat. Randy talks about joining Poco, leaving unsatisfied and hooking up with Linda Ronstadt and eventually forming the eagles with Don, Glenn and Bernie.
We asked Randy if he gets irked by autograph seekers?
Randy – No, it is like part of your gig. They are the fans and they are the ones that make you. When I was with the Eagles like in Japan I remember these people would come up and they would want autographs and so they would have an album sitting out. (Laughing) I would go to sign it and they would have about twelve of them layered so it looked like one. It was like ‘kachunk’ like a little shutter thing and could I sign this too. (Laughing) I would just stand there signing all night and I would sign every one of them. You know there were all these people who came and wanted my autograph and I really appreciated that because they are fans and that is what makes us!
John – Well, that is a good attitude but I have to say I only hear that half the time. What I hear a lot of is, “Why won’t these people leave me alone!” Some of the people I have talked to are almost bitter and angry at their own fame. When you and I were growing up, especially in the era we grew up in, we all wanted to be rock stars. Of course that came to fruition for you.
Randy – Yeah, it is like a dream. I can tell you this every week I get about two or three letters from young kids all over the U.S. and all they want is an autographed picture. It is amazing and I don’t know if their parents tell them to do it but The Eagles played so many gigs that we have seen kids fifteen and sixteen years old singing all the lyrics. It just really makes you feel good and that they are appreciating what I did and the work we do.
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.