American magazine and newspaper interviews with Randy Meisner and the Eagles are below. The intention for this page is for it to be a collection of interviews that are possibly new to a lot of people. More interviews will be added later.
Circus Magazine was an American magazine devoted to rock music that was published from 1966-2006. It was originally called Hullabaloo. Ed Naha interviewed the Eagles shortly after their first album was released.
The Scene is an alternative weekly newspaper and was founded in 1970. It is based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Jim Gerard interviewed Bernie Leadon for the May 16-22, 1974 issue.
The newest Eagle, Don Felder, gives his perspective on how the Eagles write songs and how the band members mesh together. Circus Raves was the sister publication of Circus magazine. It began in 1974 and by 1977 the two Circus magazines had merged together to form one biweekly magazine.
Crawdaddy was an American rock music magazine founded in 1966 by a Pennsylvania college student. The magazine was named after the Crawdaddy Club in London and published during its early years with an exclamation point, as Crawdaddy! Barbara Charone interviewed Glenn Frey and Don Henley for the April 1977 issue.
BAM magazine (Bay Area Music) is a magazine in San Francisco that was launched in 1976. Randy Meisner was featured on the cover of the Nov. 7, 1980 issue. It is no longer a printed publication, but it is a free online magazine now. Beginning in 1977 there was a yearly awards show for musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area called the Bammies. Winners were voted on by BAM’s readers. The name of the awards show was later changed to the California Music Awards.
The People Magazine interview with Randy Meisner and David Sheff took place shortly after Randy’s “One More Song” album was released.
Teen Magazine was a magazine primarily for teen girls. It was based in Santa Monica, CA and was published from 1954-2009. An interview with Randy Meisner was included in the February 1981 issue. In the same issue there was also an article about Jackson Browne.
Randy talks of his need to leave the Eagles and his desire to start a solo career in Circus Magazine. Circus was a monthly American rock music magazine published from 1966-2006. A sister publication called Circus Raves began in 1974 and by 1977 the two Circus magazines had merged together to form a biweekly magazine.
The Detroit News is a major newspaper headquartered in Detroit, MI. It was founded in 1873, and is still in business today.
American magazine and newspaper interviews with Randy Meisner and the Eagles
Circus Magazine – Sept. 1972
Interview with Ed Naha
“The Lightning Flight of the Eagles”
“We all sort of flocked around the sound that Linda was putting out. Don and I were regulars with her and Randy sat in every once in a while on bass. Bernie had backed Linda a couple of years ago and he used to show up and jam.”
The Scene newspaper – May 16-22, 1974
Interview with Jim Girard
“Getting better all the time
Bernie Leadon; from Squirrel Barkers to the Eagles”
“John Boylan got us together. They only needed a lead guitarist; Glenn Frey, Randy and Don were already ready to play. All of a sudden we got involved with David Geffen and we played the Winter of ’71 for about six months before we did the first album.”
Circus Raves Magazine – Dec. 1975
Interview with Steve Rosen
“Fishing With the Eagles For the Universal Trout”
Crawdaddy magazine – April 1977
Interview with Barbara Charone
“The Eagles Life in the Fast Lane”
BAM (Bay Area Music) magazine – Nov. 7, 1980
Randy Meisner was on the cover – Henry Diltz, photographer
Interview with Dave Zimmer
“Ex-Eagle Randy Meisner Flies High Solo”
People Magazine – Jan. 12, 1981
2-page interview with David Sheff
“Bassist-Composer Randy Meisner Courageously Bailed Out of the Eagles So That He Could Rock His Own Boat”
Teen Magazine – Feb. 1981
“An Ex-Eagle Soars Solo”
“With cuts like ‘Deep Inside My Heart’ and ‘Hearts On Fire’ topping the charts, One More Song is putting Randy center stage as a solo artist. He co-wrote the bulk of the songs with Eric Kaz and Wendy Waldman, and discovered his previously untried vocal versatility.”
Circus Magazine – Mar. 31, 1981
Interview with Philip Bashe
“Ex-Eagle soars on solo flight”
“Meisner had informed the band of his decision to leave after a show in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was, he emphasizes, no quick decision.”
“The title track to Randy Meisner’s ‘One More Song’ is about his final show as an Eagle.”
Star-Herald Newspaper – Nov. 27, 1988
2-page interview with Annette Heussmann
“Meisner back on track”
“While at Nashville, Meisner taped a week’s worth of appearances as a judge on ‘You Can Be A Star.’ The shows are set to air in April.
The experience is one Meisner says he hated and won’t do again.
‘It’s not my forte,’ he said. He didn’t like being put on the spot and having to explain to up and coming musicians why he gave them certain scores.”
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, NE) – Nov. 27, 1988
Detroit News – Mar. 1, 1990
Interview with Rex Rutkoski
“Former Eagle won’t return to the nest”
“I would have said ‘No,’ but I would have liked to have been asked, the Nebraska native says. I’d like to think I wasn’t asked because of Poco. Right now I’m happy. If I could have worked it in to do an album with the Eagles, I would have.”
“Prairie Magazine” – 1st issue
Star-Herald Newspaper – Feb. 24, 1991
6-page interview with Annette Heussmann
Cover of the Star-Herald’s new Prairie Magazine with drawing of Randy on the front and Table of Contents page
*Eight years earlier Randy and Roger Frank advertised in the Classifieds of the Star-Herald to sell some of his collection of the antique vehicles. Included in this sale ad is the green Mercury used on the cover of his 1978 solo album.
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, NE) – Apr. 24, 1983
Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, NE) – June 15, 1994
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, NE) – June 14 & Nov. 27, 1994
“No ‘Hotel California’ for him”
Grand Island Independent (Grand Island, NE) – June 15, 1994
Roger Frank comments: “I have a hard time seeing how they can do a lot of their older songs, especially ‘Take It To The Limit,’ without Randy’s high vocals being in there, he said. I mean, that song was the one that brought the people to their feet. That was their most popular concert song.”
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, NE) – June 14, 1994
“His recent band, Meisner, Rich and Swan, is keeping busy with upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Denver and Sweden.
But he’s most excited about two shows scheduled for the Oregon Trail Lounge in Gering, Jan. 10-11.”
“Randy Meisner stands in front of a wall of his music memorabilia at Applebee’s Restaurant and Grill in Scottsbluff this week.”
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, NE) – Nov. 27, 1994