He went on to say, “Another inspiration for the song was the roommate of a girl I was seeing in the early 1970’s. All things occult were popular in those days. Ouija boards, seances, palm reading, etc. A lot of the girls were into what was called ‘white witchcraft,’ that is, they were practitioners of folk magic for benevolent purposes, as distinguished from malevolent witchcraft or black magic. I think some of them practiced a little of both. I thought it was charming and seductive, but I never took any of it seriously. For the most part, it was just a phase people were passing through, part of the overall youth movement and the quest for spirituality, which included a re-enchantment with the ‘old ways.’ It was harmless fun.”
- Henley added yet another source for the “Witchy Woman” lyrics: “Another inspiration for that song may have been the shamanistic aspects of the Carlos Castaneda books we were intrigued with at the time. In the late-’60s and early-’70s, the Peruvian-born Castaneda became a popular American author while earning his Ph.D. at UCLA.
- Guitarist Bernie Leadon recalled collaborating with Don Henley on “Witchy Woman,” which peaked at Number Nine and was one of the highlights of the Eagles’ 1972 self-titled debut:[“I don’t know, it’s sorta Chinese (sounding). And then Henley put that tom-tom beat to it. I conceived all the sections of ‘Witchy Woman’ as a guitar instrumental — and then Henley wrote the words to it.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . words to it)
- Don Henley will next perform on June 20th in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Don Henley North American tour dates (subject to change):
July 13 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
July 15 – Calgary, AB – Oxford Stomp at Fort Calgary Historic Park
July 17 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
July 19, 20 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 23 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley
July 24 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
July 26 – Paso Robles, CA – California Mid-State Fair Grandstand
August 10 – Bethlehem, PA – Bethlehem Musikfest
August 12 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
August 14, 15 – Highland Park, IL – The Pavillion At Ravinia Park
August 17 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
August 19 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
August 20 – Rochester, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
August 21 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
August 23 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion At Riverbend
August 25 – Saint Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
September 7, 8 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center At Wolf Trap
September 10 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
September 14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
September 16 – Gilford, NH – Bank Of NH Pavilion
September 17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
September 20 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Amphitheater At Coney Island Boardwalk
- Don Henley‘s latest album, Cass County, marks the Eagles co-founder’s highest charting solo set to date.
- Cass County debuted on the Billboard 200 album charts at Number Three — a full four spots higher than his last album, 2000’s Inside Job.
- In addition to that, Cass County debuted at Number One on Billboard‘s Top Album Sales and Top Country Albums charts marking the first chart-topping album of Henley’s solo career, selling more than 87,000 units in its first week of release.
- Since originally parting ways with the Eagles in 1980, Don Henley has scored eight Top 40 hits — including the Top Tens: “Leather And Lace” – with Stevie Nicks (#6), “Dirty Laundry (#3), “The Boys Of Summer (#5), “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” (#9), and “The End Of The Innocence” (#8).