Don Henley Takes Aim at Kanye West, Frank Ocean + Rude Fans
Don Henley hasn't forgiven Frank Ocean for using the Eagles' "Hotel California" without authorization on a 2012 mixtape. In a new interview, he took aim at the R&B singer, saying that Ocean's hip status didn't faze him when it comes to the violation of his copyrights. And, for good measure, he also had some words to say about Kanye West and disrespectful fans.
“I didn’t think he was cool,” he told the Guardian. “I thought he was a talentless little prick. And I still do.”
Then, at the reporter's prodding, he said that not even the megastar West could have gotten away with using an uncleared sample of his work.
“I don’t like him, either,” he continued. "He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”
Elsewhere, Henley expanded on words he said yesterday on the death of common courtesy, saying that it extends to meeting fans in public. "I don’t mind signing things if people approach me in a respectful manner," he noted, "but if they come rushing up and start jumping and screaming and making a scene [...] [a]s long as their voices are low, then I will accommodate them."
He reserves his ire for fans whom he says are “rude or loud, drunk or obnoxious,” adding that “Once in a while, I’ll tell somebody to f--- off [...] It’s all about timing, and basic manners. I was brought up in the South, where we were taught to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’. I still say ‘Sir’ to men who are older than me; my son calls me ‘Sir’ sometimes.”
However, he has an ace in the hole for those times when he wants to dine out while on tour but, like Hollywood legend Great Garbo, wants to be alone. “Sometimes I send Tony, my road manager, in in advance to say, ‘Mr. Henley would like to come in, and could he please have a table at the back away from the rest of the patrons so that he doesn’t get disturbed?’”
Don Henley's new album, Cass County, was released Sept. 25.
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