The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit Talks Early Influences, Upcoming Solo Tour
The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit is ready to bring you some of the band's classic songs -- plus some from his country-rock alma mater Poco -- on a nearly-month-long U.S. fall tour that kicks off Nov. 25 in Phoenix.
The bassist is hitting the road in support of his fifth solo album, 'Expando,' which features guests ranging from the Blind Boys of Alabama to Kid Rock. But just because he's touring behind that album doesn't mean he won't mix it up on stage. Credit Schmit's early love for all sorts of music for what promises to be a multi-textured setlist.
"The first record I bought was an Elvis record when I was 10. I mean there was Elvis, Bobby Darin, the Everly Brothers, the Del Vikings, Little Richard, and the list could go on and on," he says of his earliest influences. "Later on, I was into folk music. A bit more on the commercial side such as the Kingston Trio. They were a huge part of my life. I would call them my first Beatles."
"Then, I picked up electric instruments and at the time I was listening to a lot of surf music as well as anything on the radio, a lot of R&B," he continues. "The Beach Boys and the whole British thing after that, the Beatles, the [Rolling Stones] and that whole scene."
Although Schmit has all positive remarks about his time in the Eagles, Poco and other bands, he enjoys the freedom that leading his own group affords him.
"Actually, this is my thing, so I have been putting it together," he said of the setlist. "It’s been interesting, because it’s different for me to be the alpha dog, although it’s very much a group effort when we’re on stage. But I make the decisions and the set list. I do a few things from Poco and I do a few things from The Eagles. And I’m still considering a couple of other songs."
And why not? When talking about his best concert experience, top on his list is a show the Eagles played almost three decades ago.
"When I was first part of The Eagles, we did Giants Stadium in 1980. We were playing in front of 60,000 people, a huge event. After the show, we ran into New Jersey State police cars and were whisked across the parking lot to waiting helicopters," he said. "As we hovered over the stadium, all of the people were still there and cheering. I remember thinking to myself, 'Wow, this is about as good as it gets. This is what I used to dream about. This is like the Beatles.'"
Timothy B. Schmit 2011 Tour Dates:
Nov. 25 -- Phoenix, Ariz.
Nov. 28 -- Solana Beach, Calif.
Nov. 30 -- San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Dec. 2 -- Brooks, Calif.
Dec. 3 -- Agoura Hills, Calif.
Dec. 6 -- Santa Cruz, Calif.
Dec. 8 -- Bend, Ore.
Dec. 9 -- Bellingham, Wash.
Dec. 12 -- Seattle
Dec. 13 -- Portland, Ore.