The Eagles will celebrate their milestone 40th anniversary by touring in 2012.

Guitarist Joe Walsh told Rolling Stone that it's not going to be a continuation of the band's recent tours, either. Rather, the band is pulling out all the stops to create a new set up that'll be more than worth the price of admission. "Everybody's seen our show, so we have to put together something new," Walsh teased. "We've been archiving so much stuff from the band's early days, concert footage and interviews and stuff. Those will be the visuals to go along with the songs. We'll also revisit some old songs and some new stuff." Yes, we're excited about the usage of archival material, too.

Walsh also revealed that he and his mates will take flight for about five months and that they will do so during the second half of the year. That means he'll be able to fill the first half of the year with other musical endeavors. He'll be promoting his solo album due out in late winter or early spring, with his eye on a possible James Gang tour, too! So all of Walsh's free time won't be usurped by his main gig.

"I just played Cleveland solo and I saw Jimmy [Fox] and Dale [Peters]," he also said about James Gang. "We got together a few years ago just for six shows, just to see if we still had it. And we pretty much did. So, a James Gang tour is on my list. I've just been so darn busy with the Eagles. We played everywhere in the world last year."

Fox recently spoke about how he first met Walsh, so James Gang have been popping up on the rock radar quite a bit lately. The band has not recorded in 40 years, having issued 'Thirds' back in '71.

With James Gang, Walsh wants to keep things as pure, vintage and old-fashioned as possible, like they were during another time period, with regards to recording. He said, "I don't want to use Pro Tools and I want to overdub, because you can't do that live. But if we can do at least four things new and get them on the Internet, I think with that and a cross section of the old stuff, we'd have all we need to go out and try and kick some ass. I hope we get to do that in the first half of 2012. I really hope it works out."

So do we.

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