The Eagles’ ’New Kid In Town’ Turns 45

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The Eagles’ ’New Kid In Town’ Turns 45

Posted 7 Dec 2021
Eagles, 1976.  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. 

Eagles’ released New Kid In Town as the first single from their legendary 1976 studio album Hotel California. Their signature saccharine harmonies catapulted the laidback anthem, written by the songwriting powerhouse of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, to number one in the US and even won them a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or Voices. 

In the liner notes to the Eagles compilation album The Very Best Of, Henley explained the lyrical duality on New Kid In Town. “It’s about the fleeting, fickle nature of love and romance,” he said. “It’s also about the fleeting nature of fame, especially in the music business. We were basically saying, ‘Look, we know we’re red hot right now but we also know that somebody’s going to come along and replace us—both in music and in love.”

The Eagles | ‘New Kid In Town’

Live at the Forum ’76, available to pre-order now, features ten songs recorded by the Eagles in 1976, just prior to the release of Hotel California. Recorded during the band’s three-night run at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976, the captures the group as they  were putting the finishing touches on the legendary album, which was released that December. The concert recording captures some of the very first live performances of Hotel California and New Kid In Town.


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'Live at the Forum '76'

Live at the Forum '76 will be available as a 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. The tracks will be making their vinyl debut, as they were previously only available on CD and digitally as part of 2017’s 40th Anniversary Edition of Hotel California. The live music takes up three LP sides while the final one features an exclusive etching of the artwork. Pre-order, here. 


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