Listen to Eagles’ First-Ever Performance of ‘New Kid in Town’
The Eagles have released their first-ever performance of “New Kid in Town,” which was recorded in 1976.
The previously unreleased audio appears on the extended edition of their classic album Hotel California, which will be out on Nov. 24.
Released as the lead single from the LP, “New Kid in Town” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and led to the Eagles winning the Best Arrangement for Voices Grammy in 1978. The album has gone on to become one of the best-selling of all time, at one point reportedly moving 500,000 copies a week, with 21.5 million certified global sales and an estimated total of 32 million.
You can listen to this early “New Kid in Town” below.
“New Kid in Town” is one of 10 live tracks that appear on a bonus disc of the upcoming reissue. All of them were recorded during the band’s three-night residency at the Forum in Los Angeles in October 1976. Although Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition arrives 41 years after the original release, most of the record’s impact was achieved in 1977.
The package includes a remastered edition of the original album, high-resolution stereo and 5.1 mixes, a poster and replica tour program, all presented in a large hardbound book. It will also be available in two-CD, single CD, digital and streaming versions.
Co-founder Don Henley described Hotel California as “the end of innocence, round one” in 2004. “We were getting an extensive education – in life, in love, in business,” he said. “Beverly Hills was still a mythical place to us. In that sense it became something of a symbol, and the ‘Hotel’ the locus of all that L.A. had come to mean for us.”
It was their first album with Joe Walsh, who’d recently replaced Bernie Leadon. “One reason Leadon didn’t last in the band was that he was so contrary,” Henley later said. “Success freaked him out a little; he was always worried about our success, about coming from a ‘pure’ bluegrass background and making it in rock ’n’ roll. He thought we were selling out from the very beginning. To me, the point was to reach as many people as possible.”