Chris Willman
June 11, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cautious Eagles; Speedy Chicks
Seems like Don Henley will use any excuse not to finish his solo album. Now come reports that the Eagles are planning their first studio album in 20 years. A source warns that any current sessions are exploratory, but clearly the band would prefer to avoid an all-oldies set when they hit the stage late this year. The Eagles’ rep had no comment.

At the other extreme, can the Dixie Chicks really be planning to release another album in late August, when the last one’s still dipping in and out of Billboard‘s top 10? You’d think they’d be afraid of Hootie syndrome — in which a hastily issued follow-up not only stiffs but kills the momentum of the first smash. But the Chicks operate on country standard time, where even two years between albums is seen as slothful. ”It’s been a year and a half since the release of our [last] album, and with all that’s happened this year, it seems like ages ago,” says Natalie Maines. ”We aren’t the kind of gals to sit on our butts and admire our trophies.”

‘Tricky’ treat
The historic rap-rock summit that paired Run-DMC and Aerosmith on ”Walk This Way” (recently memorialized as one of EW‘s ”100 Greatest Moments in Rock”) will finally get a sequel. The two acts are reuniting for a follow-up, overseen by original producer Rick Rubin. ”Rick said that since we remade one of Aerosmith’s old records in 1986, we should remake an old Run-DMC in 1999,” says Run, a.k.a. Joseph Simmons. The new tune is based on the rap trio’s ’87 hit ”It’s Tricky.” According to Run, the initial, limited release of their late-summer album Crown Royal will be a double CD, with one disc of new songs, one of greatest hits (a la Michael Jackson’s HIStory). In the can are guest appearances by Nas, Method Man, and Lord Finesse (the voice on Fatboy Slim’s ”The Rockafeller Skank”); the last tune to be recorded — if all goes well — will be a Beastie Boys hookup. But Run sounds most excited about another rock-rap teaming: ”The Sugar Ray/Run-DMC record is completely sick,” he promises of ”Here We Go Again.” ”It should be given out in airsickness bags.”

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