In an era of stars trying to watch their words, Eagles drummer and singer Don Henley isn’t at all hiding his feelings about two of modern music’s prominent acts.
Henley gave an interview with The Guardian primarily about the Eagles, currently on tour, in their later years. He first fired at Frank Ocean. On “American Wedding,” off his 2011 album nostalgia,ULTRA, Ocean appropriates the instrumental track of “Hotel California” and pairs it with his own lyrics.
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“Some of these young kids have grown up in a world that doesn’t understand or respect copyright material or intellectual property,” he told The Guardian. “They look at songs as interactive playthings.” Henley was then asked if the young artist’s co-sign was flattering. “I didn’t think he was cool,” he added. “I thought he was a talentless little prick. And I still do.”
Henley once announced his intention to sue Ocean if he were to perform the song live; Ocean wrote a now-deleted Tumblr post that called the threat “f–kin awesome.”
Ocean wasn’t the only target of Henley’s judgment. He was asked if he’d be less angry if someone else — like designer, presidential hopeful, and musician Kanye West — had done it. Nope. “I’d be just as pissed off,” he said. “I don’t like him, either.”
“He won’t be president,” Henley said about #Kanye2020. “He’s either incredibly arrogant or incredibly insecure, or some combination of the two.”
Reps for West did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. Ocean’s reps did not comment.
Read the entire Henley feature at The Guardian, including learning the 68-year-old’s thoughts on former Eagles members.