The Eagles will reissue their classic Hotel California album as a special, 40th anniversary deluxe edition later this week, and to this day, the album means a great deal to band members.

Reflecting on Hotel California, guitarist Joe Walsh remembers that the guys "knew it was pretty darn good" when they wrapped up recording but had no idea just how good.


"We had no idea it was going to affect that many people," Walsh said in a new interview with the Las Vegas Sun. "It was unheard of. We were amazed. It really turned into a big deal. I’m so proud to have been part of creating that album because a lot of musicians never get to experience that. 'Grateful' is a better word."

He continued, "But when we were doing the Eagles documentary, we went into the vault where we tried to keep everything and found a whole concert we recorded we didn’t even know we had. So that’s part of the big box. It’s great to watch. I can’t believe how young we are — I don’t even remember being that young. But we played our asses off. I think that’s the part of the repackaging that makes it juicy."

Elsewhere in the interview, Walsh hinted at Eagles' 2018 tour dates, some of which are now posted on the band's official website

"...Next year we're going to play between 40 and 50 shows," Walsh said. "It sure feels good to play our music for people again, and they know the words better than we do."