Checking in with Timothy B. Schmit
Author: Melinda Newman
Date: April 21, 2001
Abstract: Brief interview where Schmit talks about Feed the Fire and the Eagles' desire to work on a new album.
Feed the Fire, Timothy B. Schmit's first solo album in more than a decade, will come out May 1. Released on Schmit's own Lucan Records and distributed through Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records in the U.S. , the album came out April 2 in Europe through Giant/BMG. The album was produced primarily by Schmit, with four tracks produced by Mark Hudson.
The first single, a remake of "You Are Everything," is a sweet take on the 1971 Stylistics hit. The track goes to AC stations May 15.
But as radio-ready as the remake is, Schmit knows an artist doesn't have an easy time at radio anymore. "Quite frankly, that's why I'm certain no major label wanted to take this [album] on," says Schmit, whose previous solo albums came out on MCA. "But I'm simply not worried about it. This whole thing has been a blast. I'm answering to nobody. I don't expect 18-year-olds to buy it. I'm not stupid, but there are a lot of people around my age who still buy records, and I think they'll like it."
In Europe , Feed the Fire will undoubtedly be propelled by the Eagles' tour there, which starts in late May. "I'll do whatever I can to promote the album over there," says Schmit, who first joined the Eagles in 1977. "But the band really comes first."
After this round of touring concludes, the Eagles will attempt to make a new studio album, Schmit confirms. "I don't know how much longer we can keep doing those old songs," he says with a laugh. "I think it's time to give people something new. Everyone is really energized to see how it goes." Schmit says the band tentatively plans to go back into the studio after a proposed fall Asian tour. "Then we'll start to really buckle down and try to make a record. Whenever we can finish that, we'll start to gear up and do shows in the U.S. , but I don't foresee us doing that until an album comes out."