Mark & Brian, May 1, 2001

I can't tell Mark's & Brian's voices apart, so will just refer to whoever is asking Timothy questions as M&B in this transcript.

M&B: We're in the coveted, and the coveted welcomes a young man to the program who, not only a gentleman who has put out music for years that we've enjoyed, but he also confessed to us as he walked in he's been a listener for a while. Timothy B. Schmit, welcome.

TS: Thanks for having me.

M&B: Hey. So the new album is out, in stores today, I believe.

TS: In stores today. I believe too.

M&B: It's called "Feed the Fire." As a matter of fact, you have an in-store appearance at Tower Records on Watt Avenue in Sacramento this Saturday. So those of you in Sacramento, get yourself ready. Timothy's gonna be in your town. Do you have a show in Sacramento also?

TS: It's about a mile away from my mother's house.

M&B: Well that makes it convenient, doesn't it?

TS: Doesn't it? Yeah, I'm going to go over, spend the night with her, check it out & see some friends.

M&B: Don't have that far to travel to the gig!

TS: No, just a hop, skip & a ...

M&B: So, you get it signed, then stop by the mother's house. Is she cookin'?

TS: Well, I hope so.

M&B: Stop by Timothy's mom's house and she'll feed ya!

TS: Everybody, just come on! (laughing)

M&B: Water the soup. We've got friends comin' over!

M&B: Timothy, if you could, introduce the fellows who are with ya.

TS: We have over here Hank Linderman, the very young-looking Hank Linderman.

M&B: Hello Hank

Hank: How's it going guys?

TSHank has engineered and played a lot of guitar on this album. And over here is Buck Johnson...

M&B: Buck!

TS: A new friend. And that's Denny Weston, Jr. on the percussion.

M&B: Welcome fellas. Denny, you just got up, didn't you?

Denny: I did.

M&B: So did we. Rick says we're ready. Why don't you guys go ahead and fling one then we'll talk some.

TS: Okay. This one is the opening cut on the album. It's called The Shadow.

(Sings The Shadow)

M&B: Very nice. Timothy B. Schmit. That is from the album, in stores today, Feed the Fire. This is your first solo album in eleven years, Timothy.

TS: Yep, that's right--eleven years

M&B: And it says here it took over three years to record?

TS: Well, you know, I built this studio at my house, and got Hank here to help me design some stuff.

M&B: Hank!

TS: Hank! Hank's the guy! We just started recording some stuff, and I didn't really plan on making an album, per se, and I discovered after a few years I had a lot of music on the shelves and I had some people asking me when I was gonna do it--some letter writers and stuff--and I thought I'd go ahead and do it.

M&B: Let's go back a bit. In that in the 70s, Randy Meisner left Poco, so you kicked in there. Love Poco. Love.

TS: We played in Birmingham a lot.

M&B: Did ya? Big music in the South. Poco got a lot of airplay back in the South, and that music holds up beautifully to this day. So then, years later, you were with them for a while, and Randy Meisner leaves the Eagles. Was it in the middle of the Hotel California album, or the tour?

TS: I think it was during the tour. They had some conflicts during that last Hotel California tour and they decided to part ways, and I ended up taking his place again.

M&B: (joking) So there were conflicts within the group the Eagles?

TS : (also joking--I think) You know, everything you've heard is true. That just covers it all.

M&B: (laughing) It's all true.

TS: That just covers it all right there.

M&B: Talk about, if you could, just your position, in the Eagles. When all that was going on, were you just like, "come on, guys.." or were you in the midst of it as well?

TS: I was the new guy. You mean when we actually broke up for fourteen years?

M&B: Yeah, that small thing there.

TS: I was actually the new guy, and I was really diggin' it. I thought...this is about as cool as it gets and I actually was oblivious to what was going on. I thought it was just another band squabble. You know, rock & roll bands are notoriously like kindergarten classes. It gets real strange sometimes and you think, "ah this is gonna blow over" but that one took a while.

M&B: (laughing) A while.

M&B: You know, the breakup then came and then the Hell Freezes Over tour came up. And I really loved what Glenn Frey had to say about the Eagles at that point. He said, "You know, before, we were talented, but young, and sampling drugs and having problems, and didn't know how to really communicate." But he said "Now, we're more mature--we're older--and we honestly are a truly good band. I'm proud of the way we sound."

TS: Yeah. We work really hard at it. In fact, we're going on a European tour at the end of May. I'm going right from this show to rehearsals.

M&B: Are you gonna go on tour with this band for this CD? You're going on tour with the Eagles, I understand that, but aren't they gonna want you to walk around and sing some of your songs from this album?

TS: We'll see what happens. The release of this album is purely coincidental. I had this in the works for a long time. It's being put out on my own record label, Lucan Records, and it's really coincidental. It just so happens that we're gearing up and we're going. The album is also being released in Europe, on BMG. It's already released there, so I'm gonna probably slip out now and again and do some radio...

M&B: Kinda nice to have some irons in the fire, isn't it?

TS: It's a lot of fun--keeping me real busy.

M&B: Well, the new album sounds great...

TS: Thank you.

M&B: It really does.

TS: Thanks.

M&B: When you guys got back together on the Hell Freezes Over tour, how unique and very cool was it to get up there and feel the appreciation that I have to assume was in every city that you guys went to?

TS: Well, we weren't gonna go for so long. We weren't gonna last for 2-1/2 years...

M&B: The tour that never ended.

TS: Yeah. It was because of the reaction we got. It was unbelievable. It was way bigger than we thought it would be. The music never stopped playing on the radio during those fourteen years and it really worked out.

M&B: You were a big part of this. I went to that tour and the thing that my friends and I walked away with was that they could have put a big, gigantic boombox on the stage and played the CDs. And you were a big part of this: You held true to every one of those songs. It wasn't a medley of the hits and now "here's some new stuff." Every song you played was just like the original recording, if not better.

TS: We worked really hard. We really spent a lot of time nitpicking as you can probably tell. It was a lot of fun, too.

M&B: You wrote "I Can't Tell You Why" with?

TS: With Don & Glenn.

M&B: Was that song written pretty quickly?

TS: (laughing) We're talking about a time period that is a little foggy...

M&B: Understand! It's one of my favorite Eagles songs of all time.

TS: As I recall, I came to them with the core of it--not a lot of it--but the "I can't tell you why" part, some chords and a few lyrics and we had a few sessions where we kicked that around. That was the first vocal to go on that album too. I was the guinea pig for it.

M&B: It went Number One didn't it?

TS: Number Three is what the books tell me.

M&B: Again, a foggy area. Fuzzy there...

TS: I'm an old guy, you know.

(I'll Always Let You In plays as they return from commercial)

M&B: Timothy B. Schmit and the boys are in here. He's got a brand new album in stores today. It's called Feed the Fire. I was just talking to Timothy out in the hallway and he's got three kids and one of them has a band.

TS: Yeah, my oldest daughter, her name is Jeddrah--plug time--she's got a band called Jed. She's got a website and she plays around town a lot.

M&B: Here in L.A.?

TS: Yeah, and Hank recorded them.

M&B: This morning in rehearsal, would you please tell Glenn Frey we said "Howdy." He's been on this program...

TS: I heard him on your program with Max, didn't I? Max Carl?

M&B: Oh yeah. He's been on several ...with himself. He's been here numerous times.

M&B: And tell him the clock is ticking on that fifty bucks he owes us.

TS: I will. He may be listening. I told him I was gonna do this.

M&B: Cool. Let's go to the phones and go to line two. We'll bring in Elba. Hello, you're on the air.

Caller Elba: Hi. Hello guys. Hello Timothy. How are you?

TS: I'm good. Thank you.

Caller Elba: I wanted to know how Seven Bridges Road came about, and if you would consider playing that at the concerts coming up?

TS: Seven Bridges Road was in the repertoire before I joined the band. I think they didn't do it for a long time and then we resurrected it, I think, on the Eagles Live album. We're still kind of figuring out what we're gonna do in concert, so I suppose it's possible.

Caller Elba: It's a wonderful song and I love your voice. It's wonderful.

TS: Thank you.

M&B: If you ever do it live, doesn't it kind of bring a great reaction from the crowd? It's such a gorgeous tune and so well done.

TS: we actually did that--I think we did that at the Millenium Concert. Didn't we do that?

Hank: Yeah.

TS: Hank knows. He knows everything.

Hank: I was there.

M&B: Hank!

TS: Yeah, it gets a good reaction because it's just a capella. That's my favorite stuff too. There's an a capella song on the new album too. Maybe we could bumper it in a while or something.

M&B: Which one is it?

TS: It's called Top of the Stairs.

M&B: There it is. Cut nine. There's a new CD out. It's in stores today. Feed the Fire from Timothy. It's in your stores. Go grab a copy and enjoy the music. Let's go back to the phones. We have quite a few people who want to talk to you. Eric, you're on the air.

Caller Eric: Hi Timothy. It's Eric.

TS: Hi Eric.

Caller Eric: You guys are great. And I want to tell you I went to your HFO concert at the Rose Bowl and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to.

TS: Thank you very much. I remember that.

Caller Eric: It was wonderful. It was actually kind of magical and I had a question. You had the rock formations in the back, and I swear that as time went on in one of the songs, that one rock--it was a tall slender rock formation--turned into a phallic symbol over time. And I wanted to ask you if that really happened or if was I having a fourteen year flashback?

M&B: 'Shrooming

TS: Smokin' that night? I don't know. I can't even comment about that. I'm always facing the other way.

M&B: In that, on the Eagles' tour--the last one. How did the guys get along? Knowing their history and what had happened, how did everybody get along on the Hell Freezes Over tour?

TS: Yeah, we got along good. We actually just got together and went to work. That's what I admire about the Stones. It's well-known what kind of problems they've had but they still get together every couple of years and say "let's go to work--let's do it." And people like it and it's still great. yeah, we got along well.

M&B: Timothy, you were sayin' you guys might feel like doing us an old Poco tune?

TS: Yeah, we just might try to doin' that right now.

M&B: Love it! Love it!

(Timothy sings Keep On Tryin')

M&B: Still excellent. We'll take some more phone calls here. Good morning, Chris.

Caller Chris: Hey, Good morning Mark & Brian, how are you? Timothy, I've been waiting to talk to you for about fifteen years.

TS: Uh-oh.

Caller Chris: I used to run a store in the Valley called The Bass Center and we used to get every bass player imaginable through the doors from about '86 to about '93, including Randy Meisner and just about everybody else and I never saw you.

TS: I knew you were gonna say that somehow!

Caller Chris: Do you remember the store?

TS: I remember the name of it. And the store no longer exists?

Caller Chris: No, about three years after I left, they went under.

M&B: But a fishing supply store went in right after that called The Bass Center.

TS: I've been in there several times.

M&B: Saved money on the marquee.

Caller Chris: I've got a couple of questions for you, Timothy, if I could. First question for you is, on the Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtrack, you did a tune that showed up on your Playin' It Cool album, called So Much In Love which was a remake of a great old tune. And I seem to recall that during the movie your version was in the movie and then later on I saw Fast Times At Ridgemont High either on TV or video and it was somebody else's version--it might even have been the original version--but it wasn't yours, and I wanted to find out what was the story behind that?

TS: I didn't write that song, obviously. It was originally done by the Tymes, probably in the sixties, I think, and there were publishing problems. They didn't wanna do it--The people who published the song. It was a publishing problem is the answer to that.

Caller Chris: But your version was in the original release of the movie. Is that correct?

TS: Yes, it was.

Caller Chris: Yeah, I thought so. I'm also a huge Beach Boys fan and your work on Caroline, No on the Stars & Stripes album is just amazing.

TS: Thank you. That was a real highlight. One day I got a phone call from Brian Wilson & Mike Love. They just called me..

M&B: Wait, the phone rings, and it's them?

TS: Yeah...

M&B: First, didn't you just go, "no it's not!"

TS: Of course I did. Anyway, they asked me to be a part of this project. The cooler part, rather than singing lead, was I got to sing background with Carl was still alive--with Brian, Carl, Bruce Johnston, and a couple of other people they took on the road with them. That was great. Thanks.

Caller Dennis: Hi Timothy. How are ya?

TS: Good. Thanks.

Caller Dennis: Great to hear your voice. Long time Eagles fan and love your stuff with Poco. That last song just brought back a flood of memories.

TS: Good. Glad to hear it.

Caller Dennis: Are you ever going to record with them again? Is there ever a chance of that?

TS: With Poco? I'm just gonna see what happens. There's no plans at the moment. I believe tow or three of those guys are doing an album now. That's what I've been told.

Calle Dennis: They were just here in Portland about two weeks ago, but I missed the show.

M&B: Yeah, but they're called "Poc." Until Timothy gets involved.

TS: Where's the (makes rim shot sound)?

M&B: We need one of those, don't we?

TS: There's no plans in the near future. I'm very busy with my solo stuff and with the Eagles, so we'll see what happens in the future. I'm gonna try and keep my mind open to all possibilities.

M&B: You open your tour w/the Eagles in Moscow in a few weeks. In Moscow! What the hell? In Moscow? Have you ever been there before?

TS: Yeah! Never been there, but am looking forward to it. I know the production people are going crazy because it can be a little shaky production-wise. We'll see. Although I guess a lot of people have gone there over thee last few years and it might be better. Apparently our hotel is right on Red Square and we do have one day off there, so we'll see what happens.

M&B: I guess the guitar pick lines--you're standing in line for four hours.

TS: No guitar picks, only Fender fins.

M&B: Those are the worst kind in Moscow.

M&B: It's gotta be a unique position. There is no bigger band than the Eagles and no bigger tour possible than one the Eagles might involve themselves in. And the logo, "the Eagles" is bigger than all of you individually, regardless of who it is we're talking about. What is it like being on the inside of something that massive moving through the world?

TS: It pretty much takes over your life. The touring machinery is very large. You start scheduling everything, including time with your family. You have to find time for everything because it's very demanding. I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it. I do love it but, you know, it's a great feeling. I'm one of the fortunate guys who get to do this.

M&B: Deservedly so. The music of your career speaks for itself.

(Top of the Stairs plays as they come back from commercial)

M&B: While you're listening, know that this iss 32 tracks--honestly, 32 tracks of Timothy. That's what Hank told us. He produced it. Okay, but, Number 17 is just a little off. (laughter) That's amazing! This is in your studio at home, right? I'm assuming that was sort of an experimental thing to see just how vast the studio was. What an amazing thing! Thirty-two tracks of you!

TS: Actually, I wasn't going to do that song a capella and ended up experimenting around and couldn't quite get the right track for it. I actually played it live for a friend and he said "do-wop!" and I went "light bulb!" you know.

M&B: Very nice. Timothy B. Schmit's on the program. That comes from the new CD in stores today, Feed the Fire which is in stores today--Out and available to you. If you're living in Sacramento, Timothy is going to be in town--it's a mile down from his mom's house.

TS: Hi Mom!

M&B: He's gonna be at the Tower Records on Watt Avenue this weekend. Something else?

TS: Yeah, let's do the new single. This is a song that Hank & I recorded

M&B: Hi Hank!

Hank: Hey! How're you doing?

TS: Let's not forget Buck & Denny, Jr.

M&B: Buck, are you from Birmingham?

Denny: That's right.

M&B: Now, were you there in the mid-80s when we were first together?

Denny: Absolutely. I was in all those cover bands that played around town--Louie Louie's

M&B: You know that's a disco place now?

TS: This is the old Stylistics tune.

M&B: Love the Stylistics!

(Sings You Are Everything)

M&B: How good was that? What a song to cover! Perfect for you. The soul explosion of the early 70s,with stuff like that, Dramatics, What You See Is What You Get, love that stuff.

TS: Yeah, I love the old Philly stuff. That was written by Tom Bell and I can't remember the first name--Creed is the last name.

M&B: Do you remember the old Chi-lites song, Have You Seen Her?

TS: Oh yeah.

M&B: I stll contend that if 'NSync today did that, it would be the biggest...

TS: Why don't I do it on the next album?

M&B: Why don't ya?

TS: Why the hell not?

Hank: Can we get you guys to come down and play percussion?

M&B: Yes, you can. And if you're going to do covers, might I suggest a little MMMBop Hanson.

TS: We have to let that rest for about 15-20 years.

M&B: Like a good wine, it has to sit. I can't tell you how great that was.

TS: Thank you. Well you guys were great accompanists. Thank you. For those listeners, we had some extra percussion there. The Mark & Brian duo.

M&B: Denny looked at me like, "what are you coming over here for?" "what are you doing?" Then he realized we kind of knew what we were doing.

(Keep On Tryin' plays as they return from commercial)

M&B: This is supposed to be bumper music but it's impossible to interrupt. Dammit. Pick up an old Poco and just throw it in and it stands up beautifully. You've gotta be proud of that stuff you guys did.

TS: I am. I am.

M&B: As you should be. Timothy B. Schmit's in. A new CD is there for the grab. Feed the Fire. It's in stores today. Fresh out so go grab a copy. And you guys have one more that you're gonna share with us and then we're all out of here.

TS: Alright, let's do the Eagles one.

(Sings I Can't Tell You Why)

M&B: That was a treat, wasn't it? Timothy, a wonderful guy, and all you guys. You've been a listener long enough to know we do a Christmas show every year, haven't you?

TS: Oh yeah.

M&B: You probably knew we were going to hit you up on this.

TS: yeah, I thought so.

M&B: Don't know where you're gonna be but it's usually around December 20th. We get a bunch of friends who have been on the program and just bring in the Christmas spirit. We'd love you, if you're in town...

TS: If I'm around, I'll do it.

M&B: Define around. In the country?

TS: This side of the North Pole?

M&B: Not in Moscow. He's inked. That was Hank on the guitar part, by the way. Very nice on that. Boys, thank you so much. Feed the Fire in stores today. Go grab a copy. When does the Eagles tour come ot the States?

TS: Well, I think what's going to happen is we're going to probably attempt to make a record when we get back after the summer.

M&B: Uh-oh. Uh-oh.

TS: What?

M&B: Studio?

TS: Yeah. (laughing)

M&B: Good luck!

TS: You know what? Spirits are really up right now and it looks real good. I think there's no better time than now to do it; then we would tour after that, so if it all works out, we'll be workin' for a couple of years.

M&B: Now that's a unique situation in that I can't imagine a bigger project than a studio, brand-new Eagles record. Do you guys, when you're in the creative process, do you feel that pressure.

TS: Well, on a day-to-day level, no. I don't know. How much more do we have to prove? It all comes down to great songs, right? We're certainly not going to put anything on an album that we don't think is great. So, we haven't really made a studio album since The Long Run album. I'll tell you when we're halfway through how it's going.

M&B: Have you guys gotten together to throw out any ideas? Have you heard any of the new stuff? Do you have any new stuff of your own?

TS: When Henley was finishing up his solo tour, Joe and Glenn and I got together and we sort of made demos, threw out some ideas.

M&B: Do you like what you've heard so far?

TS: Yeah, It's gonna be fun. we're hoping to do it more as a band--an actual band this time instead of sort of separate.

M&B: We're hungry for that. If you need any help w/ideas you can just give me a call...

TS: Trombone solo?

M&B: We're talking ideas for love songs, and that kind of thing.

TS: You're the first one I'm gonna call.

M&B: That's good to know. Thank you. Just 'cuz we like ya! Can't be more proud of you man.

TS: Hey, thanks.

M&B: All you guys were tremendous.

TS: I had a great time. Thank you.

M&B: Thank you. See you again in December. In stores, go get a copy, Feed the Fire.

TS: Hey, I've got a web site too. that plug in there.

M&B: There you go. A great way to keep up with who you dig.


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