Don Henley, best known as the founder and frontman of the Eagles, introduced his new album, “Cass County,” with a message for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
One track from Henley’s solo album is already receiving a spate of attention, “Too Much Pride,” which he debuted on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He added a little variation to the live performance.
“Now listen Mr. Trump. Empires rise and empires fall, you stick around here long enough you’ll see it all,” he sang. “Now it looks like it’s gone nationwide, too much pride.”
The singer told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that the song was an “appropriate place” to lend a “little reminder” to the presidential candidate, who he said was “over the line.”
“I think there’s a fine line between pride and arrogance,” which Henley said was a lesson he learned from a high school teacher.” A little pride is a good thing but when it gets over into hubris and arrogance, then you’re in trouble, I think.”
Henley isn’t concerned about the social media ramifications of having insulted Trump, who often tweets his responses to the unflattering things said about him. He may not even see Trump’s responses, since, he told “CBS This Morning, “I don’t tweet, I don’t do Facebook. I don’t do any social media, so I’m fine.”
“Cass County” was inspired by where Henley spent some time after a worldwide two-year reunion tour with the Eagles.
“I wanted to give a nod to the town I come from…I had a lot of support from my parents and the people who lived there,” Henley said. “They don’t get much attention down there.”
“Cass County” is Henley’s first solo album in 15 years and features other musical icons, including Mick Jagger and Dolly Parton. The album goes on sale Friday, Sept.25.