David Letterman Mocks The Eagles Over Refusal To License Their Music
from the well-deserved dept
Rob Hyndman alerts us to this amusing story about David Letterman mocking the Eagles and their ridiculous policy on licensing their music. Don Henley, in particular, has quite the history of being really, really angry about anyone daring to want to enjoy his music. Just a few months ago, he was angrily attacking some other musicians for daring to do cover songs (leading to this epic response).
That brings us back to the recent Letterman show. Apparently, the Eagles were performing in NY and Dave was talking to an audience member who was excited to go to see the band. So Dave wanted Paul Shaffer to play some Eagles music. That resulted in a discussion between some of the show’s staff, in which one claimed that the band wouldn’t even give them a number for how much the music would cost as they have a “flat no policy for television,” while another claims that you could “play three lines” without getting sued (which is a potentially dangerously naive view of fair use). There’s a bunch more debate, before Dave asks the show’s director in the control room, Jerry Foley, what to do. Foley says “play the music and see what happens” leading to much cheering. Letterman and Shaffer go back and forth debating which song to play… before Letterman finally realizes that the Eagles’ music just isn’t worth it:
“You know what? I’m not that interested anymore…”
When you make listening to your music a chore, don’t be surprised when some people decide it’s just not worth it.