Grammy-winning artist Paul Shaffer welcomes Joe Walsh as his first guest in the series premiere of his AXS TV interview series “Paul Shaffer Plus One,” which airs on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
In a sneak peek clip of the episode (attached above), Walsh explains how a routine warm-up exercise inspired the Eagles’ smash hit single, “Life in the Fast Lane.”
“I had this lick that I played that I would warm up for a show with,” Walsh tells Shaffer. “It’s a coordination exercise between your right and left hand.”
The riff instantly grabbed band frontman Glenn Frey’s attention. Walsh describes his reaction saying, “Glenn comes busting into my dressing room and says, ‘What the hell’s that?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s just a lick I warm up with.’ And he says, ‘That’s an Eagles song, dude!’”
From that moment, Frey began shaping what would become one of the Eagles’ fan-favorite Top 20 hits. As Walsh played the lick, Shaffer noted how the iconic artist has “a classical musician’s approach to practicing” that many artists don’t know how to do.
The renowned guitarist smiled at Shaffer, who sat behind the piano while Walsh sat in front of him with his guitar and a mic. The pair obviously share a mutual love of music and exude an easy camaraderie.
Shaffer is a four-time Emmy nominee who served as the longtime bandleader Ro on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Through the years, he’s collaborated with a wide array of artists including Ronnie Wood, B.B. King, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and more.
Shaffer will deliver an hour-long radio show each week on SiriusXM and a half-hour program on AXS TV. Other upcoming guests include “Rock and Roll Road Trip” star Sammy Hagar, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and more.
Watch “Paul Shaffer Plus One” every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT starting Sept. 15, only on AXS TV. Find AXS TV on your TV and stay tuned to AXS for programming updates.