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Ringo Starr - First All Starr Band - Life in the Fast Lane (Joe Walsh)

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Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Greek Theatre, September 3rd 1989.

"Life in the Fast Lane" is a song written by Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley and recorded by the American rock band Eagles on their 1976 studio album Hotel California. It was the third single released from this album, and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song has remained a staple on classic rock radio stations since its release. It tells the story of a couple that takes their excessive lifestyle ("there were lines on the mirror, lines on her face") to the edge. On In the Studio with Redbeard, Glenn Frey revealed that the title came to him one day when he was riding on the freeway with a drug dealer known as "The Count". Frey asked The Count to slow down and the response was, "What do you mean? It's life in the fast lane!" In that same interview, Frey indicated that the song's central riff was played by Joe Walsh while the band was warming up in rehearsals and Walsh was told to "keep that, it's a song".

The song was also recorded for an MTV special as part of the Eagles 1994 reunion tour and Hell Freezes Over album.

The third verse features the line "Haven't seen a goddamn thing." Radio stations censor the swear word with some guitar notes.

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