In November of 1993, the Magic Castle was going through some tough times organizationally and financially after the loss of Bill Larsen in February. I was sitting at Vernon’s table with Peter Pit, Billy McComb and Ron Wilson.
Joe Walsh came over from Irma’s room and came up to Ron and said, “We’re getting the Eagles back together, and thought maybe we could help out the Castle. We could do a sort of first run of our new stuff in the Palace for New Year’s Eve. You could sell tickets and keep the money. Our gift to the Castle.”
Ron thanked him, but said there wasn’t enough time to promote something like that and we already had New Year’s Eve plans. When Joe left, Ron explained that he didn’t think “rock and roll” music would suit the Castle membership.
I told him I could sell the tickets overnight. Peter agreed with Ron, and Billy said “Maybe we should look into it.”
I tried, and a couple of other guys tried to explain to Ron and Peter how important the band was and how much we could make with them on New Year’s Eve.
But they just couldn’t see it working. I was very upset that they were turning down an opportunity like this!
McComb brought a copy of Forbes a few weeks later to show how the Eagles ranked in show business against David Copperfield. Ron had no idea they were that well known or that successful.
I still wince knowing that the Hell Freezes Over Tour could have started in the Palace.