The Don Henley Song Featuring Axl Rose From Guns N’ Roses

Like many other bands, the Eagles inevitably experienced a breakup in 1980 due to the increasing tensions between Glenn Frey and Don Felder. The conflict between them was the final straw as the band members had already been having problems due to their creative differences during the making process of their 1979 album, ‘The Long Run.’ Consequently, the disbandment didn’t come as a surprise, and the band went on hiatus for fourteen years until reuniting in 1994.

Following the breakup in 1980, Don Henley began pursuing a solo career and released his debut solo studio album, ‘I Can’t Stand Still,’ in 1982. It mostly received favorable reviews and paved the way for an accomplished solo career. Henley’s second solo album, Building the Perfect Beast,’ also arrived in 1984. Don Henley collaborated with plenty of notable names like Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman, and Mike Campbell. His third studio album would also feature an unexpected guest that would surprise you.

Which Don Henley Song Included Axl Rose?

Having enjoyed the success of the first two solo albums, Don Henley released his third studio album entitled ‘The End of the Innocence‘ in 1989. The album became Henley’s best-selling solo release by selling 6 million copies only in the United States. The singles from the album, named ‘The End of the Innocence,’ The Heart of the Matter,’ and ‘The Last Worthless Evening,’ managed to find a place for themselves on Top 40.

The album included ten tracks and stood out with its powerful themes such as self-awareness, maturity, and political issues. The album was praised for its overall high quality and Don Henley’s extraordinary talent for composing. Henley again collaborated with many other artists in this record like his previous ones, but these names’ most notable was Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses.

The album’s third track, called ‘I Will Not Go Quietly,’ featured Axl Rose in harmony vocals, who was also working with the same label at the time. The track was mostly reviewed as a great song with its strong heavy rock sound. After this first collaboration, the two worked together again when Axl Rose called Henley to play the drums for their performance at the American Music Awards instead of Steven Adler, who was battling with drug addiction. Henley accepted the offer and saved the day for Guns N’ Roses.

You can listen to ‘I Will Not Go Quietly’ featuring Axl Rose below.