‘We did not expect this’: Styx, Foreigner, Eagles’ Don Felder collaborate on new music

Styx, Foreigner and the Eagles’ Don Felder didn’t just announce a blockbuster summer tour this week. They’ve also recorded a new collaborative version of “Hotel California,” and they’re thrilled with the results.

“The chorus vocals are magnificent,” Felder, who co-wrote the legendary Eagles track, tells Artisan News. Styx mainstay “Tommy (Shaw) and I and (Foreigner’s) Mick (Jones) played some great guitar-part solos on the end. It just really came together with a really fun, kind of fresh approach to doing the music we do. It was great.”

This new take will be part of a compilation sold at the concerts series, dubbed the Soundtrack of Summer. The tour begins in May and continues for three months, with Felder opening each show. Foreigner and Styx will swap spots as the closing act.

That they could so quickly mesh in the studio shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, considering the shared history. Styx and Foreigner have already mounted a tour together, back in 2010. And Styx’s Shaw worked with Felder on his second solo album, 2012′s Road to Forever.
Styx and Foreigner toured together on the 2010 Union Tour,

“It’s an unexpected benefit,” Shaw says. “We’ve wound up working together and collaborating, doing performances of each others’ songs — which has really just lit a fire under all of us. We did not expect this. It’s been a real treat, as a player, singer and artist.”

Jones is the only original member of Foreigner who remains. James “J.Y.” Young and occasional bassist Chuck Panozzo are the lone hold overs from Styx’s earliest days. Shaw joined in 1975. Felder left the Eagles in 2001, having been with them since ’74.

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