Though he’s long been associated with California as a member of the Eagles, Don Felder was born and raised in the swampy milieu of Gainesville, Florida. You get a sense of the profound impact that period had on him (both as a youngster and as a guitarist) via “Southern Bound”
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Something clicked for the Eagles in the mid-1970s, as they went from being a popular country-rock act to chart-breaking arena-filling superstars. Many credit lineup changes that included the arrivals of Don Felder and Joe Walsh. Felder has another idea, however.
How much better would the Eagles’ only so-so 1979 album The Long Run have been with the inclusion of Don Felder’s first solo hit, 1981′s “Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)”? It almost happened.
Don Felder, the ex-Eagles guitarist, acknowledges a myriad of influences on his sound, from Elvis Presley and B.B. King to Eric Clapton. “Just as important,” he adds, “was the early Beatles stuff” — in particular, Felder says, George Harrison’s approach to the guitar on Meet the Beatles.
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.
Joe Walsh has been on a bit of a roll as of late. He toured for his first solo album in almost 20 years, the critically acclaimed and Jeff Lynne-produced Analog Man
Even as the Eagles neared the height of fame, before 1976′s Hotel California, they were already teetering on the edge of a fiery burnout.
‘Who can sing any song better than Don Henley?’: Inside the convoluted vocal track for the Eagles’ ‘Victim of Love’
Fans will remember the message etched into the vinyl on Side 2 the original Hotel California: “V.O.L. is five-piece live.” But there was one overdub on “Victim of Love,” eventually: The lead vocal.
‘Just a joke’: What Don Felder said to Joe Walsh on the classic video for the Eagles’ “Hotel California”
Ever wondered what Don Felder said to Joe Walsh to crack him up during the iconic twin guitar solos on the original 1970s-era video for “Hotel California”? Us, too.
‘It reminded me how much I love the song’: Styx’s Tommy Shaw joins ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder for new video
Styx’s Tommy Shaw has just completed a video shoot with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. “Wash Away,” which they co-wrote together, is the new single from Felder’s current solo effort Road to Forever.