The twin guitar solos that conclude “Hotel California” have moved into classic-rock lore. Turns out, the Eagles had to learn them note for note.
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Don Felder on the Eagles’ struggles to complete The Long Run: ‘We kept trying to raise the bar higher’
Feeling pressure from all sides, the Eagles simply cracked.
Don Henley became so infuriated that he came up with an ingenious plan.
‘It was inappropriately titled': Did ‘History of the Eagles’ focus too much on Glenn Frey and Don Henley?
“It should have been titled,” Don Felder says, “‘The History of Don Henley and Glenn Frey.'”
Back in 1973, Don Felder was perfectly content right where he was – working as a sideman.
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”
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.