D O N
F E L D E R
FORMER EAGLES LEAD GUITARIST
CHATS ABOUT HIS LATEST RELEASE
'AMERICAN ROCK 'N' ROLL'
No matter how you look at it, 2019 is shaping up to be the Year of the Fingers — Don “Fingers” Felder, that is. Felder, a true American rock and roll guitar hero, is very much looking forward to building upon his rich legacy as one of the most innovative riff-generating songwriters of the modern rock era while continuing his growth as a featured touring and recording solo artist.
To that end, Felder finds himself most decidedly back in the driver’s seat with the April 2019 release of his first solo album in seven years, American Rock ’N’ Roll (BMG). American Rock ’N’ Roll covers the gamut of the man’s artistic talents, consisting of 11 high-energy rockers mixed with touching, thoughtful ballads. From the state of the guitar-rock union salute to “American Rock N Roll” to the funky crunch of “Hearts on Fire” to the fierce, unrelenting declaration of “Rock You” to the mutual heartfelt honesty of “Falling in Love” and “You’re My World,” Don Felder has once again tapped into the current music zeitgeist to emerge with an album that represents the peak of his creative prowess.
It’s easy to see why Felder garners such a level of respect. Not only is he a proud, longstanding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted with the Eagles back in 1998, he was also inaugurated into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville in 2016 and the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. Fact is, Felder spent 27 years with the Eagles, who have sold over 150 million albums worldwide to date and own the fine distinction of recording the top-selling album of all time — Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which has sold over 38 million copies (and counting). “I’m honored and blessed enough to have contributed to and been a part of a very talented mixture of voices, writing, guitar parts, and production,” he says of the group. “It was a magical, unique combination that happened in a certain place and time. I’m very proud of that. Every time I hear the work we did on the radio, I go, ‘Oh! You were really good!’”
Don’s discerning musical taste ultimately bore much great fruit in iconic, prime rock-era Eagles songs. Bear witness to how his matchless lead-guitar tone added extra fuel to “Already Gone,” “One of These Nights,” “Take It to the Limit,” and “New Kid in Town,” in addition to his co-writing “Victim of Love,” “Those Shoes,” and his most popular co-creation, “Hotel California,” which he recast in an entirely new way for the Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over in 1994.
“Hotel California” has served Felder quite well over the years — as well it should. “People love the music, the guitar solos, and the overall vibe that song has,” admits Don. “When I got up and played ‘Hotel California’ at the United Nations a few years back, everybody in the room knew the song and was singing along with it — even those heads of state and presidents who didn’t speak English! I got an enormous standing ovation for it. At that point, it dawned on me what a global impact that one song had. And now, by the time ‘Hotel’ appears at the end of the night in my live set, everybody is standing on their feet, ready to go and ready to receive that powerful electric energy.”
Purchase the latest album by Don Felder entitled
American Rock ‘n’ Roll at amazon.com
Also purchase Don Felder’s autobiography entitled
Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974–2001)
also available at amazon.com
For more information about Don Felder and concert dates
Upcoming Tour Dates
Thu, DEC 5 Dosey Doe Big Barn Spring, TX
Fri, DEC 6 Dosey Doe Big Barn Spring, TX
Feb 6, 2020 Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts Annapolis, MD
Feb 7, 2020 Jergel's Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
Feb 8, 2020 Beacon Theatre Hopewell, VA
Feb 10, 2020 Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
Feb 12, 2020 Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 14, 2020 Newberry Opera House Newberry, SC
Feb 15, 2020 '70s Rock & Romance Cruise Miami, FL
Feb 16, 2020 Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL
Mar 21, 2020 Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern Luzern, Switzerland
"American Rock N Roll" alone contains dueling drums from Mick Fleetwood and Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, not to mention some guitar from Slash, and that's just the start of the cameos. Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Steve Porcaro, Peter Frampton, and Alex Lifeson all make an appearance.