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Don Felder

Don Felder

Postby Chris » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:33 am

Don Felder – Friday, July 20 at 7pm

Setlist - March 3 in Red Deer, AB
Hotel California
Heartache Tonight
Life in the Fast Lane
One of These Nights
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Seven Bridges Road
Heavy Metal
Witchy Woman
Those Shoes
Victim Of Love
Already Gone
Pride And Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
Tequila Sunrise
In the Long Run
Take it Easy

My New Take
To this day one of my favorite Jam moments was taking a shower early afternoon in 2010 and hearing what sounded like live Eagles. I hurried out and went in the grounds before they officially opened and watched Don Felder play 5 or 6 Eagles' classics to a crowd of maybe 20 people in what was really just a soundcheck. It was awesome, and it was a preview of what was to come later that night when people just streamed into the jam grounds as he played the Eagles hit after hit. There was singing and dancing all over the venue that night at what has to go down as one of the all-time surprise performances at Moondance Jam.

Below is the preview I had of Don Felder before his last appearance.

Don Felder grew up in Gainesville, Florida and started playing guitar at age 10. He started his first band, The Continentals, with Stephen Stills at age 15. Future Eagles band mate Bernie Leadon replaced Stills and the band became known at the Maundy Quintet. After that group broke up, Felder joined a band named Flow and moved to New York. Flow recorded one jazz album before Felder left and moved to Boston and began working in a recording studio. After moving to California in 1972, he joined up with singer-songwriter David Blue and opened a few shows for Crosby and Nash. While in California and through his relationship with Leadon, Felder jammed with the Eagles on several occasions. In 1974, the band asked Felder to provide slide guitar on the song “Good Day in Hell.” The following day, they asked him to become a member of the band. The band released On the Border that year. In 1975, Felder provided lead vocals for “Visions,” from the One of These Nights album. He co-wrote that song as well as “Too Many Hands” from that album. The next year the band would release their legendary Hotel California album. The album was propelled by the enormous success of the title song, which Felder originally introduced to the band as an instrumental. Felder also co-wrote the hit “Victim of Love” from that album. The band would take three years to release The Long Run, their last album before breaking up. Felder co-wrote “The Disco Strangler” and “Those Shoes” for that album. After the Eagles broke up in 1980, Felder embarked on a solo career. He had two songs on the Heavy Metal soundtrack, “All Over You” and “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride),” which was a #5 Mainstream Rock hit and #43 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. He released his only solo album, Airborne, in 1983. In 1994, the Eagles got back together for the Hell Freezes Over tour. Felder would continue as a member of the band until 2001, when he was fired. Felder sued the band, who in turn countersued Felder. The two sides settled out of court in 2007. In 2008, Felder released a bestselling book on his days with the Eagles titled Heaven and Hell: My Life with the Eagles 1974-2001. Felder occasionally plays solo shows and will be bringing An Evening at the Hotel California to Moondance Jam for the first time.

Did You Know?
Don started his first band, The Continentals, with Moondance Jam alum Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Felder attended Gainesville High School along with Tom Petty and future Eagle bandmate Bernie Leadon.
Felder even gave Petty guitar lessons.
Felder’s “Hotel California” was originally called “Mexican Bolero.”
Felder’s song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “Never Surrender,” was co-written with Kenny Loggins.
Fellow Eagle Timothy B. Schmidt appears on Felder’s solo album Airborne.
Schmidt and Don Henley sing backing vocals on Felder’s song “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride).”
In 1985 and 1986, Felder hosted the musical comedy show FTV.
Prior to his firing in 2001, only Glenn Frey and Don Henley had spent more time in the band than Felder.
Felder temporarily replaced David Lindley in the Crosby Nash band when Lindley became ill.
Graham Nash asked Felder to play on his tour before the Eagles came calling, causing Felder to turn Nash down.
Felder was a guest musician on albums by Stevie Nicks, the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Bob Seger, and Joe Walsh.
Felder and the Eagles became members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Cheech Marin is featured in the video for Felder’s song “Bad Girls.” (See video link below.)
Felder fashioned his logo after the logo for his favorite type of guitar, Fender.

Partial Setlist – Casino Windsor 2009
Witchy Woman
Heavy Metal
The Long Run
Heartache Tonight
Life in the Fast Lane
Over You
Take It Easy
Hotel California

Eagles’ Songs Co-written by Felder
Visions (only Eagles’ song with Felder on lead vocal)
Too Many Hands
Victim of Love
Hotel California
The Disco Strangler
Those Shoes

Don Felder Albums
Airbourne (1983)
Heavy Metal Soundtrack – “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” and “All of You”
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack – “Never Surrender”
The Slugger’s Wife Soundtrack – “The Wild Life”

Solo Hits
“Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” – Mainstream Rock #5 in 1981
“Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” – The Billboard Hot 100 #43 in 1981
“Bad Girls” – Mainstream Rock #34 in 1983

Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) -
All of You -
Bad Girls -
Several songs from - ... evideo.htm

My Take
I have to admit that Don Felder’s appearance at the jam is one that I will have to see before having a true opinion to share. I really didn’t know his history that well before he signed. I thought he was an original Eagle, but he actually joined them on their third album On the Border. He contributed two songs to each of the three albums following that album but only sang lead vocal on one song, the non hit “Visions.” So I can see why some people are skeptical about his performance. However, just hearing him perform the guitar solo he wrote on “Hotel California” alone is worthy of at least a 5pm slot at the jam. I am also looking forward to hearing his solo hit “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” from the movie Heavy Metal. I am puzzled that he didn’t have a more descript solo career after starting out with that hit in 1981 after the Eagles broke up. He only had one more minor hit in 1983 with the song “Bad Girls.” I encourage you to check out the video (link above) of that song. If that doesn’t scream 80’s nothing does! I have checked out some of his recent solo clips and he sounds good, not only vocally but especially on guitar. He makes playing the guitar look effortless, which shows just how good he is.
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