DON FELDER – INTERVIEW
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Don Felder, renowned guitar player, was the lead guitarist for The Eagles. Don Felder grew up in the music scene of Gainesville, FL. He even gave guitar lessons to a teen-aged Tom Petty at a local music store. While in High School Don formed a band with Steven Stills and palled around with The Allman Brothers. Felder recalled “Duane Allman was the first person I ever saw play electric-slide guitar. I said ‘You’ve got to show me how to do that,’ so we sat on his mother’s floor in Daytona Beach and Duane taught me how to play slide.” While in Florida Don Felder would first meet Bernie Leadon, who was a founding member of the Eagles. He was instrumental in bringing Felder into the band. Leadon was the one who convinced Don to move out to Southern California to join the LA music scene. Felder found himself working with the Eagles, both session work and live performances. He also found himself working with such artist as The Bee Gees, Bob Segar, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Diana Ross and old pal Steven Stills.
Don Felder had served a key member of the Eagles for 27yrs and originated and co-wrote such hits as “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights,” and “Life in the Fast Lane.” Felder left the group in 2001 and became a New York Times Bestseller with his riveting memoir Heaven and Hell: My Life with the Eagles. Don Felder has also released two solo projects. His latest is “Road to Forever” which is the culmination of a personal journey that began over 10yrs ago.