Ousted Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder is back with a series of road dates and his second solo album, Road To Forever, due out on October 9th. Felder, who was fired from the band over a decade ago, says that he's once again regained his spiritual footing, telling BrowardPalmBeach.com, "I was raised in the deep South. My mother was extremely religious, a Southern Baptist, and I think I still have the scars and calluses from being dragged into church and Sunday school for years. But once I was in the Eagles, I was drugged -- not dragged -- into all sorts of promiscuity and drugs and everything that was not part of my upbringing. I realized how that had influenced my life and turned me away from all the morals and ethics that I had been raised with."
He went on to explain: "Part of the confusion when I left the band was wondering how did I ever get there? I wanted to go back into my childhood and understand the process that had taken place, from being raised dirt poor to becoming a multimillionaire, from the values of the church that my mother had tried so hard to pound into me, to living a life of sin and promiscuity and drugs and alcohol. So I really went back and looked back at those different areas of my life. I didn't find it difficult -- I found it very cathartic."
Felder recalled how he wrote the timeless introduction to the Eagles' 1976 chart topper, "Hotel California": "I was sitting on the beach in the house I'd rented in Malibu; I had this acoustic guitar -- it was this beautiful July day, my kids were playing in the sand and the beautiful California sun was glistening on the water. I was just tinkering away on this guitar and out came that introduction to the song, and I played it three or four times over and over. And I said, 'I have to record a little bit of this before I forget it.' So, in my back bedroom -- one of my daughter's bedrooms, I had this old reel-to-reel tape recorder and microphone. I ran back there and turned it on and sit and played a couple of times through that progression and turned it off went out and played o the beach. And we were in the process of writing songs for the Hotel California album and I'd started to compile a reel of 15 or 16 other song ideas. So I went back and listened to that introduction about a week later and said, 'I think I'll finish this.'"
NEWLY ADDED: Don Felder tour dates (subject to change):
October 8 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi State Fair Mississippi Coliseum
October 13 - New York, NY - City Winery
October 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Grammy Museum
October 19 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort
October 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
October 21 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
November 18 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage