Former Eagle Don Felder notched 27-years in the legendary band, joining up in time to lay some tracks down on the band's third album "On the Border." Before that, he'd grown up in Gainesville, Florida and once gave a young Tom Petty some guitar lessons as well as starting a band with Stephen Stills. After living in Massachusetts for a time (downtown on Commonwealth Avenue and also in Hingham), Felder moved west where his fortunes changed big-time with America's soon-to-be biggest selling band. After a messy divorce from the group that made him mega-famous, Felder moved on, releasing solo albums and playing on the road with Peter Frampton and many others.
Now Don Felder is set to release his third solo album on Friday April 5. Entitled “American Rock and Roll," the album features a heavy-weight list of rock legends, including guest appearances by some of the biggest names in music, including: Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, Alex Lifeson, and drummer Jim Keltner among others. The cover features an American Flag with Felder's famous white double-neck Gibson, an instrument he needed onstage with the Eagles to perform the signature song he co-wrote - "Hotel California."
Don was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of The Eagles and also co-wrote some other band favorites like “Victim of Love” and “Those Shoes.” In 2001 the guitarist was fired from the Eagles and lawsuits and counter-suits flew like cream pies in a Three Stooges episode. Eventually the cases were settled out of court and Felder chronicled his good and bad times with the group in his 2008 memoir, “Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles,” which became a New York Times best-seller.
Don Felder is on the road most of this year to promote his new solo album.