Don Felder Talks 2013 Tour Plans; Critiques New Eagles Documentary
After the 2012 release of Road to Forever, his first new solo album in nearly three decades, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder is looking forward to continue supporting the record by hitting the road again this year. While no confirmed dates have been announced yet, Felder tells ABC News Radio that his upcoming tour itinerary likely will begin in late March.
"I know I've got dates all the way through November right now that they're filling in the routing on," he reports. "We'll be working all year."
Felder wrote the tunes on Road to Forever over the course of the last decade or so, in the wake of a turbulent time during which he not only was fired from the Eagles but his nearly 30-year marriage to his first wife came to an end. He says the process of putting the songs together was therapeutic for him and helped him get past his negative feelings about his split with the group.
The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says fans "seem to really enjoy all the songs" from Road to Forever that he's been including in his live set. Among the specific tunes Felder says are going over particularly well are the album's lead single "Fall from the Grace of Love"; "Girls in Black," which he describes as "kind of a rocker" that's about "one of my weaknesses"; "Wash Away," a song co-written with Styx's Tommy Shawthat boasts "a harder rocker sound"; and "Over You," which he calls "a pretty, almost country-rock acoustic ballad."
In addition to his upcoming tour dates, Felder can be seen in the new two-part documentary History of the Eagles: The Story of an American Band, which premiered last month on Showtime. Despite not having spoken directly to his former band mates since being fired from the group, he agreed to be interviewed for the film and, of course, he's also featured in much of the doc's archival footage.
Felder says one of the things he enjoyed most about the documentary was that it showed how the Eagles, during their heyday, could entertain crowds without the bells and whistles today's pop stars employ in their concerts. "It was a real treat to go back and look at the earlier footage and realize that the band was five guys wearing ripped jeans, football jerseys or T-shirts, and no big production," he notes.
However, Felder also is critical of certain aspects of the film. He believes it was "a little lopsided" in its focus on Glenn Frey and Don Henley, while the contributions of the other members, such as former guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner, were given short shrift.
"Everybody was very strong writers, singers and players," he declares, "and it felt like that a lot of the other people, including Bill Szymczyk, the producer who made all those records, was less than credited to the extent that they should have been in the documentary."
Another complaint Felder has is that he felt the film glossed over the amount of "discontent and arguing that went on" in the band. "Even between Don Henley and Glenn Frey, there's always been a lot of contentious arguments and control issues there," he maintains. "None of that was evident. It was swept under the rug."
On a positive note, Felder admits that the conflicts usually dealt with ways that the band could be improved. "Most of the time the confrontation was over...what would make the absolute best record or the best tour or the best songs we should put on the record [or] what songs had the best lyrics or who should sing what song," he explains.
For the latest news about Felder and his upcoming tour plans, visit DonFelder.com and Facebook.com/DonFelderMusic.
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