Don in M Music & Musicians Magazine
With his first solo project in decades, a former Eagle soars again
It’s 9 a.m. on the west coast and Don Felder is a bit drowsy. “Too early,” he says. “I’ll let you know how I’m doing after my second cup of tea.” Tea? A far cry from the indulgent excesses of his near three-decade rock star tenure with the Eagles—the band that brought him fame, fortune and no shortage of conflict prior to his abrupt termination in 2001. That was a difficult time for Felder, who composed the music to the group’s classic smash “Hotel California.” “Everything I knew just changed,” he says. “My career, my friends—or the people I thought were my friends—and my marriage, too.”
For the next few years Felder endured a protracted legal battle over royalties and an extensive period of meditation and reflection, culminating with his revealing 2008 best-selling book, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974 – 2001). “Once I was in the Eagles, I was ‘drugged’—not ‘dragged’—into all sorts of promiscuity and drugs and everything,” Felder recalls. “I realized how that had influenced my life, separated me from the morals and ethics I was raised with. I wanted to understand what took me from being raised dirt-poor to being a multimillionaire, and from the values of the church to a life of sin.”
Read the full article from M Music & Musicians September/October issue HERE.