Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder says that due to some pretty brutal legal battles earlier in the decade, his relationship with the still-active member of the Eagles in essentially nil. Felder was fired from the Eagles in 2001 following monetary disputes with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Eagles manager Irving Azoff. The case was settled out of court the following year.
Felder spoke with Guitar World magazine, and explained that his relationship with the band's early former members is still going strong: "I have great relationships with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. I saw Randy about two months ago, and I just called Bernie on his birthday. Randy was a dear friend of mine during the Eagles and has remained so. Everybody else -- Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh. . . as much as I love Joe and I think the world of him as a player and a person, we have little to no direct contact."
- Felder went on to explain how estranged things are between him and his former bandmates, revealing, "Every time I communicate with them or try to reach out, the only return communication I get is from their attorney. It's sad but that's the reality."
- Don Felder told us that he's well aware that the Eagles was bigger than any if its individual members: "That group as a team, the five of us -- well, really seven of us, in the records we made including Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and Joe (Walsh) and Timothy Schmit -- was definitely the best work that any of us have done together on record. I think that that sum of its parts are greater than any of the individual people involved in that project."
- Don Felder will next perform on February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.
- Don Felder has been on the road, playing select date in support of his new solo set, Road To Forever, which features such high profile guest appearances by Graham Nash and David Crosby, Steve Lukather of Toto, and Tommy Shaw of Styx.
- Felder, who while growing up in Gainesville, Florida was a childhood friend of Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, and Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon.
He was touring as David Crosby and Graham Nash's lead guitarist when he played on the Eagles' 1974 On The Border album, and went on to join the band in time for 1975's groundbreaking One Of These Nights collection.
- Felder co-wrote such Eagles classics as "Hotel California," "Victim Of Love," and "Those Shoes.
- In 2006, Felder published his memoir, Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles.
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Don Felder On The Eagles As A Team