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STYX, FOREIGNER, AND DON FELDER TEAM UP FOR NEW WAL-MART HITS COLLECTION

4/25/2014

Coming on May 6th in commemoration of the Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder summer tour will be the joint greatest hits collection, called The Soundtrack Of Summer. The Wal-Mart exclusive disc feature 26 original Styx and Foreigner tracks -- along with a newly recorded version of the Eagles’ “Hotel California’" with Felder, joined by Styx and Foreigner.

 

The new version of “Hotel California” features Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen, and Felder sharing the lead vocal on the 1976 classic. Felder, who wrote the music to the song, told Ultimate Classic Rock: “I didn’t want to do just a remake of the same version of ‘Hotel California’; I thought that had been done twice. It had to be new and fresh. The choruses where the harmonies come in is just stellar, I have to say. I haven’t heard that song sung quite that well in a long time."

  • Felder explained to USA Today, that re-recording the song took a bit of restructuring: "I was a bit perplexed about how to go about doing it a second time. It grows from this acoustic steel-string version to where the electric guitars come in at the end."
  • Don 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 on 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.'"
  • The tracklisting to Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder’s The Soundtrack Of Summer disc is:
    • Foreigner:“Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Juke Box Hero”
    • Styx:“The Grand Illusion,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lorelei,” “Crystal Ball,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Miss America,” “Renegade,” and “Too Much Time On My Hands”
    • Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder: “Hotel California”

       
  • UPDATED: Styx - Foreigner - Don Felder tour dates (subject to change) *** closing act in parenthesis ***:
    May 14 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena 
    May 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre (Foreigner)
    May 17 - Grand Prairie, TX  - Verizon Theatre (Foreigner)
    May 18 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Styx)
    May 20 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall (Foreigner)
    May 22 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena (Styx)
    May 23 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Styx)
    May 24 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Styx)
    May 25 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf (Foreigner)
    May 29 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre (Styx)
    May 30 - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheatre (Foreigner)
    May 31 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion (Foreigner)
    June 1 - Virginia Beach, VA -  Farm Bureau Amphitheatre (Styx)
    June 5 - Cincinnati, OH - Horseshoe Casino (Styx)
    June 6 - Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion (Styx)
    June 7 - Maryland Hts., MO  - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Styx)
    June 8 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre (Styx)
    June 19 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (Foreigner)
    June 20 - Bristow, VA  - Jiffy Lube Live (Foreigner)
    June 21 - Big Flats, NY - Summer Stage (Foreigner)
    June 23 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino (Styx)
    June 26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (Foreigner)

    June 27 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino (Styx)
    June 28 - Wantagh, NY  -  Nikon Jones Beach Theater (Foreigner)
    June 29 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand At Foxwoods (Styx)

    July 3 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center (Foreigner)
    July 4 - Scranton, PA -  Toyota Pavilion (Foreigner)
    July 5 - Bangor, ME - Darlings Waterfront (Styx)
    July 6 - Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion (Styx)
    July 8 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Bluesfest at Lebreton Flats Park (Foreigner)
    July 9 - Canandaigua, NY - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (Foreigner)
    July 10 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheater (Foreigner)
    July 12 - Kitchener, ON - Big Music Fest at McLennan Park (Foreigner only)
    July 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (Foreigner)
    July 18 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam (Styx)
    July 19 - Sloan, IA - WinnaVegas Casino (Foreigner)
    July 22 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (Foreigner)
    June 22 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre (Foreigner)
    July 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre (Styx)
    July 25 - Las Vegas, NV - Orleans Arena (Styx)
    July 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (Foreigner)
    July 27 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (Foreigner)
    August 1 - Redmond, WA - King County's Marymoor Park     (Foreigner)
    August 2 - Goldendale, WA - Maryhill Winery Amphitheater (Foreigner)
    August 15 - Louisville, KY - Freedom Hall at The Kentucky Expo Center   
    August 16 - Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre (schedule TBA)
    August 17 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand (Foreigner)
    August 29 - Fayetteville, AR - Arkansas Music Pavillion (Foreigner only)

CHECK IT OUT: Members of Foreigner and Styx with Don Felder in 2014 performing a medley of their hits on Fox News' Fox And Friends:

Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock

Ultimate Classic Rock reports Don Felder, Styx and Foreigner share new version of "Hotel California"


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