Don Felder, the man who wrote the original music that became the Eagles’ mega-hit, “Hotel California,’’ will perform An Evening With Don Felder on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
Born in Gainesville, Fla., in 1947, Felder’s career as one for rock’s great songwriters and guitar players includes teaching fellow Gainesville native Tom Petty how to play guitar; playing on the Continentals with future Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon (a fellow Gainesville High School alum); and learning slide guitar from the legendary Duane Allman.
Felder (along with Joe Walsh) has been credited as a driving influence that took the Eagles’ “Topanga Canyon’’ country/rock sound it gleaned from Gram Parsons’ Flying Burrito Brothers band (Leadon was a member of the Burritos), into the rock and roll mainstream.
Parsons, by the way, was born in Winter Haven, Fla., in 1946 (he died in 1973) and is considered by many to be the father of the country rock sound that Eagles co-founders Leadon, Glenn Frey and Don Henley channeled on the group’s first three albums, particularly its second release, the classic “Desperado.’’
Earlier this year, Felder, a member of the Eagles from 1974 to 2001 (the group took 14 years off in between those years), released his first solo album in seven years, “American Rock ‘N’ Roll.’’ One of the best rock albums of 2019, “American Rock ‘N’ Roll’’ is a hard-charging venture that features fellow guitar gods Slash, Joe Satriani and Richie Sambora, along with drummer Mick Fleetwood and singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar.
Felder is member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted with the Eagles back in 1998. He is also a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Felder wrote a memoir, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), which became an instant New York Times best-seller.
Tickets for An Evening with Don Felder are priced at $25-$45 per person are on sale now via Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 653-8000. The Pavilion box office will also open at 1 p.m. on the day of the show for on-site ticket purchases and will-call pickup.
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