Originally Published: October 10, 2018 9:53 p.m.
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is coming to Prescott, performing at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center for one show Saturday, Oct. 13.
Felder, whose riffs can be heard on “One of These Nights,” “New Kid in Town” and “Hotel California,” was with The Eagles from 1974 to 2001. Though he’s been to several other places in Arizona, this will be his first visit to Prescott, he said.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Felder was friends with Duane and Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Duane Allman was the first person Felder ever saw play electric-slide guitar and was the one who taught him. They were hanging out one night after the two of them had finished playing shows with their bands and Allman was sitting on the floor playing, so Felder said he asked how to play it.
“I sat down, he showed me the tuning, showed me some of the basic beginning pulls on how to play slide and different positions of the guitar,” he told the Courier this week. “I’ve never developed the skills to be able to emulate him, but always revere him as the best slide guitar player, I think, in the business.”
From that floor to being the guitarist for some of classic rock’s most recognized classics, Felder said that progression is something you never anticipate or expect when starting out playing an instrument.
Everyone may have a dream of being known worldwide in the back of their minds, but only a few are ever blessed with the opportunity to have the chance to play for a lot of people, much less play music that the masses love for a lot of people, he said. It’s a great honor to be recognized for his work and what he’s done with The Eagles and individually.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday show range from $38 to $68 with a $4 service fee added to each ticket. Pre-show dinner tickets are $36 and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.ycpac.com, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office, 1100 E. Sheldon St.
The set list for the show is going to be kind of a mix, containing Eagles songs Felder co-wrote and recorded when he was with the band, such as “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Heartache Tonight,” as well as some of his own songs. There will also be a salute to Stevie Ray Vaughn called “Pride and Joy,” which Felder said gives him a chance to step outside of Eagles songs and just play guitar. He’ll also do “Heavy Metal,” which he wrote for a 1980s animated movie and is a big crowd pleaser.
“It’s a really fun, packed rock ’n’ roll upbeat show,” Felder said. “By the end of the night, everybody’s up on their feet, they’ve got their cell phones out, dancing, taking videos, posting them online, just having a great time.”
For the songs he writes, Felder said he gets his inspiration from life.
The human experience is full of songs, music, literature and experiences that can be shared in different forms of creativity, and his most valid songs and writings come from his life experiences regardless of how cleverly they’re disguised as something else.
Anyone who loves music from The Eagles is going to enjoy the show, which is probably as close to The Eagles as they’re going to get without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars to hear their music, Felder said.
His band is a remarkable one as well with a drummer who works with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, as well as David Gilmour; a keyboard player who was with him during the Eagles’ “Hell Freezes Over Tour,” has worked with Stevie Nicks and was in White Snake for a few years; and a guitar player who has played with Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney, Felder said.
“Everybody in the band has an exceptional gift,” Felder said.
At the end of the show, Felder said he usually comes back out to the front of the stage to sign a few autographs.
For more information about Don Felder’s performance at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, visit www.ycpac.com.