Don Felder Explains New Version of Eagles Classic Hotel California

antiMusic's Morley Seaver spoke with Eagles legend Don Felder ahead of the Soundtrack of Summer tour where he will be hitting the road with Foreigner and Styx.

During the interview Morley asked Don about the remake of "Hotel California" that appears on the Soundtrack of Summer compilation album that is being released in conjunction with the tour.

Felder explained the reason behind the remake, "Well they wanted to put out a soundtrack CD for the Soundtrack of Summer tour. So Foreigner had some songs they were going to re-record. Styx had re-recorded some of their stuff and management asked me what song or two I'd like to re-record and I said, obviously "Hotel California" would be the most fun to do. Tommy and I have already played it together. Styx and I have already played it together.

"So I worked out this version that starts out this sort of steel string, acoustic introduction and then slowly it builds with some percussion. By the time you get to the last verse, the drums come in and it turns electric and I take a solo, then Tommy Shaw takes a solo and then Mick Jones takes a solo. We trade off singing the verses. Tommy sings a verse, I sing a verse, Kelly Hansen sings a verse. We all sing the harmonies on the chorus. It just turned into so much fun doing it, and came out so well, that I said, this is going to be so much fun. I'm hoping that we'll have time to be able to work that up so that we can play it live together. I think that would be fantastic."

Read the rest of the interview here.

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