Don Felder has been busy. And he’s about to get even busier.
The former lead guitarist of The Eagles and co-writer of “Hotel California” has joined up with his good buddies in Styx and some new friends in Foreigner for this summer’s “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour.
Collectively, they’ve sold over 250 million albums around the world. They come armed with 36 No. 1 and top-10 memorable hit singles still being played on classic rock radio over 500,000 times every year.
Seeing these bands here and now will rekindle past memories and new generations will have a chance to experience these musical legends. There acts are still in their prime.
The tour kicks off May 16, in Oklahoma City, OK at the Zoo Amphitheatre and they hit the Atlanta area on May 24 at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre. Tickets for various cities are on sale and still available. Check out the tour’s official website, www.soundtrackofsummer.com.
Speaking with Felder, he said he was on board from the beginning.
“The whole proposition, when it came up of touring with Styx and Foreigner was very exciting to me,” said Felder. “I’ve known the guys in Styx for years. Tommy Shaw co-wrote a couple songs on my last record and we’ve played together and have had great reception from the audience.”
Another reason Felder signed on was in short, no drama.
“Everyone in (Styx) from the band to the crew to the people are really great. It’s fun to spend time with them. When I met Foreigner and spent some time in the studio with them, preparing for this tour, I realized this is going to be a lot of fun.”
The triple bill will follow a standard format, but when you put together three acts with catalogs like these guys have, expect some surprises.
“I’ll do an hour first,” explained Felder. “A lot of rock and roll, I do some of songs I co-wrote with The Eagles- “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Those Shoes” as well as some solo material like Heavy Metal, songs from my new CD and a tip of the hat to Stevie Ray Vaughn. There is a lot of variety in my show.”
How could there not be?
“It’s going to be a great 4-hour show and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” adds Felder, who counts 27 years with The Eagles and is also a best-selling author.
I agree with Felder. This is one show you don’t want to miss this summer.
Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer who covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.