by Dr. Nancy Berk
photo by Patrick Gray
"February 11 is National Guitar Day. In honor of the day, let’s revisit some of the coolest guys behind those guitars.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Eagle Don Felder has been rocking the guitar since his garage band days in high school. The 69-year-old Grammy winner (he co-wrote the 1978 Record of the Year Hotel California), will be forever linked to his iconic and magical Hotel California guitar solo with Joe Walsh— which also showcased his award-winning collaborative nature.
Felder’s latest album Road to Forever is a nod to his musical and life journey. Born to rock, Felder maintains a busy tour schedule, most recently working with iconic band Styx in a Las Vegas mini-residency Renegades in The Fast Lane.
“You just love what you’re doing,” he says. “And it’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it’s not about the awards on your mantel. It’s really about what you cherish most in life at the time—your obsession. And music has been, literally, one of my first loves and still has yet to betray me or abandon me at this point. Where other loves have come and gone in my life, music has always been there for me. And I have just invested, literally, my whole waking consciousness and probably some of my sleeping unconsciousness in the world of music. And I do it for none of the other reasons other than I absolutely love it.”
Read more about National Guitar Day onParade.com