Don Felder’s masterful new album Road to Forever — remarkably, only the influential guitarist and songwriter’s second solo album, and first since 1983 — features twelve rousing, guitar-driven original tracks anchored firmly in the classic LA-rock sound he perfected as guitarist for the Eagles for 27 years. Filled with songs that reflect on life, love’s gains and losses, and redemption, the album is a return to center stage for the celebrated musician.
Road to Forever was conceived during a long period of introspection that also resulted in his hit book “Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001).” After his acrimonious separation from the Eagles and the dissolution of his 29-year marriage, Felder was inspired to “write out the stories of my life as songs. After I collected myself, I found I needed to go out and play music again, and that’s how I began recording the album. In the process, I found out who I really am – I had to find out what happened when I almost lost it all.”
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Felder wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the set, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers — long-time cohorts and friends including: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills; Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto; Randy Jackson; Tommy Shaw and others. Produced by Felder along with Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, Steve Vai), Road to Forever will be released October 9 on Rocket Science Ventures.
A four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with the Eagles, Felder was one of that group’s longest-running members and is one of the most influential guitarists of all time, having composed the music to the massive hit single “Hotel California.” In 2008 he added “New York Times best selling author” to his long list of accomplishments with “Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001).” Felder has also contributed his singular guitar style to numerous classic albums by Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Bob Seger and others. On Road to Forever Felder brings his full six-string prowess to bear, providing a powerful edge to his best songwriting in years.
Felder will embark on a series of high profile dates this fall.
Track listing for Road to Forever
Fall From the Grace of Love
Girls in Black
I Believe in You
You Don’t Have Me
Road to Forever
Give My Life