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  • #31
    You are correct but Heavy Metal wasn't an Eagles song either. It was him solo on that soundtrack.


    That wasn't Sammy Hagar?

    Sure sounds like him...
    Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

    The show, no matter how retarded, must go on. This is why musicians drink so much, alcohol helps them cope with facts by enveloping their brains and auditory senses in a haze of thickly applied B.S.

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    • #32
      That wasn't Sammy Hagar?

      Sure sounds like him...

      Wrong "Heavy Metal" dude.

      Felder's was "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)".

      Here:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUEEVcuaOCU
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      • #33
        Wrong "Heavy Metal" dude.

        Felder's was "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)".

        Here:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUEEVcuaOCU


        DOH! Completely forgot about that one.
        Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

        The show, no matter how retarded, must go on. This is why musicians drink so much, alcohol helps them cope with facts by enveloping their brains and auditory senses in a haze of thickly applied B.S.

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        • #34
          henley might be a raging dick, but in my opinion he is the true talent in that band. he had the voice and the lyrics.

          his solo albums in the 80s prove that he would probably have been succesful without the other guys. the same can't be said for anyone else in that band (besides joe walsh)

          without the lyrics and vocal melodies, 'hotel california' would have been a forgettable b-side with great guitar work, not an international classic.
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          • #35
            without the lyrics and vocal melodies, 'hotel california' would have been a forgettable b-side with great guitar work, not an international classic.


            From what I understand, and I may be wrong, the vocal melodies were actually written by Don Felder - Henley and Frey wrote most of the words for it and tweaked the melody a bit to fit. And they came up with the idea of the theme of the song together.

            So don't take away too much credit from Felder. He gave Henley a ****************load to work with.

            And to completely ignore Frey's contribution to the song isn't exactly fair, either.
            Brian V.
            "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

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            • #36
              From what I understand, and I may be wrong, the vocal melodies were actually written by Don Felder - Henley and Frey wrote most of the words for it and tweaked the melody a bit to fit. And they came up with the idea of the theme of the song together.

              So don't take away too much credit from Felder. He gave Henley a ****************load to work with.

              And to completely ignore Frey's contribution to the song isn't exactly fair, either.
              Brian V.


              Joe Walsh said that "Hotel California"s music was 100% Felder.
              He wrote all the guitar parts, and came up with the vocal melody on the chorus. Walsh said he helped a little bit with the arrangement, but not enough to take a credit.
              The lyrics were being brainstormed by Frey, Henley and J.D. Souther, as the music was being written. For whatever reason, Souther's lyrics were discarded.
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              • #37
                I don't know anything about the Eagles/Don Felder verbal dispute, but seeing Don Felder in concert this year convinced me absolutely that this guy is all that. His band was absolutely superb, and his concert was end to end solid, killer songs. I was a local roadie working on the show, but I would have happily paid admission.

                Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) is one of my favorite songs, and seeing him do it live absolutely tore the roof off. Those Shoes also sounded unbelievable. If you get a chance to see Don Felder live, You won't regret going. I swear.

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                • #38
                  read the book. regardless of money, the kind of **************** that goes on in some bands has got to eat you up. you'd wonder why seemingly successful money making bands implode, or why a member leaves...because even all that money isn't worth the pain of going through stuff or playing music you're no longer happy with.

                  same with andy summers book. have no idea how he put up with being treated like he was for the life of the band

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                  • #39
                    If Don Henley was an ****************************, well, TFB. He wrote the hits, he sang the songs, etc., etc., etc. The Eagles were an incredibly successful band (last I looked, Greatest Hits was still the greatest selling album of all time!!), and Henley probably more than anyone else in the band was responsible for it.

                    If I were in the Eagles (stop laughing!!), I think the fame, fortune, and babes would quite adequately make up for getting my feelings hurt because people weren't worshiping me too.

                    The same with Andy Summers. From what I read, he thought he was the hot shot musician and should have been the recognized hero. TFB. He should be grateful he got where he did. What kind of solo career did he have? (sound of one hand clapping smiley face here).

                    Look at Henley and Sting. Both of them had wildly successful solo careers. NOBODY else in the Eagles or the Police came even close. And that's where the proof is. You think you're the reason why your band is famous? Break away and show us your stuff.

                    Henley and Sting walk the walk. I'll happily respect the others, and take great pleasure from their music (especially Joe Walsh), but those two are the ones who made it happen.

                    Everybody else, quit your bitchin!
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                    • #40
                      Good book, good insights...personaly, after about 5 of these bios, I am a little tired of hearing about all the personality stuff...but I think if someone is serious about making it the music biz, this is required reading...

                      I particularly was interested in the insights into the creative process, recording, nuts and bolts...good stuff...

                      A guy could do worse then having Don Felder tell you how one of the most successfull bands ever cranked out hit after hit.

                      Anyone seen the new Michael Jackson movie 'This is it' ?

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBpjRDqZuhw

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                      • #41
                        I really enjoyed the book.

                        I'm neither a big Eagles fan, nor an Eagles hater.

                        Frankly, I consider them to be a 'greatest hits' band - That is, a band where if you have the Greatest hits CD and nothing else, you're not really missing anything.

                        They were a decent easy listening band (think Bread, or America) until they added Felder and Walsh, and then for two albums they became a 'classic rock' band.

                        That being said, Henley and Frey have always seemed to be world class douchebags with a grotesquely inflated sense of their own importance.


                        Ditto...
                        Good reading for a rock star bio.
                        Just confirms what we already know. Dysfunction reigns supreme! People succeed in spite of themselves! Talent and success have nothing to do with happiness...and on and on. I feel better about myself now.
                        "Circular logic is the best logic because it's circular"

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                        • #42
                          I recently picked this book up and can't put it down; I am amazed at all of the cross pollination that was going on back then. I had no idea these guys ran in the same circles as Tom Petty, Grahm Nash, Stephen Stills, Jackson Browne to name a few. Pettys band jumping off the stage to kick the crap out of that chicks drunk boyfriend was hysterical.

                          Just got to the part where he meets the Eagles for the first time; the line about Henley being aloof and Don writing it off as "pre show nervousness" is classic.
                          Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

                          The show, no matter how retarded, must go on. This is why musicians drink so much, alcohol helps them cope with facts by enveloping their brains and auditory senses in a haze of thickly applied B.S.

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                          • #43
                            Just finished this book.

                            wow.

                            It should be required reading for anyone even remotely involved in music.
                            Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

                            The show, no matter how retarded, must go on. This is why musicians drink so much, alcohol helps them cope with facts by enveloping their brains and auditory senses in a haze of thickly applied B.S.

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                            • #44
                              "And by tomorrow morning I'll have Glen Frey's stink all over me." ROT mo-fuggin' L


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                              • #45
                                It's one of those books that I'll browse through again for sure. Just listening to the Eagles Millenium concert on CD and I was thinking about Don's case of the influenza on the "Please Come For XMAS" solo. Still nailed it. Or was it "fixed up" back in the shop. LOL.

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