SALAMANCA - When someone is asked if they have heard of the band, The Eagles, the first thing that may come to mind is that they "can check out any time you'd like, but you may never leave," in reference to the iconic classic rock song, "Hotel California."
Another thing that comes to mind is the masterful work done on guitar by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and New York Times bestselling author Don Felder. He brings his masterful guitar work to the Events Center of the Seneca Allegany Casino this Saturday.
Felder, a guitarist that has inspired many to pick up an axe, even rumored to have given lessons to a young Tom Petty, has worked with artists other than The Eagles, including people such as Michael Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Elton John, The Bee Gees and Bob Seager. At 7 p.m. Saturday, he will be in Salamanca, playing some of the hits that made The Eagles great, as well as songs that have been on solo work and a tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
"Just kind of jamming with that one," Felder said. "But the rest of the show is going to be a night of rock 'n' roll."
It's been four decades since the musical journey has started for Felder. The path has been a chance to look back on life and figure out what happened, and how he got to where he is. That idea, along with a regimen of daily meditations on his life, taking each event since the age of 10 into account, lead to Felder's autobiography, "Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles."
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"It (writing the book) was a way to reconcile my life from the time of being 10 years old, almost destitute, living on a dirt road in Florida," he said. "It was a very cathartic process, figuring out what happened and how I got where I did. I mean, I grew up with a mother that pulled me to church every week by my ear, and then was pulled down a path of promiscuity, alcoholism and drugs."
The book was accompanied with time in the studio, he continued. Having a home studio since the 1980s, Felder said there were strong emotional experiences that had to be dealt with in the best way he knew, music.
"I am more comfortable writing songs than I am writing text," Felder said. "I was a really poor English student. I would prefer to write music."
That he did, resulting in his solo album, "Road to Forever."
The music being the pavement for his journey, Felder said the song he co wrote, as well as the guys he performed with, in The Eagles produced a time that he will never forget.
"I appreciate the work that we did in the band," he said. "I was fortunate to be together with some really talented people, some great musician. We produced some great music, with pride and integrity. Members came in and out of the band, but the end result is the quality of our music. None of us have been able to produce the same quality of music since then."
Don Felder will be on stage at the Seneca Allegany Casino, in Salamanca, Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com and start at $25. Because it is a casino, no one under the age of 18 is admitted without a responsible adult.