SALAMANCA - He promised a night of rock 'n' roll and the blues, and Don Felder delivered a great evening of both.
To say the guitarwork on stage was great would sell the show short. The crowd, only about three-quarters of the 2,500 capacity of the Events Center of the Seneca Allegany Casino, sang, waved their arms, and danced to tunes, ranging from the 1970s in The Eagles, all the way to new material from Felder's solo release.
From the show's opening number, "Hotel California," until Felder and his band, all-stars in their own right, electrified the air with some thumping bass guitar and some incredible harmonization on a live performance of The Eagles' hit, "Seven Bridges Road."
Don Felder, former lead guitarist and songwriter on many hits by The Eagles, plays his trademark double neck guitar as he and his band open the show at the Seneca Allegany Casino, in Salamanca, with “Hotel California.”
Photo by Chris Chapman
Talking between songs was a rare thing, with only a few sentences needed to introduce each song, Felder and his band filled the large majority of their hour and a half set with guitar work that would make the most ardent guitar fan feel chills and goosebumps at the same time.
After kicking things off with a great rendition of the hit, Felder and his band move to The Eagles classic, "Already Gone," and into "One of These Nights." As the audience settled into the pace, an amazing tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, singing "Pride and Joy."
Felder hit a few tunes off his solo work, "Road to Forever," in a song that deals with an ever-present part of life, pain.
The song, "Wash Away the Pain," should be required listening for those low times. Also from the solo work, Felder paid tribute to one of the rock world's most long-standing figures, "Girls in Black."
To fill out the evening, Felder performed "Victim of Love," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Tequila Sunrise," "Witchy Woman," "Life in the Fast Lane" and, featuring the guitar voice box, "Those Shoes."
The musical mix was perfect for the house, giving the music the perfect blend to be able to hear even the most subtle finger slip on the frets of a guitar, or the slide moving from bar to bar.
The first-class facility, with a multimillion dollar digital sound board, camera and video screens to go with an incredible light show, met each technical demand with equally responsible, and respectable access for the older concert-goers that wanted to enjoy the sounds of a different time, the staff at the casino helped accommodate.
From helping to make wheelchair-bound patrons to assisting those with walkers, or even just having difficulty getting around, the staff made sure everyone was able to enjoy the music and the show.