Niagara Falls, Ontario
Thursday March 13, 2014
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
One night following a blizzard that hit the Niagara Region, Don Felder played to another capacity crowd at one of his favorite venues the Avalon Theatre inside Fallsview Casino Resort. The show marked the first of a three night run and brought some much needed relief to the patrons who were able to take their minds off the weather for a few hours.
Felder hit em’ hard and fast coming out of the gate with his signature song “Hotel California.” From there the barrage continued with “Already Gone” and “One Of These Nights.” Needless to say he had the crowd’s attention from the very start.
Joining him were keyboardist Timothy Drury who played with him on The Eagles Hell Freezes Over tour, along with guitarist Frank Simes, bassist Shem von Schroeck and drummer Chris Ralles who also plays these days for Pat Benatar.
Felder and crew dished up several great renditions of Eagles gems such as “Victim Of Love” and “Those Shoes” both of which he helped write. Felder also sprinkled in a few songs from his latest album Road To Forever as well as an interesting cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Change It.”
Besides playing guitar and writing songs Felder is an author as well. His book the New York Times bestseller Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), is arguably one of the best rock and roll books ever written.
Don Felder is the man responsible for coming up with “Hotel California” the song that is considered the career defining song in the Eagles whole catalog. It helped anchor the Hotel California album which also remains their biggest selling studio album to date. Without Felder the Eagles may not have reached the height of success they achieved. His show is highly recommended as he celebrates his former band’s songs and plays them traditionally and honestly.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview conducted after the show with Mr. Don Felder
One Of These Nights
Pride & Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan Cover)
You Don’t Have Me
Victim Of Love
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Seven Bridges Road
Girls In Black
The Long Run
Life In The Fast Lane
Take It Easy
Special thanks to Amanda Cagan and Jennifer Murphy for all their assistance.