Don Felder’s Life After Leaving The Eagles

It is never surprising to hear the departure of a band member since everybody knows how hard it is to keep the personal and professional relations within the band stable. It is infrequent for a group to have the same members from start to finish. The Eagles have been no different, either. Don Henley is the only original member left from the band’s original lineup. Don Felder, who joined the band in 1974, was one of the members who parted ways with the Eagles.

Don Felder contributed to four Eagles studio albums, including their most well-known album, ‘Hotel California,’ and was an active member of the band from 1974 to 1980. He returned to play with the group for their 1994 reunion and continued as a member until 2001. However, Felder was fired from the Eagles in 2001 due to his problems with the other band members. Don Felder’s departure was followed by several events like the lawsuits he brought to his former bandmates. Let’s see how his life has been after leaving the Eagles.

Don Felder Had ‘A Very Cleansing Process’ After The Eagles

Although Don Felder remained friends with former Eagles members Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, his relationship with Glenn Frey and Don Henley never got better in the following years. After being quiet in his music career following his departure from the band, Felder released his second solo studio album, ‘Road to Forever,’ in 2012. Over the next few years, he toured with his group alongside other famous rock acts like Styx, Foreigner, and REO Speedwagon. He kept writing for his next solo studio album, ‘American Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ released in 2019.

During an old interview following the release of his second solo studio album, Don Felder reflected on how he felt after departing from the Eagles. While talking about his memoir, ‘Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001),’ released in 2009, Felder likened writing his past experiences to writing songs since they helped him express his emotions at the moment. 

The guitarist revealed that the songs he wrote for the ‘Road to Forever’ album all came from the experiences he went through in his life. All he did was convey the feelings he had at that certain moment. He tried to pull all his effort to cleanse himself of his past bruises and scars. According to Don Felder, his process after the Eagles was also the same. He described it as a ‘lethargic experience’ in which the rocker questioned what he went through up to that point in his life and who he was.

Don Felder’s words regarding his life after the Eagles:

It was a very lethargic process and, as I said, while I was doing that, I was writing these songs which were an emotional release for a lot of those experiences, like the song ‘Fall From The Grace Of Love.’ That song came out of the divorce from my wife of 29 years. All of those experiences are within the songs on that record. It is all of those human experiences that we all go through.

For example, the song ‘Wash Away’ is all about how we are raised from childhood, and as we go through life, we end up with life’s bruises and scars all over our hearts and soul, and we want to find a way to cleanse ourselves of that. That’s really what that period was about for me after leaving The Eagles. It was a very cleansing process to write new songs and also get a firm understanding of who I was and how I got to where I was, so yes, it was a very lethargic experience for me.”

Considering what Don Felder said during the interview, he went through a long process of self-questioning after leaving the Eagles. He tried to evaluate the whole process in himself to understand how they came to that point. Of course, it was a challenging process for him, but Felder pulled through and continued his career.