“The Big Interview with Dan Rather” returns on Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV. Legendary Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder joins award-winning journalist and AXS TV host Dan Rather to discuss his prolific music career, which spans over five decades.
In a sneak peek video clip of the upcoming episode, Rather asks Felder what he thinks made the Eagles’ iconic hit “Hotel California” so successful. Felder smiled at first and said if he knew “the formula” he could repeat it, “like a recipe,” but he didn’t think “there is a repeating recipe” in that song.”
Felder co-wrote the track with fellow Eagles members Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was a huge hit, earning a Record of the Year Grammy Award in 1978. Five decades later, the song remains one of the biggest rock songs of all time.
Felder credits a combination of things to the song’s success, including the basic chord progression he created, the “brilliant lyrics” Henley penned along with Henley's "really beautiful" vocals, “the incredible guitar stuff” he and Joe Walsh did at the end of the song, and more.
He tells Rather, “All of those elements together in one song - as a matter of fact, when we finished that record, I remember we were in the studio and the record company had been banging on the door wanting to get that record done and out. They wanted it, wanted it, wanted it. So finally, we had a playback party for them. Everything was mixed and we had a bunch of record executives down. We played it and when ‘Hotel California’ played back, Don turned around and said, ‘That’s gonna be our next single.’”
Rather and Felder discuss a long list of topics in the in-depth hour-long interview. Felder recounts his lifelong passion for music, that started when he was 10 years old. He talks about the songs he listened to while battling polio at the tender age of five, how The Eagles compilation Greatest Hits: Volume One became the best-selling album of all time, supporting his daughter Leah James’ music career, why he plays a double-neck guitar and much more.
Rock fans everywhere won’t want to miss this intimate and exclusive conversation, which unfolds in Dan Rather’s signature laid-back, meticulously comprehensive style. Watch the sneak peek clip below and be sure to tune in to AXS TV for “The Big Interview” this Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to hear everything Don Felder has to say.