Don Felder, the former Eagles guitarist, recently spoke to St. Louis radio station KSHE 95 and disclosed whether he harbored any ill will toward his ex-bandmates Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey. The musician elaborated: “I have nothing against any of those guys, especially Glenn.” He’s gone, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to sit down with him and just have a good human relationship.” He proceeded, recalling the Eagles’ glory days, by delivering a wake-up call that may have helped the band members maintain their friendship: “When we first got together, we were like a family, and the bigger it got, the more famous we became, the more money we had, and the more drugs we were all taking, the harder it got.
” When I first joined the band, Bernie Leadon, who was in my high school band, the Maundy Quintet, in Gainesville, Florida, stated we just needed a break. ‘Everyone should just take two or three weeks off and travel to Hawaii to get fresh, become strong, get off drugs, and then come back and regroup and go at it again.'” However, Henley and Frey did not take this advice, which caused further conflicts within the band: “That was the wisest thing anyone could have said, and no one listened.
” Don Henley and Glenn Frey simply wanted to keep going, to keep composing, recording, touring, and pushing. I’ve got to say there’s some wisdom in that, but the result of doing that nonstop for 11 and a half months out of the year is that you just get worn down at every nerve; the endings in your entire body are frayed, and so the smallest little thing can be irritating that you’d normally know otherwise not pay any attention to.” Felder believes that following Leadon’s recommendations would benefit the band at the time: “So, when that began to happen in the long run, that’s when all of the real personality conflicts and problems began to occur.
” So, following Bernie’s recommendation, I believe we should return to one of these hotels and take pauses.” Don Felder has maintained his career as a solo artist and collaborated with numerous musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Slash, Mick Fleetwood, and Alex Lifeson, after leaving the Eagles following a turbulent period. He also toured with a number of bands, including Styx, Foreigner, and REO Speedwagon. The full of his interview is available below.