Don Felder Says Hotel California's Solo Nearly Didn't Happen
Former Eagles guitarist has recalled how the original solos on the band’s classic “Hotel California” were nearly “lost.”
When he turned up for recording sessions for the album, Felder began playing a different solo, only for drummer Don Henley insist he play exactly the same thing he had done on the demo.
Felder tells Rock Cellar: “On the demo I changed guitars and played one lick and kind of duelled with myself. When we went into the studio to record the solo, Joe Walsh and I set up and to play the ending on the record. I started and played a lick and Don Henley went ‘stop, that's not right.’ And I said ‘what do you mean it’s not right, we’re just gonna make these solos up.’
“He said ‘no no no, you have to play them exactly like what’s on your demo.’ We were in Miami and the demo cassette was at my house in Malibu. I had to call my housekeeper and have her go get a cassette machine, find the demo cassette in the studio and play it to us in the studio over the phone.
“We recorded it onto another cassette machine in the studio. Then I had to go out, sit in the studio and re-learn what I’d already played a year before that.”
Of course, if Don had had a Memory Cable!!!!