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Don Felder's proud of ties to Eagles, Glenn Frey

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Despite an acrimonious parting of the ways back in 2000, Don Felder has no reservations about honoring his Eagles past -- or paying tribute to the group's late co-founder Glenn Frey, especially in his home town.

"I can't come to Detroit and not pay homage to Glenn and all the work we did together and kind of salute him during some of the songs that are in the show," Felder, 68 -- who plays Friday night, July 15, at Rockin' on the Riverfront in downtown Detroit -- says by phone from his home in Los Angeles.

"I want to give a tip of my hat to my ex-bandmate, who I created so many great songs with. And hopefully that sincerity will be received with warm hearts."

Felder has, in fact, been nothing but gracious since Royal Oak native Frey passed away ??. That's saying something since Frey threatened to a physical confrontation at the end of the first phase of the Eagles in 1980, and since Felder sued Frey and other Eagles principals after his dismissal from the band. The matter was settled out of court, and Felder detailed his dealings with the band in his 2007 memoir "Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)."

Felder did join the Eagles for the group's 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, though he says his conciliatory gestures over the years

have gone unanswered.

"I've tried multiple times and never got much of a response," says Felder, who's been recording material for a solo EP he hopes to release next year. "I didn't want to rejoin the band or anything; I just wanted to shake hands and hug and just dispel that tension and friction that seemed like it was always there and just move on.

"That never happened and sadly I was never able to do that with Glenn before he passed. So there is some regret that the response to my outreaches were always sort of ignored."

Nevertheless Felder is wholeheartedly celebrating this year's key Eagles anniversary -- the 40th anniversary of the 16-times platinum "Hotel California" album and its iconic title track, which Felder co-wrote.

"It was a magical combination of people that worked together on that entire album. It was just a very unusual combination of multiple talents," he says now. "I think everyone that was there at the time, there was a huge contribution from everyone.

"I'm very proud to have been part of it, and very thankful I was allowed to bring music to the band and express my ideas."

Don Felder

8 p.m. Friday, July 8.

Rockin' on the Riverfront at the Riverfront Plaza behind the GM RenCen in downtown Detroit.

Admission is free.

Visit gmrencen.com for more details.

Web Site: www.gmrecen.com

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