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And you listen to other music, and then two weeks later you have this great idea and realize, “Wait a minute. I was just listening to him.” You get these subtle, underlying influences.
When I’m writing, I don’t listen to anything, but when I’m not, I do listen to a variety of not only what’s happening right now, but also artists who are triple threats — artists who write, sing and play their own music.
So we did a bunch of takes, then creatively edited it, made some room for me to play and answer some of his stuff so I would be playing on my own record, too.
(laughs) LI: “Little Latin Lover” is you on an acoustic guitar playing flamenco style, which shows another side of your playing that we don’t get to hear much, but is very good. The last time I was able to play a nylon-string guitar on a record was the re-arrangement of “Hotel California” for the “Hell Freezes Over” video.
Listen Iowa caught up with Felder recently to talk about the new album, putting together the iconic “Hotel California” guitar solos, and his advice to young musicians.
Listen Iowa: Congratulations on the release of your new solo album, “American Rock ’N’ Roll.” What was the game plan — if you had one — heading into this album?
While the energetic and upbeat 71-year-old could comfortably sit back and rest on his laurels and spoils of decades past, having been a part of one of the world’s largest and most successful bands in the history of rock n’ roll, he hasn’t. “I love music,” Felder said in a recent phone interview with Listen Iowa. I don’t have to go out there and work anymore, but I just love to make music, and I love to make people happy.
A lot of people do the exact opposite and go out and listen to current music, hits and ideas that are on the radio right now.
In the song, the next to the last verse, it talks about Guns N’ Roses, and Slash and Rose.
I thought if I could get Slash in and just play a few licks it would be really cool.
I have the ultimate respect for the artists who are able to write, sing and play. She can go on writing and singing and playing for decades. He’s self-contained and has a unique identity in that form.
I think that’s what makes a long range career that has legs. Her voice is spectacular, and her writing is great. LI: Speaking of icons, you got Slash on the record in “American Rock ’N’ Roll.”DF: I’ve known Slash, and we’ve hung out and done some charity events together.