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Checking in with Don Felder

The former Eagles guitarist, who’s actively promoting his latest solo album, carves out time in his schedule to play star-studded concert in Los Angeles benefiting Autism Speaks.

By Chris M. Junior

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As of late March, Don Felder had not seen the entire “History of The Eagles: The Story of an American Band” documentary that premiered on Showtime in mid-February.

“I’ve seen a couple of the things,” says Felder, who during his three-hour-plus interview for the documentary “was trying to be as honest and sincere as I could.”

One part Felder did see was Glenn Frey’s take on the issues that led to Felder’s firing in 2001.

“He seems to still harbor a lot of ill feelings and resentment — whatever,” Felder says. “And I don’t know if there’s anyone who can help him with that. People feel the way they feel. I wish he could take his own advice and get over it. I certainly have.”

He sure has — in more ways than one. In October, the Rocket Science Ventures label released “Road to Forever,” the first solo album by Felder since 1983’s “Airborne” (his solo debut). Felder’s latest single is “Wash Away,” which he co-wrote with Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, who also sings backing vocals on the song.

Felder has been actively promoting “Road to Forever” through radio appearances and gigs. His next performance, though — scheduled for April 13 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles — will be about promoting the efforts of Autism Speaks. Dubbed Light Up the Blues, the benefit concert’s other scheduled performers include Ryan Adams, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and event co-host Stephen Stills, a longtime Felder friend who’s a big advocate for the organization.

Felder says, “Stephen and I were talking, the benefit came up, and I said, ‘If there’s anything I can do — I’ve done a lot of work for Autism Speaks — please let me know.’

“And the next thing I know, I’m on the bill,” he adds with a laugh.

At the show, Crosby, Stills and Nash will add their voices to Felder’s “Fall from the Grace of Love,” just like they did on the version that opens his latest album.

“We’re going to do a couple of other songs together,” Felder adds. “It’s going to be a really great night to raise a lot of good money for probably one of the best causes, I think, for young children today.”