Don Felder was happy to participate in the new "History of the Eagles" documentary about his former band, but he's not a big fan of the finished product.
Felder, who joined the group in 1974 and was dismissed in 2001, tells us that the contributions he and other former members of the band, such as Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner were given short shrift compared to the attention paid to primary songwriters Glenn Frey and Don Henley:
"Over and all I thought it was OK. I didn't think it was really an accurate documentary. It was more of a Henley/Frey-glorified documentary of their work, literally giving very little credit to all the other people who worked so hard in building that whole kind of history of recordings, including Bernie, Randy, myself, the other things that people brought to it like (producer) Bill Szymczyk. To me it's like a football quarterback who has just won the Super Bowl saying, 'I'm great. I played such a great game, and I did it all' as opposed to realizing it was a large team of a lot of people working together the make it happen."
Felder and the Eagles filed lawsuits against each other after he was kicked out of the band in 2001, which were settled out of court six years later. He published a revealing memoir, "Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)" in 2006.
Interestingly, Henley has commented that one of the Eagles' former members will be joining the band for its tour dates this year but pointedly said it would not be Felder.