OGSR Covers Felder – Slash Playing “Hotel California” @ Gibson NAMM Party

OGSR Covers Felder – Slash Playing “Hotel California” @ Gibson NAMM Party

When “Hotel California” was announced the energy in the room jumped about 20 DB. Don Felder and Joe Walsh’s signature duet on that song is legendary. Felder was already onstage. Who was going to play the other part? I half expected to see Walsh come out on stage. Felder stepped to the microphone and said, ”I’m going to need some help with this one. Here is my friend Slash.”

The crowd went nuts and hundreds of iPhones locked on to the stage. 

The first thing I noticed as the song started was how articulate and clean Felder plays guitar. 

Suddenly I was having a déjà vu moment. I was at the LA forum years ago when the Eagles were on tour introducing the Hotel California album. I was here…and there. Living it all again.

When the famous duet began, Slash ripped the night open with his aggressive style. We all shot up a dose of history being made right here, right now. To me it never sounded better or more powerful. Felder and Slash took it to the limit.

One more time. 

Beat Buddy

Beat Buddy

Photo Above, Left: OGSR’s Randy Winters (R) talks with Beat Buddy’s David Packouz (L). “Our band (’50 Shades of 60′) has used the Beat Buddy for 3 years in various ways. It’s terrific,” said Winters.

It’s a drum machine in a “stomp-box.” It comes with a power supply and a patch cord to plug in the optional programmable foot switch. It also includes an SD card that comes loaded with 10 unique drum sets, with 220 styles in 10 different genres, including heavy metal, rock, punk, blues, country, techno and latin.

It only takes a quick glance at the pedal to understand it. The box has three knobs to create your sounds. Select the drum set you want, set the tempo and volume, and you’re ready to go. The easy to understand instructions explain what happens when you press the pedal.

  • Press the pedal once to start the beat with an intro fill and the beat starts.
  • Press the pedal once during the song to add a fill.
  • Press the pedal and hold it for a second to transition to a fuller sound.
  • Press the pedal and hold it again for a second to exit the fuller sound.
  • Double tap the pedal to end the song with an outro fill.

Said Winters, “I was so impressed with the BeatBuddy’s sound quality that I used it on several songs when we recorded our CD. It sounds as good or better than any loop in Logic Pro X. And once you become proficient, you can record a drum track in a take or two instead of spending hours building a track with fills and breaks using loops.

For more information about the Beat Buddy, click here.