Fired Guitarist Sues Eagles Bandmates

Don Felder's suit says Don Henley, Glenn Frey treated him as a 'subordinate'; seeks dissolution and accounting of business partnership.

Guitarist Don Felder has responded to his dismissal from the Eagles with a lawsuit against former bandmates Don Henley and Glenn Frey.

Felder, who was fired from the band last Tuesday, filed the suit Friday in a California Superior Court, according to the Associated Press. In the suit, which seeks an undisclosed sum, Felder claims Henley and Frey wrongfully fired him and treated him as a hired hand for most of his time with the band.

The suit seeks to dissolve Eagles Ltd. — a business partnership involving Felder, Henley and Frey — and to produce a full accounting of every single business transaction, which includes record royalties and revenue from touring and merchandise, made by the company since Felder became a partner in 1974.

"Despite each being a one-third owner of Eagles Ltd.," the lawsuit says, "Henley and Frey have consistently treated Felder as a subordinate, with complete disregard for his rights."

Felder joined the Eagles in 1974. He had a hand in one of the band's biggest hits, 1977's "Hotel California" (RealAudio excerpt) — Felder helped write the song and sculpted its guitar solos.

Lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, who represents Henley and Frey, said his clients had a right to terminate Felder. However, the lawyer declined to say why Felder was fired.

"The band is going forward," Petrocelli said Saturday. "This was done in the best interest of the band."