Don Felder’s Heavy Metal Music Video

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Don Felder’s Heavy Metal Music Video is a powerful and visually stunning work of art that any fan of the genre should see.


This music video by Don Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles, showcases some of the greatest guitar work of the 20th century. The video features Felder shredding on his double-neck guitar while playing along to a track from his solo album, “Airborne”.

Don Felder’s musical career

Don Felder’s musical career began when he was a founding member of the Eagles. He played guitar on some of the band’s most iconic songs, including “Hotel California.”

In 2001, Felder released his solo album, “Airborne.” The album’s title track was used in the movie “Rock Star,” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Felder has also appeared in other movies, including “The Devil’s Rejects” and “The Bad News Bears.”

The making of the “Heavy Metal” music video

In 1981, Don Felder of the Eagles released his first solo album, Airborne. The album’s lead single was “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)”, which was accompanied by a music video that received heavy rotation on MTV.

The video was directed by Bruce Gowers, who also directed videos for Queen, Wings and George Harrison. It was shot in Los Angeles and featured Felder riding a motorcycle through the city streets.

The video was met with positive reception from fans and critics alike. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video in 1982.

The video’s success

The video was an instant success upon release, and became one of the most requested videos on MTV. The success of the video helped to launch Felder’s solo career, and he went on to release his debut album, Airborne, in 1983.

The video features Felder performing with his band in a dimly-lit room intercut with footage of a woman (played by actress Lisa Hartman) dancing provocatively in a similar room. The woman is shown to be wearing nothing but a pair of black panties and a black bra, and her dance moves are often suggestive and seductive.

The video was directed by Jim Yukich, who would go on to become one of the most successful music video directors of the 1980s. Yukich would later work with Felder again on the videos for “All Push, No Pull” and “Girls in Black.”

Felder’s post-“Heavy Metal” career

Don Felder is best known for his work as a guitarist with the Eagles, but he has also enjoyed a successful solo career. His first solo album, Airborne, was released in 1983 and featured the hit single “All of You.” The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1986, Felder released his second album, Solo Flyer. The album’s first single, “Goodbye Hollywood,” reached #22 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album’s second single, “Wounded Bird,” peaked at #39 on the same chart.

Felder’s third album, True Love, was released in 1989. The album’s title track was a duet with country singer Juice Newton. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #73 on the Hot 100 chart.

Felder’s fourth and most recent solo album, Road to Forever, was released in 2012. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart and #2 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.

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