Friday, July 23, 2010

Tickets now on sale for Don Felder concert

Thompson Memorial fundraiser is Aug. 18

Don Felder was a big hit in more ways than one during last year’s Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament in Sun Valley. Express photographer David N. Seelig snapped a photo of Felder performing his first “An Evening at Hotel California” benefit concert. The photo was sold at the annual event’s live auction in Sun Valley. Former Thompson Memorial board chairman and longtime supporter Brad Corbett of Texas (left) bought the print for $13,000. Two other bidders also paid $13,000 for the print, held here by Thompson Memorial president and tournament director Georgie Fenton (right). Felder stands in the center. Photo by David N. Seelig

It was such a success last year that musician Don Felder is returning to the Sun Valley Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 18 in another "An Evening at Hotel California" benefit concert for leukemia and cancer research.

Felder was lead guitarist of The Eagles for 27 years. A multi-Grammy award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Felder will perform a special benefit concert during the 34th annual Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament week.

Tickets went on sale Tuesday, June 15 at or through the Sun Valley Recreation Center at 622-2135.  Premium seating includes a pre-concert VIP cocktail party with Felder. They are limited in number.

Felder's benefit concert is sponsored in part by US Bank.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the St. Luke's Mountain State Tumor Institute and University of Minnesota Cancer Research.

Last year, Felder performed a Thompson Memorial kickoff concert to over 1,300 delighted fans at the newly opened Sun Valley Pavilion. Afterwards, Thompson Memorial president and director Georgie Fenton of Ketchum was approached by many who had seen the concert and asked if he would be returning for an encore in 2010.

Fenton said, "Don Felder truly rocked the Sun Valley Pavilion and had a great time himself with the Sun Valley audience. We are pleased that he, along with his band and the audience had such a positive experience that it encouraged him to schedule a return performance in 2010."

Said Felder prior to last year's show, "It should be a really fun night. Usually by the end of the night everybody is on their feet, singing the words they know and dancing."

Felder played a big role in the creation of the Eagles' Grammy Award-winning hit single "Hotel California." It was one of nine tracks on the "Hotel California" album that was released in Dec. 1976 and has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone.

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