Eagles Feather The Nest
Glenn Frey stand-ins announced for summer concerts
By Gary Graff
June 5, 2017
There will be not one but two guitar-playing singers replacing the late Glenn Frey in the Eagles for this summer’s pair of concerts.
Frey’s son Deacon Frey and country star and guitar virtuoso Vince Gill, an Eagles contemporary from his days with the country-rock group Pure Prairie League, will fill in for Frey at The Classic concerts taking place July 15-16 in Los Angeles and July 29-30 in New York. The Eagles’ Don Henley had revealed Deacon Frey’s participation earlier, but both he and Gill were formally announced at the end of last week by the band.
Henley, Deacon Frey and manager Irving Azoff spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the group’s decision to play again. Henley says that he “was still in shock” during initial interviews after Frey’s death, when he said the band would not continue, and he subsequently changed his mind: “I did say I thought that was the end of the band. But I reserve the right to change my mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
Henley adds that bringing in Deacon was his idea: “I think of the guild system, which in both Eastern and Western cultures is a centuries-old tradition of the father passing down the trade to his son, and to me, that makes perfect moral and ethical sense. The primary thing is I think Glenn would be good with it — with both of these guys. I think he’d go: ‘That’s the perfect way to do this.'”
The Eagles are co-headlining The Classic with fellow California rock veterans Fleetwood Mac; they’ll be playing the first night of each weekend, joined by Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. More information can be found at www.TheClassic.com.