Thursday, June 1, 2017
– Vince Gill and the son of the late Eagles member Glenn Frey will play with the band at festival dates in Los Angeles and New York this summer, according to a Los Angeles Times
Gill and Deacon Frey, 24, will take lead vocals on songs sung by Glenn Frey during the Classic East and Classic West shows at Dodger Stadium on July 15-16 and Citi Field on July 29-30. Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, the Doobie Brothers and Journey also will play the shows.
"While I was still in shock during some interviews after Glenn passed away, I did say that I thought that was the end of the band," Don Henley, 69, said in the article. "But I reserve the right to change my mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.'"
Gill said, "In my mind, I always thought I'd have made a good Eagle."
"But in a million years, I never would have seen this coming. It's pretty surreal. I turned 60 recently, and to get to be a part of this amazing legacy of songs, that's the greatest part of all this for me"
Deacon Frey played some of his father's songs at a private memorial service held following Glenn Frey's death on Jan. 18, 2016, at age 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.
The story said that including Gill came after he was at the Kennedy Center Honors program in December saluting the Eagles.
"Bringing Deacon in was my idea," Henley said. "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.'"