The Eagles have called on Vince Gill and a family member to help them carry on their legacy for their Classic West and East shows following the passing of band co-founder Glenn Frey. Deacon Frey, Frey’s oldest son, and Gill will share the vocals on the songs Frey traditionally sang with the band.
Don Henley said, “Bringing Deacon in was my 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’.”
Vince shared the news on Facebook writing, "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."
The Eagles will play Classic West and East alongside Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire and Journey. The Classic West will take place July 15-16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, while the Classic East will be held July 29-30 at Citi Field in New York City.