Written by Emilee Lindner • July 11, 2017
The Classic is a momentous occasion for many reasons. And we're not just saying that. With two concerts on each coast, each involving six legendary acts, The Classic East and The Classic West are unmissable for any music fan — especially if you love classic rock 'n' roll.
One of the reasons that makes the bicoastal event so special is that the Eagles will be making their return on The Classic stage, boasting an extraordinary lineup and a deep catalogue of hits. Below, we're celebrating all the ways that Eagles are making The Classic a once-in-a-lifetime experience this month.
The Classic features Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. It goes down in Los Angeles on July 15 and 16 at Dodger Stadium, and in New York on July 29 and 30 at Citi Field. Get tickets for both concerts here.
Eagles founder and beloved guitarist Glenn Frey passed away at the beginning of 2016. With the future of the band in question, some fans wondered if they'd ever be able to see the Eagles play again. In February, the band was joined by original Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon, touring guitarist Steuart Smith, and co-writer Jackson Browne to memorialize the rock great with a rendition of "Take It Easy" at the Grammys. This May, however, Don Henley revealed that the band's new iteration would be fitting for a return to the stage. Which brings us to our next point...
Glenn's 24-year-old son Deacon Frey is set to perform with the band at the two Classic concerts. The inspiration came from Frey's memorial service, appropriately enough, when Deacon honored his dad by playing some of his songs. "After he saw Deacon at that service, Don always said that 'If there’s ever going to be a gig for all of us, I would want Deacon to be part of it,'" said Eagles’ longtime manager Irving Azoff. "It was the natural thing."
For The Classic, the Eagles also decided to bring on another great: Vince Gill, one of the most awarded male country acts in Grammy history. So for those seeing the exclusive shows this summer, it will almost be like you're getting a special supergroup experience. And Gill seems pretty stoked about it too. "In my mind, I always thought I’d have made a good Eagle,” Gill told the L.A. Times in May. “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." Eagles have always had a country edge to their folk rock, and surely, Gill will be able to inject some of the South into their California brand of music.
Since Paul McCartney christened Citi Field in July of 2009 (the same year the stadium opened), there have been a select few artists who have set up their stages behind the baseball diamond -- from Dave Matthews to Beyoncé. Eagles have yet to play at the eight-year-old New York City venue, and July 29 will launch a new first for a band that might've thought they put all their "first" in their past. It should be a nostalgic feat for Henley, who helped close out Shea Stadium with Billy Joel in 2008.
The Eagles formed in Los Angeles, so naturally, you've got to see them perform there. Surprisingly, the Eagles have never played at Dodger Stadium either. So you'll be getting a super unique experience -- summer sun, summer tunes, and a historic venue where Elton John, The Three Tenors, The Jackson and KISS played epic concerts still talked about to this day. Be a part of history!
Just a reminder, if you head to The Classic, you're not only getting the Eagles! You're getting Journey, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. And you've certainly never seen all these bands together on the same lineup. Alone, Fleetwood Mac sold out much of their last trek, The On With The Show Tour, in 2015. Meanwhile, the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden Tour is in the Top 20 highest grossing concert tours of all time. These are huge bands we're talking about, so whether you're a hard-core Eagles fan or just a free-wheelin' music lover, there's plenty to keep you flying during the two-day event.
Once upon a time, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were on the same bill. That's right -- there were a few East Coast shows (which weren't very well documented) where both bands played in 1976. The Eagles had released their greatest hits album a year before, while Fleetwood Mac were ramping up to release Rumours. From Pittsburgh and Tampa -- there might be people coming from everywhere to see both bands reunite at The Classic for old times' sake.