Written by Emilee Lindner • June 1, 2017
In July, Eagles are playing their first shows since the death of their bandmate Glenn Frey at The Classic East and The Classic West. The band has just revealed via social media and The Los Angeles Times that both Vince Gill and Glenn Frey's son, Deacon Frey, will pitch in to honor the late legend.
“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 told the Times. “But I reserve the right to change my mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.’”
The Classic West (July 15-16 at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium) and The Classic East (July 29-30 at New York's Citi Field) will feature six class acts: Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire and Journey. And with a lot of star power planned for the stage, Henley said that bringing along Deacon Frey is best way to pay homage to his famous father.
“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," Henley said. "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.’ ”
Gill, who is the most-awarded male country artist in Grammy history, is along for the ride as well, and he seemed over the moon about it at The Classic rehearsals.
“In my mind, I always thought I’d have made a good Eagle,” Gill told the Times. “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”
To get tickets for The Classic, visit TheClassic.com.