Now there’s a headline! I was just two weeks ago that we reported the late Glenn Frey’s son Deacon had joined the band and now the group tips their hats to their country past with Vince Gill.
Is this a good idea? Well, let me start by saying even music fans who hate country music love Vince Gill and he is a world class guitar player. In fact he is the most awarded male country singer in history at the Grammy’s with 21 statues. He says “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 whole Idea of Gill being in the Eagles is when he helped out the Kennedy Centre Honors in December.
So the Eagles for the bi-coastal festival: Classic West and Classic East will consist of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B Schmit and Gill and 24-year-old Deacon who’s dad died last year. Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, the Doobie Brothers and Journey are also on the bill.
Gill will share lead vocals on the Glenn Frey tunes. Deacon was surrounded with Eagles music all his life telling the LA Times, “The first songs I learned on guitar were ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling.’
Henley said no decision has been made to record the show but I bet they will be.
So would Glenn Frey approve? Well, it is his son. You can’t speak for the dead but the LA Times article did say his mom, Cindy Frey, was beaming backstage seeing her son do his first interview.
As I mentioned in our last video some people will ask you, “yeah, but did you see the Eagles with Glenn Frey?” This is certainly a different version. Vince Gill has had 40 hit singles on the U.S. and has sold more than 26 million albums. If the band were looking for a top-shelf musicians…they got it.
The band hare hinting at more shows but Henley says he wants to see how the East/West things goes down. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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