The Eagles have officially moved on following the death of Glen Frey…
If you navigate to the band’s website, you’ll find a main page dominated by a new group photo that includes both Glenn Frey’s son Deacon – who stepped in for his late father to positive reviews at two shows last month – and Vince Gill. Until very recently, the landing page for the website was still a photo of and tribute to Glenn Frey.
Some have bristled at the fact that the rest of the guys have moved on to continue the Eagles after Don Henley was so adamant that because the Eagles were “Glenn’s band”, it ended with his death in January of 2016. Now, with a little time to grieve behind him – and no doubt, big money offers ahead – Henley, Tim Schmidt and Joe Walsh have decided to forge on.
I have zero problem with it. The Stones are in their 70s. The Aerosmith guys are pushing that. Name a classic rock band, and the original members are getting on. When members start to pass on, should that be the end of the live music? It’s music. It’s their music. Playing it what they do. If we have the attitude that when a key member of a band passes (or quits), the band should end and never be heard live again, we’re going to lose a lot of great live music opportunities before long.
Angus is the last original member of AC/DC. He’s not even the singer. Should they quit? Paul McCartney is playing Beatles and Wings stuff, and for years he’s been the only member of either one onstage. Should he quit? Even my boys David Gilmour and Roger Waters are the only members of Pink Floyd in each of their solo acts. Should they quit? Having seen Waters twice on this tour alone, I can tell you that his show is every bit a Pink Floyd show than any actual Pink Floyd show before it.
In the case of The Eagles, Henley is the only original member left, but Tim Schmidt and Joe Walsh have been there for decades…so where do you draw the line? Schmidt has only been with the band for two of its studio albums.
If you ask me, an Eagles lineup that includes three longtime members, a founder and the son of the other founder (who can clearly hold his own live) is a more original lineup than most.
Rock on Eagles. Hope you make it back to Winnipeg.
The full story , including the tour dates (so far) is HERE.