It’s interesting to me that people seem to have a problem with The Eagles carrying on without Glenn Frey – as much as I was a fan.
AC/DC is down to just Angus from the originals. Roger Waters blew everyone’s mind last month with his show at BellMTS Place; the only original Pink Floyd guy onstage with a slew of touring musicians (same as when David Gilmour tours).
Personally, I have zero problem with the rest of the remaining players in the (many times-revised) lineup of The Eagles continuing on, especially with Frey’s son Deacon ably filling his dad’s shoes and sounding very much like a young Glenn.
People also tripped a bit when country star Vince Gill joined the touring lineup. One of the best players in the business, and an amazing singer, he’s just fine without The Eagles, but his addition is doing nothing but adding to the magic. It’s ironic that people have a problem with Gill on board given that he was partially responsible for the band being back together in the first place; he was one of the artists on the Eagles compilation record that prompted their reunion in the early 90s after that “14-year vacation”.
Last weekend marked another highlight in The Eagles’ career as – probably initiated by Opry member Gill’s involvement – the band played Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
Gill dedicated “New Kid In Town” to Deacon in what was reported to be an emotional highlight of the show. Deacon in turn, handled the lead vocals on “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling” and “Already Gone.”
I just hope they do a big tour and make it back to Winnipeg. I can’t wait to hear how this lineup sounds.
Check out the full Rolling Stone review of the show HERE.
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