Fans of the Eagles were a little surprised when it was announced that the band would co-headline a pair of major festivals after the death of founding member Glenn Frey last January. To help fill the void left by the beloved singer of hits like ‘Take It Easy’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise’, the group has enlisted the help of Frey’s 24-year-old son Deacon, AND they’re bringing in a bit of a ringer…
The ‘Los Angeles Times’ is reporting that Gill will join the Eagles for their upcoming shows at Classic West and Classic East, bookending the American coasts at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium on July 15th and 16th, and New York’s Citi Field on July 29th and 30th. Deacon and Gill will split vocal duties on songs sung by the late frontman.
A longtime fan of the band, Gill contributed a rendition of ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ to the 1993 Eagles covers album, ‘Common Thread’. He also saluted Frey by performing ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ at the Grand Ole Opry in February, 2016. Frey’s longtime musical partner Don Henley likes the decision, admitting that Frey himself would probably say, “That’s the perfect way to do this.”
The new-look Eagles will perform alongside Fleetwood Mac, Earth Wind & Fire, the Doobie Brothers, Journey and Steely Dan at the upcoming gigs. ~ Jason