The Eagles Take Flight With Vince Gill at the Classic East Concert [Pictures]
Hell did not have to freeze over this time for the Eagles to reunite for one of their only shows since the death of Glenn Frey. Standing in for the late singer and guitarist was Frey’s 24-year-old son, Deacon Frey, along with Vince Gill, who split Glenn Frey’s vocals on various Eagles hits while headlining the first night of the Classic East Festival at Citi Field on July 29 in New York City.
"Glenn Frey is here in spirit, you’re in our hearts tonight and the music goes on," Henley told the audience before Deacon Frey took the lead on "Take It Easy."
Vince Gill got his own moments in the spotlight, singing lead on "Take It to the Limit," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes" and "New Kid in Town." The country star's role in the new post-Glenn Frey lineup is a natural fit, since he performed on the Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles all-star country tribute record and lent his vocals to Don Henley's 2015 country solo album, Cass County.
Later in the show, Deacon Frey stepped up to the mic and said, "It really, really means a lot, feeling all this love You know New York is where my dad passed away, so it's a little tender here for me and my family, but these guys have my back so this should be pretty good," right before playing "Peaceful Easy Feeling." That was followed by a picture of Glenn Frey on screen as a tribute to his late father.
The Eagles went on to deliver a full set of hits including "New York Minute," "In the City," "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Hotel California," finishing off the show with the first song Don Henley and Glenn Frey ever wrote together, "Desperado."
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