It's official; The late Glenn Frey will be replaced by his 23-year-old son Deacon for the Eagles' two shows this summer.
Don Henley spilled the beans during an appearance on a Dallas sports radio station Monday (May 15); Asked if Deacon would be stepping into his dad's shoes, Henley acknowledged, "I'm not supposed to say that. Yeah, he is. There's going to be an official announcement in a few days but let's just do it here. Glenn's son Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it, and he's gonna do it with us. I think that's appropriate."
Fans had guessed that Jackson Browne, JD Souther and possibly other Eagles cohorts might step into the breach for the Classic East/West shows, which take place during July in Los Angeles and New York City with Fleetwood Mac headlining a second night for each. Henley initially talked about Deacon Frey's possible involvement earlier this year, stoking rumors about some sort of Eagles activity. Henley, meanwhile, is getting ready to being another round of solo shows on June 6 in Boston, with a 70th birthday concert on July 22 in Dallas.
He's added Eagles songs to the show since he began the tour during the fall of 2015 and tells us he's happy to be playing them especially after Frey's death in January of 2016: "People want to hear those, and I feel like that it's my responsibility to carry that torch now, to curate, to be the curator as it were of a lot of those songs. And I'm gonna do that...I've got time now to do all my solo material and Eagles songs as well...That spans over four decades of music and it's been enjoyable, actually."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.