After wrapping up their Classic East and Classic West festival shows, the Eagles have announced that they will (briefly) hit the road again this fall. Both Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, will again play with the band at each of the four upcoming shows.
The Eagles’ newest tour dates will take place in late October — from Oct. 17 through Oct. 27 — in Greensboro, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; and Detroit, Mich. Short stints on the road, like this one, will likely become the norm for the Eagles, the group’s guitarist, Joe Walsh, tells Rolling Stone.
“We’ve got some new blood. We all know the songs pretty good, but we just have to run the drill,” Walsh explains about the first string of shows since Glenn Frey died in 2016. “It’s like being an athlete and doing the reps to get into shape. The new guys [Deacon Frey and Gill] have to get to the point where it’s automatic or it’s transparent.”
According to the Eagles’ manager, Irving Azoff, the idea of adding Gill to the band’s lineup came about during December’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, during which Gill helped pay tribute to the Eagles.
“In my mind, I always thought I’d have made a good Eagle,” says Gill. “But in a million years, I never would have seen this coming. It’s pretty surreal. I turned 60 recently, and to get to be a part of this amazing legacy of songs, that’s the greatest part of all this for me.”
Following Frey’s death due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, Henley insisted that there was no chance the band would reunite but later hinted that Deacon Frey would be the only suitable stand-in for his father.