Eagles Triumphant With Deacon Frey, Gill, Seger

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For those who stubbornly insist that with Glenn Frey’s death in 2016 and Don Henley’s (premature) announcement that the Eagles were thus finished, get over it (as Henley himself famously sang on the classic rock band’s 1994 album). The Eagles returned to the concert stage on Saturday night (July 15) albeit with a significantly altered lineup of family and friends at Dodger Stadium, as the first night headliner for the first of two festival-like appearances billed as the Classic.

The Eagles’ Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh were joined for their 23-song set by Frey’s 24-year-old son, Deacon, and by country star Vince Gill, each of whom sang lead vocals on some of Frey’s well known hits. When news of Frey fils broke on May 15, Henley said, “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.”

Deacon Frey and Gill weren’t the only newcomers on stage. Bob Seger was a surprise guest, singing lead on “Heartache Tonight,” which he co-wrote with Henley, Frey and J.D. Souther. (Watch the performance below.)

It didn’t take long for Deacon Frey to get his feet wet. The set’s second song was on the band’s breakthrough hit, 1972’s “Take It Easy.” And there, singing lead vocal was Deacon, wearing a hometown Dodgers jersey. Frey was supported by Gill on backup vocals and Walsh for the guitar solo, as well as the large crowd who sang along on the familiar song. Said Walsh: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a warm Eagles family welcome,” as Deacon Frey’s name was shown on the stage screen.

[The Eagles are among the handful of acts that remove material from YouTube faster than a newly married couple’s clothes on their wedding night. When this story was published, all of the videos featured were available for viewing. By July 17, all had been removed, but we’ve found others that were working. For now.]

Watch Deacon Frey sing lead on “Already Gone”

Watch Vince Gill sing lead on “Tequila Sunrise”

“The co-writer of this next song… one of the most beloved figures in rock ‘n’ roll music…” Watch Bob Seger sing lead on “Heartache Tonight.”

Watch the concert’s first encore, “Hotel California” with a beautiful trumpet intro. [Oops; deleted; as noted above, the Eagles often remove videos from YouTube, as they did with the version that we originally posted.]

Saturday’s event also featured sets by the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Fleetwood Mac headlines Sunday night’s show, with opening acts Earth, Wind & Fire and Journey. (This one being in Los Angeles was dubbed by its organizers as Classic West; two weeks from now, they’ll do it all again at New York’s Citi Field for the Classic East. Tickets are available here and here.

The Eagles had such a good time, apparently, that they’ve added another concert, Classic Northwest.

Read our recap of opening bands the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan here.

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Eagles, July 15, 2017, Classic West Setlist

Seven Bridges Road
Take It Easy
One of These Nights
Take It To the Limit
Tequila Sunrise
Witchy Woman
I Can’t Tell You Why
Lyin’ Eyes
Those Shoes
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Best of My Love
Love Will Keep Us Alive
New Kid in Town
The Last Resort
Already Gone
In the City
Heartache Tonight
Life’s Been Good
Funk #49
Life in the Fast Lane

Hotel California

Second Encore
Rocky Mountain Way

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Seger’s own Runway Train tour begins August 24. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster or TicketNetwork.

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  1. Santiago
    #1 Santiago 16 July, 2017, 09:53

    Thanks for the Eagles Story

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  2. Brad
    #2 Brad 16 July, 2017, 14:44

    This is sorta like the story of the axe, which axe head over the years gets replaced when it can’t be further sharpened and the handle gets replaced when it cracks and is splintered. Is it the same axe after all those years? With Henley the only original member, one ponders.

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  3. ESSE
    #3 ESSE 16 July, 2017, 16:27

    Glenn would have been proud of the Eagles,Vince G. , BOB S. ( Mr Detroit) & his son Deacon Frey ! Another historic night of music in Los Angeles!!!

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  4. -- L --
    #4 -- L -- 16 July, 2017, 20:07

    Wish I could have been there!

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  5. Nancy
    #5 Nancy 17 July, 2017, 17:46

    Unfortunately, most of these performances were removed. It sounds like it was a great show. The Eagles’ music is timeless.

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 17 July, 2017, 21:33

      Thanks for the heads’ up, Nancy. All 4 of the original clips were removed from YouTube but we’ve replaced them with others. (For now…)

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  6. Jimmy
    #6 Jimmy 15 November, 2017, 11:59

    Thanks for the story on one of the greatest bands ever.

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