Eagles Reunion Possible, Says Don Henley

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Don Henley (via his Facebook page)

Don Henley (via his Facebook page)

One of the great losses of 2016 was that of the Eagles’ founding member Glenn Frey on January 18. Most fans have assumed that the band’s story ended there, but now Don Henley, the band’s other chief songwriter, is hinting that there may be a way to move forward. Speaking to the Montreal Gazette, Henley was asked if he could see any way that there might ever be a revived Eagles, perhaps with Jackson Browne—a longtime associate of the band—replacing the late Frey.

Deacon Frey performing in 2009

Deacon Frey performing in 2009

“At some point in the future, we might work our way around to that,” Henley told the newspaper. “You know, Glenn has a son who can sing and play quite well. And one of the only things that would make sense to me is if it were his son. With Jackson, of course, we could do ‘Take It Easy’ and a couple other things, but the only way I would consider any kind of reunion, I think, would be with Glenn’s son, Deacon.”

Henley added that this scenario was nothing more than a thought at this stage. “We’re still going through the healing process—trying to get through all this,” he said. “And those are things that might happen somewhere down the road. But right now, everybody’s doing the solo thing.”

Watch the young Deacon Frey perform a Steve Miller Band favorite with his dad Glenn in 2010…

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Earlier, when asked if the Eagles would be closing the book with Frey gone, Henley offered a glimmer of hope to fans, saying that it was “up to me and Joe Walsh to carry on.” But this latest statement, specifically mentioning the 22-year-old Deacon Frey, is the closest any of the Eagles has come to suggesting a viable path forward.

Henley recently took some heat when it was announced that he, Frey, Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit would receive the Kennedy Center Honors on December 4 for their contributions via the Eagles, but that three other former members of the band—Don Felder, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon—would not be cited for their roles within the band. While no official reason was given by the Kennedy Center for what many perceived as a snub, some fans and critics laid the blame on Henley, assuming that he was behind the decision due to rifts within the band.

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