Glenn Frey’s Son to Join the Eagles
17 May 2017 Music News
In a recent interview Don Henley revealed that Glenn Frey‘s son Deacon will be joining the Eagles.
Henley confirmed that Frey’s son will replace his late father when the reunited Eagles take the stage at festivals this summer. The festivals in question are the Classic East and Classic West music festivals held in July.
Henley admitted he wasn’t supposed to say anything. But he couldn’t resist and later stated, “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.”
Henley justified his decision saying it was akin to “an old system both in Eastern and Western culture called the guild system, where the father is the master and the son is the apprentice. The trade, the craft, the business is handed down from father to son. I think it’s the only appropriate way to carry on. I don’t think I’d do it otherwise. Since it’s Glenn’s blood, it’s his son, I think that’s appropriate. There’ll be one more musician along for the ride too, but I’m not gonna say who that is.”
Glenn Frey died on Jan. 18, 2016, of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Henley has made numerous statements about the fate of the band since, initially stating the band would not go on without Frey, but later listing Deacon Frey as a potential replacement in the band.
“I never planned on it coming out this way, but it’s my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive,” Henley divulged “Apparently people still want to hear them. I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue.”