Sadly, the 2016 passing of Glenn Fry left The Eagles without a frontman, but, as devastating to fans and fellow bandmates as that loss was, The Eagles has persisted. More like the phoenix rising from the ashes, The Eagles have re-emerged with plans to continue touring, now that replacements for Fry have been added to the group’s line-up. While The Eagles try out the two new additions, Don Henley is also making plans to head out on his own for a new solo tour, offering fans two events to look forward to in the summer tour season.
The Eagles Fills Glenn Fry’s Absence With Vince Gill and Deacon Fry
Ultimate Classic Rock reports that The Eagles will be reassembling for the Classic East and Classic West music festivals this year and have settled on two worthy successors to the late Glenn Fry. It has already been shared that Deacon Fry, Glenn’s son, was set to take over vocals, but it now seems Deacon will be sharing that honor with Vince Gill.
Initially, Don Henley, who co-founded The Eagles with Glenn Fry, said the band was finished with Glenn’s passing on January 18, 2016, but he later changed his story with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” quoted Mr. Henley, adding that bringing in Deacon Fry was reminiscent of the old guild system, wherein the son was often apprentice to the father.
Henley added that the upcoming music festivals might just be the first step for a new direction for The Eagles, suggesting more concerts may follow. While The Eagles seems to be keeping it “in the family” with Deacon, Don says everyone in The Eagles will be fully supportive of Deacon, regardless of where his journey takes him.
“Someday, if he decides to write his own songs and have his own band, we’ll be the first to support him,” says The Eagles co-founder. “But this is a good way to break in.”
The Eagles’ Don Henley To Head Off On His Own Tour
While The Eagles reunion is certainly a much-anticipated event for fans, that’s not the only event 69-year-old Don Henley has planned, according to Rolling Stone. The Eagles co-founder has long been pursuing a solo career, beginning in the 80s with the release of his I Can’t Stand Still LP and, decades later, Henley still can’t stand still. He proves as much with the extension of his most recent concert tour, which adds a second leg, beginning in just a few days with a June 6th performance at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts.
Enlisting JD and the Straight Shot to open for him, Henley has added eight dates to the extra leg of his tour, which will culminate with a special birthday concert on July 22 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. That concert will help Don celebrate his 70th birthday.
Henley and JD and the Straight Shot won’t be the only ones taking the stage at that birthday bash. Don has said there would be several guests performing as well, though he’s keeping the specifics secret. Don will perform his own hits as well as select hits from The Eagles’ long list of popular singles.
Mr. Henley has also announced special travel packages for his special birthday concert, which includes tickets to that event as well as tickets to one additional Henley concert.
Don Henley 2017 North American Tour
June 6 – Boston, MA @ Blue Bills Bank Pavilion
June 8 – Washington, D.C. @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
June 10 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
June 11 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
June 13 – Toronto, ONT @ Budweiser Stage
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
June 17 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
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