It's official: Glenn Frey's son will step in for his late father when the Eagles reunite for the Classic East and Classic West festivals in July.
Don Henley let the news slip during an interview with a sports radio station in Dallas, where the drummer lives with his wife and three children. He described 23-year-old Deacon Frey as "a very talented young man" who "seems to be up to the task."
"I think it's the only appropriate way to carry on," Henley said. "I don't think I'd do it otherwise."
The Eagles will headline opening night of the two-day festivals, July 15-16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and July 29-30 at Citi Field in New York. It will be the band's first performance since they paid tribute to their late co-founder by singing "Take It Easy" at the Grammy Awards last year. Frey, 67, died a month earlier in a New York hospital.
Henley likened Deacon Frey's arrival to joining a family business. "There's an old system both in eastern and western culture called the guild system," he said, "where the father is the master and the son is the apprentice and the trade, the craft, the business is handed down from father to son."
Henley, who will celebrate his 70th birthday July 22 with an all-star concert at Dallas' American Airlines Arena, also hinted at the prospect of more Eagles concerts down the road.
"I think it's my responsibility now to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive," he said. "Apparently, people still want to hear them. I thought we were done pretty much when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time.
"We have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world," Henley added, "who would like to see things continue. "
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