The Reason Eagles Were Able To Continue Performing After Glenn Frey’s Death

For so many Eagles fans, late musician Glenn Frey was the embodiment of the band. The rocker wasn’t only the co-lead singer and frontman for the band, but he was also a founding member who wrote most of the Eagles’ material with his fellow member, Don Henley.

Frey took numerous duties in the band throughout its music career such as playing the guitar and keyboards as well as singing lead vocals on numerous songs such as, ‘Take It Easy,’ ‘James Dean,’ ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ and more.

So what happened when the Eagles lost one of their most important members in 2016, and how did they manage to continue? Let’s find out together to see how they were lucky enough to have Frey’s musician son, Deacon, to save the day.

Founding Member Glenn Frey Passed Away

Glenn Frey had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since 2000 which was an illness that affected his joints. Unfortunately, the medication that he was prescribed to control the disease eventually led to colitis and pneumonia.

In November 2015, the Eagles announced that Frey required surgery for intestinal problems and needed a lengthy recovery period. Therefore, the band postponed their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors with the absence of their member.

However, the musician never had the surgery due to complications from pneumonia and was placed in a medically induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center. Frey passed away there on January 18, 2016, at the age of 67 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

The Eagles Are Working With Deacon Frey

Following the death of Glenn Frey, Don Henley initially stated that he didn’t think the band would perform again with the absence of their founding member. However, the band continued touring in 2017 thanks to a lucky opportunity that fitted perfectly to them.

Glenn Frey’s musician son Deacon performed in his father’s place during the Eagles’ performances in the following years including their North American, Europe, and Oceania tour in early 2019, their Las Vegas shows in September–October 2019, and the ‘Hotel California 2020 Tour.’

The band was blessed to have Frey’s son as a replacement for his father. In fact, Don Henley said it would have been impossible for the Eagles to keep going after the death of Glenn Frey if they hadn’t recruited Frey’s son Deacon during a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone.

In his own words, Henley said:

“It was a no-brainer for us to get Vince. Nobody else, other than Deacon, we even discussed. He fit like a glove. And his personality is great. He’s just glad to be there. He’s probably the happiest guy onstage. As difficult as that might have been, he was so brave and composed. I’m sure, on the inside, he was churning. After a few months went by I thought, ‘Why not see if he would like to be in the band?’

The only way it felt justified to me was to have family blood in the band. And I have to hand it to Deacon. He had don some gigs with his father – private parties, in front of maybe 200 people. To go from that to 50,000 people is extraordinary. I don’t know many people who could have done that without freaking out.”

Unlike some of the bands who never had the opportunity to fill such an important spot with a late musician’s own son, the Eagles were blessed to have Deacon as a member after his father died. The band’s fans never felt like a stranger seeing him on stage which benefitted them, and the future of their career without a doubt.