Don Henley Open to An Eagles Reunion With Glenn Frey’s Son
One of the Driving forces behind the iconic band says it’s still hard for him to adjust to a world where there are no Eagles. He told Jordan Zivitz of the Montreal Gazette, “It’s been a very strange time trying to wrap my head around that, and realizing what a big part of my life that was, and how much of my identity was wrapped up in it — although I’ve always been careful not to let it define my life completely, so I’ve been able to get through this without just losing it.”
Henley knows he’s not the only curator of the Eagles music but he’s the main dude and feels a responsibility that those songs are carried forward with respect. With the band not around anymore he’s doing more of their music in his solo shows while highlighting his “Cass Country” abum and his older solo hits.
The singer says he ends his shows with the first song that he and his late partner Glenn Frey wrote together, ‘Desperado.” He adds, So every night I dedicate it to him. And the crowd gets emotional, and that’s part of the healing process — for them as well as for me. I think they expect it. I won’t sing any of his songs, though. I don’t think that would be quite right, even if I co-wrote them. I’m just not doing it.”
So, could Henley see himself doing the Eagles songs with Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh and Jackson Browne who has been an honorary member of the family for years? Henley says, “At some point in the future, we might work our way around to that. 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.” The drummer is very clear however that there has been absolutely no talk of this. Everyone is still healing.
What would have happened if Frey would still be around? Henley says it was his late friend’s idea to check in every year to see how everyone was feeling about going on and he would probably be the first guy to be honest if it didn’t feel right.
Interestingly Henley says he hasn’t done “Taking You Home” in concert because it’s hard to sing and he hasn’t done, “Last Worthless Evening” or the Eagles “Wasted Time” in a while. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a newsman so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver.
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