by Gargs Allard
Eagles co-founder Don Henley, having said that the Eagles will never reunite again following the death of band mate Glenn Frey in January of this year, seems to have reconsidered in an interview with the Montreal Gazette by saying, “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 [Browne], 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.”
Henley said since Frey’s death, he was been trying to wrap his head around a world where the Eagles don’t exist and he doesn’t know how he feels about it. He said he is still healing and has been ending his concerts with “Desperado,” the first song that Henley and Frey ever wrote together. After Frey died, Henley had released this statement:
“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.
But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.
We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year ‘History of the Eagles Tour’ to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.
Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.
If the Eagles do indeed reunite with the younger Frey, 22 or 23, questions will still abound whether any former members of the Eagles like Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon or Don Felder would rejoin the group, or possibly musicians who have helped the Eagles write songs like Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther or Jack Tempchin. It is assumed that Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will continue on with Henley if the Eagles do reunite for what will be the second time.
The year 2016 will certainly go down as a rough one for rock ‘n roll. The specter of death personified raised havoc and took away many musical stalwarts who had graced this planet. We’re not just talking minor players here but besides Frey, giants like David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, John Berry and Paul Kantner went to that big musical festival in the sky. Other notable musicians to pass into another plane of tunefulness include Frank Sinatra Jr., Joey Feek, Denise Matthews, Dale Buffin Griffin and Pete Huttlinger.Share on social media