The Eagles played their first concert since the death of Glenn Frey last night (Saturday) at The Classic West at Dodger Stadium in L.A. They followed Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers onto the stage on the first night of the two-day festival, which today (Sunday) will feature Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Frey's son Deacon and country singer-guitarist Vince Gill took over on the songs Frey would have sung, with the exception of "Heartache Tonight." Bob Seger, who worked with the teenaged Frey in Detroit, was called out to sing the hit he wrote with Frey, Don Henley and J.D. Souther.
As he introduced Deacon Frey's first-ever lead vocal with the band on "Take It Easy," Joe Walsh said they were dedicating the show to Glenn Frey, who died in January 2016. He told the crowd, "We're here because of family and you are all part of that family."
Later, Don Henley introduced both of the band's additions and thanked Southern California for its support. "In case this is our last dance...It all started here in Los Angeles 46 years ago. Glenn is with us in spirit, and you’re here for the songs that he wrote and that we wrote. Glenn is also here in the form of his son Deacon. Someone else is here, too. Make welcome Vince Gill."
Wearing Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen's number-74 uniform shirt, Deacon Frey addressed the crowd before "Peaceful Easy Feeling." He said, "This is unbelievable. The last few years have been rough. The only remedy for that is love and I’m feeling it from you tonight. This is my medicine.”
As the song ended, he added, “Anyone out there miss my dad?” as a photograph of Glenn went up on the huge screens behind him. The crowd answered with a long round of applause.
The band's 23-song set opened with the ensemble harmony number "Seven Bridges Road" and also included the Henley-sung "Last Resort," the closing number on the Hotel California album, which they'd last performed in 2011. As they have done many times before, they closed with "Desperado."
The Classic East at CitiField in New York on July 29th is the Eagles' last scheduled performance for now. It may turn out to be their last one ever.