Speculation Increases Around Eagles’ Upcoming Classic West/East Shows
Who’s going to stand in for Glenn Frey when the Eagles play the Classic West and East concerts in July?
Don’t ask bassist Timothy B. Schmit; “I’m sworn to secrecy,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in a new interview.
There’s been all sorts of speculation, of course, from Frey’s son Deacon, who was suggested by Don Henley last year, to longtime Eagles pals such as Jackson Browne and J.D. Souther.
While Schmit isn’t talking about that, he did say that he has no problem with the idea of the Eagles playing without Frey despite earlier claims it would never happen: “Life goes on, and it’s been long enough now that we can sort of reorganize…Don also said we would never re-form after we broke up the first time. Then we went on to play for 21 more years.”
Frey died January 18, 2016 from complications of Acute Ulcerative Colitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and pneumonia.
Schmit noted that, “As time goes by, it sinks in more and more and it becomes a little more settled. It’s a tragedy, but it just was and is.”
While fans wait for the shows on July 15 in Los Angeles and July 29 in New York, Schmit is touring to promote his latest solo album “Leap Of Faith.”
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.