Eagles celebrated its late co-founder Glenn Frey during an emotional concert on Friday night (October 29) in his hometown of Detroit.
It was the group’s first show in the Motor City since the summer of 2015, and since Frey, who was raised in the suburb of Royal Oak, passed away during January of 2016 at the age of 66.
With Frey’s widow Cindy, daughter Taylor and a corps of relatives cheering the group on, Frey’s son Deacon Frey — sporting a vintage Detroit Tigers’ Al Kaline jersey introduced by Joe Walsh as “a new kid in town”, began “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by saying, “What a treat for me to be back here in my dad’s hometown. It’s kinda awesome.” He acknowledged his relatives and, after the song, mouthed “that’s for you dad” towards the arena ceiling as a sepia-toned image of his father appeared on the video screen behind the stage.
Don Henley, meanwhile, praised the younger Frey’s poise, noting that though he played small venue and private shows with his father, his first Eagles show was before 55,000 at the Classic West concert in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. “He’s a chip off the old block, folks,” Henley declared. And later, before killing “New Kid In Town,” the other new Eagle, Vince Gill, later added, “What an honor it is to be in the hometown of my dear friend Glenn Frey and singing his songs for you.”
Eagles wrapped up its short fall tour on Sunday night (October 29) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
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.