The Eagles have added five further dates to their 2018 “An Evening with the Eagles” tour, which kicks off on March 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group added 13 dates to the already announced run in December. New shows have been set for October 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and October 12, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, along with dates in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit.
The reconfigured group – billed officially as “Don Henley, Joe Walsh & Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey” – has taken a measured approach to regaining altitude after the death of co-founder Glenn Frey, Deacon’s father, in January of last year, both in terms of timing and filling Frey’s enormous role. Henley is the sole remaining founding member of the group, which he formed with Glenn Frey, guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner in 1971. Walsh and Schmit replaced the latter two musicians in 1975 and 1977, respectively.
Variety wrote of the first concert: “If this was a test run for whether a post-Glenn Frey version of the Eagles could pass muster, it augured well on that front, thanks to some smart choices about fill-ins for the late co-frontman. The most obvious live ringer was Frey’s 24-year-old son, Deacon,…looking and sounding spookily like the family patriarch in his most heartthrob-ish post-Troubadour days — and also put on some of the rowdier, earlier songs his father sang….Country great Gill provided as assured a recreation of Frey’s slick soulfulness on ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ and ‘New Kid in Town’ as anyone could.”