Has Vince Gill been made an official member of the Eagles yet, or what?
Because we saw the Grammy and CMA-winner onstage with the iconic country rock group at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville this week, and he looked right at home.
In January of last year, the Eagles’ family and fan base suffered a monumental loss with the passing of one the band’s beloved founders, Glenn Frey. Many — including us — wondered if the group would officially retire in the wake of the heartbreaking loss. But just when we thought it was really over, they stunned us all and made the decision to carry on in Glenn’s memory and honor him in the most beautiful way: by inviting his son, Deacon Frey, to stand in his place, along with Vince.
The new mini-tour that followed included a handful of dates, although surprisingly, not Nashville. But on Oct 30 SiriusXM hosted a private show for subscribers, and the Eagles took the stage for the first time at the Opry House, a big thrill for Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and especially Joe Walsh, who gushed to the audience how much he revered the Opry stage.
Some of music’s biggest stars where there to support them: Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Big & Rich, Kid Rock, Amy Grant, “Nashville’s” Charles Esten, the Oak Ridge Boys, Frankie Ballard, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Jon Pardi, Sara Evans and others were all singing and dancing in the crowd.
From the opener, “Seven Bridges Road,” to the rockers like “Life In The Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight” and the ballads like “Best of My Love,” Vince fit the group like a glove, lending his voice effortlessly to their impeccable harmonies. And when he took the lead on songs such as “Tequila Sunrise,” “Take It To The Limit” and “Lyin’ Eyes,” it was as if those songs were tailor-made for him.
The sweetest moment came before Vince performed “New Kid In Town.” He told the audience that although he was thrilled to be with one of his favorite bands of all time, it still didn’t feel right not hearing Glenn sing his own songs. So he took the moment and honored Deacon by dedicating the song to him.
There were a lot of folks holding back tears.
Those tears flowed once more as the group took its second encore and closed out the show with an emotional performance of “Desperado” that hit the heart a little harder that night.
Which brings us back to the question: is Vince going to become an Eagle permanently? Whether it’s just for touring or for special performances, there’s no denying it’s a match made in harmonic heaven.
The concert will run on SiriusXM’s “Hotel California” station, a limited-run channel launching in mid-November. The channel will feature all things Eagles, including its members’ solo works and their big influences.