Country legend Vince Gill still feels the thrill every night when he takes the stage as part of the Eagles. Gill, who signed on with late-co-founder Glenn Frey’s son Deacon Frey following Glenn’s 2016 death, explained how he came to join the band he idolized as a teen, telling the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Glenn Frey was a great friend of mine. It’s a tragic loss. I was as big a fan of that band as the people who come to see them. I never dreamed that I’d play with them. At the end of the day, I really understand how important those songs are and how deep they go with people. It’s pretty hard to describe in a sense, but it’s easy to let people know how much it means to me. Playing with these guys, harmonizing with Don Henley, it’s a ‘pinch me’ moment every night when the lights go down. . . It’s terrifying every time I open my mouth (laughs). Like, ‘Good luck, kid, you’re taking on a classic.'”
In the current shows, Gill — who was blessed with “guitar hero” chops and the voice of an angel — takes the lead on such Glenn Frey classics as “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “New Kid In Town,” and the Randy Meisner standard “Take It To The Limit.” Vince Gill admitted: “There’s a tremendous amount of pressure because you want to make the band feel like they did the right thing in asking me to do this. And you want the crowd to be okay with it. There’s a unique pressure. I can feel it from the crowd. They’re looking at me with one eye closed, wondering, ‘How is this going to work?’ Then after a verse or two, everybody relaxes and it feels like, ‘It’s going to be okay.'”
Joe Walsh explained to us why Vince Gill was such a perfect choice for the Eagles: “We were looking for a special kind of voice, of course, like Glenn had, so that the chemistry is there. You can’t just get anybody — and that’s the chemistry I’m talking about.”
Vince Gill’s next solo show is set for September 27th at Cary, North Carolina’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
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