Confirmed by Eagles' co-founder, Don Henley, Deacon Frey, the son of late Eagles other co-founder, Glenn Frey, will take Glenn's place for some upcoming concerts in July. The band is currently scheduled to co-headline two classic rock festivals, with Fleetwood Mac: The Classic West occurring in Los Angeles over the weekend of July 15-16 and The Classic East in New York, the weekend of July 29-30.
Glenn Frey passed away on January 18. 2016, from complications caused by rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. After his passing, Don Henley said that he believed the Eagles were over, as the band would not go on without Glenn. However, he has since said, and now confirmed, that the band will continue with Glenn's son Deacon. Don told the host during a Dallas radio show interview "There’s going to be an official announcement in a few days but let’s just do it here. Glenn’s son Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. He’s enthusiastic about it and he’s been working real hard on it, and he’s gonna do it with us. I think that’s appropriate.” He then went on to talk about an old adage of “an old system both in Eastern and Western culture called the guild system, where the father is the master and the son is the apprentice. The trade, the craft, the business is handed down from father to son. I think it’s the only appropriate way to carry on. I don’t think I’d do it otherwise. Since it’s Glenn’s blood, it’s his son, I think that’s appropriate." Don then concluded by saying "it’s my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive. Apparently people still want to hear them. I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue.”