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At 24, Deacon Frey is the spitting image of his old man, late Eagle Glenn Frey. Tall, dark, and handsome with a voice and playing style that call forth memories of someone we once knew, Deacon was the best – and as far as we’re concerned, the only – choice the Eagles could have made when making the decision to fill Glenn’s shoes for the band’s headlining dates at Classic East and West, equal parts humble and fiercely capable as he stood onstage last weekend and high praise from fans and critics alike.
To say that last 18 months have been the hardest of Deacon’s life is an understatement, one that was never more obvious than when it came time for the Eagles to launch into “Peaceful Easy Feeling”; one of the handful of songs that saw the younger Frey take the lead, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” was prefaced by a brief tribute to Glenn from his biggest fan as Deacon addressed his father’s passing and thanked the audience for the love and kindness they’ve shown him.
“This is unbelievable. The last few years have been rough. The only remedy for that is love and I’m feeling it from you tonight,” murmured Deacon.
“This is my medicine.”
Emotions already running high throughout the crowd as they witnessed the Eagles’ first foray into the music world without Glenn leading the charge, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Deacon beautifully sailed his way through “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” eliciting a roar from the crowd when he asked “Anyone out there miss my dad?” before wrapping the song to furious applause. Slated to hit the stage again with the Eagles next weekend at Classic East in New York, we can only imagine the response this talented young man will garner from the crowd now that they know what he’s capable of.