One of the two new kids in town on go­ing from fan to friend to mem­ber of the Ea­gles.

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Can you re­mem­ber when you heard the Ea­gles for the first time? Oh sure. I was a young kid in Ok­la­homa, just try­ing to fig­ure out how to play the gui­tar, and those were the guys who were do­ing ex­actly what I loved. That first record had a huge im­pact on me, be­cause the songs were so good. To me, that’s what’s stood the test of time – their songs. There are very few peo­ple in life that ac­com­plish that kind of body of work. Where were you when you got the call to join? I was home. I’ve crossed paths with those guys lots of times, so it was out of the blue but it wasn’t out of the blue, if you know what I mean. I was beyond flat­tered that I was some­body they thought could step up and sing and play songs. It was an easy thing to say yes to. In a way, the only ap­pre­hen­sion I had was the ac­cep­tance I thought I might or might not have. How long did it take for that feel­ing to dis­ap­pear? It dis­solved af­ter the first cho­rus of Take It To The Limit. That was the first song I sang with them, first gig. I felt ev­ery­body re­lax, me in­cluded. Did any­one in the band have any ad­vice for you? Oh, ab­so­lutely. I’m dif­fer­ent in the way I ap­proach things on stage. I like to fly by the seat of my pants, play or sing some­thing a dif­fer­ent way from the way I played it the pre­vi­ous night. That’s not the gig here. But there’s no black and white with th­ese guys: “It’s this way.” It makes it easy and fun. Did you have any ad­vice to pass onto Dea­con Frey as the other new guy in the band? I knew his dad re­ally well, but I had never met Dea­con un­til the first re­hearsal. I walked up be­hind him and put my arms around him and said: “Dude, are you as scared as I am?” He was laugh­ing, and went: “Oh yeah, I am ac­tu­ally.” I said: “I got your back, have you got mine? let’s have some fun.” What’s the one Ea­gles deep cut you’d like to play live with them? Oh, man. I was al­ways drawn to

The Sad Café [from 1979’s The

Long Run]. It just spoke to me. They never missed, but that one was al­ways pretty to me. I did talk them into do­ing Ol’ 55, the old Tom Waits song. I asked about that song and they said: “Well we haven’t done that one in years.” It worked up nice. What makes the Ea­gles such a great Amer­i­can band? It starts with the songs, it re­ally does. But also the fact that you’ve had so many iconic voices be a part what of the Ea­gles are. Whether it’s Don singing or Glenn singing or Tim­o­thy singing or Joe Walsh singing, or you had Randy singing, it was: ‘Next guy up’, and it was, like, ‘Holy smoke!’ And then you put them all to­gether, and it’s unique. Right now there are no plans to carry on beyond the sum­mer of 2019. If they called you to do some­thing, would you? Any time I would have the op­por­tu­nity to stand up with those guys and sing th­ese songs and play th­ese songs, as long as they want, I’m in.

Vince Gill and Don Hen­ley with the Ea­gles at LA’s Dodger Sta­dium, July 15, 2017.

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