The Eagles shared with their fans on Wednesday (April 6) that Deacon Frey – son of the late Glenn Frey – was leaving the group to pursue other opportunities.
“Deacon Frey has dedicated the past 4 1/2 years to carrying on his father’s legacy and, after a few weeks of reflection, he now feels it’s time for him to chart his own course,” the band said in a statement. communicated on their website. “We completely understand him and we support him in everything he wants to pursue in the years to come.
“In the wake of his father’s passing, 24-year-old Deacon has done an extraordinary thing in moving from relative anonymity into the very public world of his father’s long and illustrious career,” they continued. “We are grateful to Deacon for his admirable efforts and wish him well as he charts his future. Deacon’s Eagles family will always be there to surround him with love, support and goodwill, and he is always welcome to join us on stage at future concerts, if he wishes. We hope our fans will join us in wishing Deacon the best as he enters the next phase of his career.
The eldest Frey died in 2016 aged 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, at which time his son stepped in to take his place in the rock legends lineup with Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmit. A year later, Vince Gill also joined the band on rhythm and lead guitar and vocals.
During Deacon’s time playing with Eagles, the band mainly concentrated on touring, recording a single single – a cover of Dan Fogelberg’s 1974 album cut “Part of the Plan” for the compilation of 2017. Tribute to Dan Fogelberg.
This summer, the Eagles are set to embark on a number of stadium dates across Europe – including stops in Liverpool, Dublin, Edinburgh and London – with support from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.