Fans Embrace The Eagles with Newcomers Vince Gill and Deacon Frey
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Fans Embrace The Eagles with Newcomers Vince Gill and Deacon Frey

Fans Embrace The Eagles with Newcomers Vince Gill and Deacon Frey

The Eagles with special guest Chris Stapleton
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
June 15, 2018
Review and Photography by Suzanne Cordeiro

The Eagles at Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 6/15/2018. © 2018 Suzanne CordeiroAs a lifelong loyal fan of The Eagles, I cried ugly tears over the loss of Glenn Frey. I couldn’t imagine the magic continuing without their frontman, and I also couldn’t fathom the end of them performing live in concert. I secretly hoped and prayed that the stars would align and someone would come in and fill those unbelievably big shoes.  Enter Vince Gill and Deacon Frey.

I’ve always had an appreciation for Vince Gill’s music and overall demeanor. Having seen and photographed him a few times, he just seems like the most genuine and authentic human being. You can’t help but like him. It would be easy to dislike anyone trying to replace Glenn Frey but it’s impossible to dislike Gill. It just fits, it’s perfect. The self-proclaimed “new guy in the band” did a masterful job filling in, and fans showed their appreciation by singing along and cheering loudly.

The Eagles at Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 6/15/2018. © 2018 Suzanne CordeiroWith respect to 24-year old Deacon Frey, it’s impossible not to notice and embrace how much he looks like his dad. His voice on the other hand, while reminiscent, is purely his own. As a sentimental fan, I can’t help but think that Glenn is looking down on his son and proudly smiling from ear to ear. It warms the heart to see this young talented musician rise to the occasion and I felt Glenn Frey’s spirit present in the arena.

The Eagles at Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 6/15/2018. © 2018 Suzanne Cordeiro

While there was indeed some marked difference in the overall concert experience, Eagles 2018 still felt like old times and good memories. Joe Walsh is still the Joe we love, complete with the black pants and face contortions while bellowing “Life’s Been Good.” Timothy B. Schmit is still our laid-back crooner who makes our hearts melt with “I Can’t Tell You Why.”  And Don Henley still bounced back and forth from playing the drums and guitar, his vocals as strong as ever.

 

Chris Stapleton at Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 6/15/2018. © 2018 Suzanne CordeiroStarting the evening was the amazing Chris Stapleton, who is really more of a co-headliner at this point in his career than an opening act. Stapleton played a strong set to a crowd that was unfortunately still finding their seats. Judging by the standing ovation and hoots and hollers he received at the end of his last number, I’m certain many of those latecomers were kicking themselves for not arriving early enough to catch his full performance.

 

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THE EAGLES SETLIST:  Seven Bridges Road, Take It Easy, One of These Nights, Take It to the Limit, Tequila Sunrise, Witchy Woman, In the City (Joe Walsh song), I Can’t Tell You Why, New Kid in Town, How Long (J.D. Souther cover), Peaceful Easy Feeling, Ol’ ’55 (Tom Waits cover), Lyin’ Eyes, Love Will Keep Us Alive, Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away (Vince Gill cover), Those Shoes, Already Gone, Victim of Love, Walk Away (James Gang cover), Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh song), Heartache Tonight, Funk #49 (James Gang cover), Life in the Fast Lane Encore: Hotel California Encore 2: Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh song), Desperado

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Suzanne Cordeiro
Experienced marketing professional; Live music photographer and writer covering the music scene, the arts, SWSW, festivals, local events, family attractions, Broadway, and travel. Social media enthusiast with a passion for events marketing, music and photography. As a marketing consultant, I enjoy learning and teaching about using social media tools to build relationships and drive business.