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Eagles triumph at first show without Glenn Frey

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Fans are raving over the Eagles' Saturday night (July 15th) gig at Dodgers Stadium as part of the Classic West/East Concerts -- with the late-Glenn Frey's son Deacon Frey confidently living up to the family name and giving Eagles fans hope for the future.

After the band opened with their classic Steve Young cover, the vocal showcase "Seven Bridges Road," Deacon took the lead on the band's first true classic, "Take It Easy" and throughout the night alternated on six and 12-string acoustic and electric guitar, taking the lead vocal on both "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone."

Fellow new edition, country star Vince Gill, stepped up to the mic to tackle such Glenn Frey favorites as "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid In Town," and the Randy Meisner standard "Take It To The Limit," which in recent years was reclaimed by Frey, who co-wrote it with the former Eagles bassist and Don Henley. The main surprise of the night was "Heartache Tonight" co-writer Bob Seger hopping onstage and honoring his teenage buddy Glenn Frey by taking the lead vocal on their legendary co-write and chart topping hit.

Longtime Eagles collaborator J.D. Souther co-wrote "Heartache Tonight" with Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and gave us the inside scoop on Bob Seger's key involvement with the Eagles' last chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 to date: "Glenn and I were walking around my living room, just clapping our hands -- no instruments -- and we were trying to write a Sam Cooke song. And if you think about the melody without instruments, it's very, very, Sam Cooke-ish, y'know? We got a verse-and-a-half, or, two into it and just couldn't think of a chorus and so, (laughs) Glenn called Seger on the phone and sang it to him, and Seger just came right in with, (sings) 'It's gonna be a Heartache Tonight!' So, Glenn called me back and said, 'We got a chorus.'"

Bob Seger, who came up with Glenn Frey back home in Detroit told us that Frey and music were pretty much, one and the same: "They had a nickname for him in the Eagles, they called him 'The Lone Arranger.' People would bring in a song and Glenn would arrange it. That was his nickname -- 'The Lone Arranger.' And of course, he loved soul music. He loved Marvin Gaye, he loved Al Green, he loved Otis Redding -- he named his last kid after Otis Redding. Otis is his youngest kid, y'know, 16-years-old."

Health issues plagued Steely Dan's set, with Walter Becker missing the show due to an undisclosed illness and Ultimate Classic Rock reporting: "In addition, longtime touring guitarist Jon Herington was absent, but was replaced by jazz and session veteran Larry Carlton." Donald Fagen also performed clearly missing a tooth.

The Doobie Brothers' hit-filled setlist featured several deep dip into their catalogue with "Dark Eyed Cajun Woman" from 1973's The Captain And Me; "Spirit" from 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits; and "Sweet Maxine" from 1975's "Stampede." Also returning to the set after a long layoff was the Doobies' 1989 comeback reunion hit, "The Doctor.”

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The Eagles began in 1971, when Linda Ronstadt recruited Glenn Frey and Don Henley for her band. Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon soon joined and the four played live behind Ronstadt only once at a concert at Disneyland. With Ronstadt's blessing, Henley and Frey asked Leadon and Meisner to form a band and the rest is history

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