Vince Gill is a prolific singer-songwriter in his own right, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be doing that side of his craft as a member of the Eagles soon. In a new interview, the country icon said the legendary country-rock band has no plans to record new music with the current lineup they are a part of.
“I don’t think so,” said Gill Cleveland.com. “There doesn’t seem to be any attempt at that, and I think it’s pretty healthy.”
Gill adds that he turned down the opportunity to add one of his own songs to the Eagles’ set because he believes their shows should focus on the classics fans expect to hear.
“Thread [Henley] was kind enough to say, ‘Hey let’s do one of your songs,’ and I said, ‘With all due respect, I’d rather not do this,’ ”he shares. “I’m already walking in a place where a lot of people maybe don’t accept me. The last thing I want to do is give them one more reason to say, ‘I didn’t come here to hear his songs, Also. I just heard the Eagles songs! So we kind of kept that, which seems to make the most sense. “
Gill surprised fans when he joined the Eagles in 2017. He made his concert debut with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on July 15, 2017, in new lineup that includes Deacon Frey. Gill and young Frey took to the stage at Classic West at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh for the Eagles’ first-ever concert without Glenn Frey, who died Jan. 18, 2016, at the age of 67. suffered from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.
Gill and Frey have toured with the Eagles since, and shows have included Deacon Frey taking the lead vocals on “Take It Easy”, as well as Gill singing “Lyin ‘Eyes” and “Take It to the Limit”.
The Eagles have devoted much of 2021 to their California Hotel Tour, which has been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. These shows featured the group performing their 1976 California Hotel album in its entirety, supported by an orchestra and a choir of 22 people. A second set featured the group performing a selection of the greatest hits of their careers, and the shows gave Gill a chance to expand his vocal role in the Eagles.
“We did ‘Ol’ 55 ‘for a while, which I always loved,” he told Cleveland.com. “I was asked to sing ‘Try and Love Again’ which they never did for a very long time. California Hotel record from start to finish and Don said, “I think you should sing that”, so okay. You just got this catalog of material and every night it’s great song after great song after great song. There are a few things that have arisen that have kind of evolved. It works and everyone seems to be having fun. “
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