EAGLES & THE MAC: Let the Speculating Begin

With word leaking out Thursday about the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac coming together for two two-day festivals this summer -- one in New York at Citi Field and the other in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium -- many are beginning to wonder exactly what's in store for what's being called Classic East and Classic West. Among the concerns are:

  • What made Don Henley decide to resurrect the Eagles? He was quoted as saying he felt the band's tribute to Glenn Frey at last year's Grammy Awards marked the end of the band, but he sang a different tune in September. In an interview with the Montreal Gazette he said, "Glenn has a son who can sing and play quite well... the only way I would consider any kind of reunion, I think, would be with Glenn’s son, Deacon..."

  • There are many people who feel the music is more powerful than who is playing it, and the songs of the Eagles mean so much to so many. Having reunited with former guitarist Bernie Leadon for its last tour, the band is still a four-piece at its core and Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh can each tackle a few of Glenn's songs. Or, they can ask Jackson Browne like they did at last year's Grammy tribute, or have Frey's childhood friend Bob Seger sit in. Seger paid tribute to Glenn at December's Kennedy Center Honors.

  • As for Fleetwood Mac, while Stevie Nicks is against doing another album, she's never said she would no longer perform with the band.
  • Both the Eagles and the Mac are managed by Irving Azoff, whose Azoff MSG Entertainment is behind the show, along with Live Nation, the country's largest promoter. This is Live Nation's answer to Desert Trip, which is produced by their competitor, Goldenvoice/AEG.
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