Vince Gill is speaking out on the criticism he received when he joined the iconic band, The Eagles.
This message might come as a surprise to those that are diehard Eagles fans. They’ve been outspoken about the fact that the band will never be the same without Glenn Frey. However, in an interview that was published last month, Gill tells the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum that he actually understands where these fans are coming from.
“It’s different, and it’s not as good as the original. I don’t sing like Glenn, and I don’t pretend to. I see a lot of people making negative comments about me being in that band,” Gill says.
He continues, “I get it. It’s my favorite band, too. I don’t want to hear me sing ‘New Kid in Town,’ but the other option is not possible. So I’m just trying to do my part to keep some great songs afloat.”
“Because Glenn was a great friend, and in my heart of hearts I wish I wasn’t doing it,” Gill admits. “That would mean Glenn would still be around, but life is what it is and you just go do what you can do because of what happens. Those songs deserve to live on as long as they can.”
The Vince Gill Journey to Joining the Eagles
Glenn Frey passed away at the age of 67 on Jan. 18, 2016. He died from complications with rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.
After his passing, band members and fans alike assumed that this was the end of the classic rock band. However, Gill was asked to join the band and did so in 2017.
Not only did Gill step in as co-lead guitarist and vocalist, but Frey’s son, Deacon, fills in as well. He’s taking over lead vocal parts, alongside Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh.
The iconic group’s toured off and on ever since.