Deacon Frey, the son of the late Glenn Frey, will be joining Eagles for a series of American stadium shows.
Eagles have cycled through a number of members over the years, and the latest addition seems particularly apt.
“There’s going to be an official announcement in a few days but let’s just do it here,” Henley told sports radio show The Ticket. “Glenn’s son Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. He’s enthusiastic about it and he’s been working real hard on it, and he’s gonna do it with us. I think that’s appropriate.
“I never planned on it coming out this way but it’s my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive.
“Apparently people still want to hear them. I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue.”
There is no word on whether this will be a permanent addition, but Henley seems to feel it is the only appropriate replacement for the elder Frey.
“There’s an old system both in Eastern and Western culture called the guild system where the father is the master and the son is the apprentice.
“The trade, the craft, the business is handed down from father to son. I think it’s the only appropriate way to carry on. I don’t think I’d do it otherwise. Since it’s Glenn’s blood, it’s his son, I think that’s appropriate.
“There’ll be one more musician along for the ride too, but I’m not gonna say who that is.”