B Rock Note: Timothy B. Schmit No Longer the ‘New Guy’ in the Eagles
Vince Gill is more than happy to hit the road with the Eagles, if that's where this latest incarnation of the group is headed. Gill, along with the late-Glenn Frey's son Deacon Frey, will provide guitars and vocals to the timeless Eagles hits during next month's Classic East/West stadium shows in L.A. and New York City. Both Vince Gill and Deacon will be adding vocals and guitars to select hits on the 2 mega gigs.
Gill will add vocals to "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid in Town," "Take It to the Limit" and "Heartache Tonight."
Gill was asked if he'd be game staying on should the band decide to take the show on the road, and told Rolling Stone:
"Are you kidding me? I'd be the first one on the bus. They probably don't take a bus, but I'll drive myself. I'll take my own car. You couldn't dream this up to get to go play in your favorite band, the most important American band in history."
In other Eagles news, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the upcoming stadium shows will mark the first when bassist Timothy B. Schmit will NOT be the "new guy" in the band.
Schmit was the last official Eagle to join the band after the release of the 1976 blockbuster Hotel California, but knew that he was just the player the group needed following Randy Meisner's defection in late-1977:
A really great thing that happened when Glenn first called me and then it all unfolded when I said, 'Yes, I want to do this' was that they asked me to join before we played one note of Eagles music together. I was the one they wanted and it seemed like a really perfect fit to me. It just did -- I'm not blowin' my own horn. But it was obviously a great thing for me, but I really knew that I was the perfect guy to go there. I knew how to do what they wanted me to do."