Vince Gill Joins The Eagles At The Opry, And It’s Easily The Best Performance In Years


It wasn’t the first time the Eagles have landed on the Opry stage. But their Oct 29th appearance was memorable for a few reasons. For one, it was the first live event since Opry member Vince Gill joined as a touring member. Two, the band drew in some seriously famous fans at the Sunday night invitation-only concert. And last but not least, they were playing at The Grand Ole Opry–one of the few places with as much history as the Eagles!

Vince Gill performs with the Eagles
Vince Gill and The Eagles at the Opry (photo from The Tennessean)

A long list of Eagles hits

As Rolling Stone chronicled, the Eagles have a slightly changed composition from when they began. On stage at the Opry were Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and longtime touring guitarist Steuart Smith, along with Deacon Frey (son of the late Glenn Frey), and Vince Gill.

The setlist was incredible. The Eagles have an amazing number of hits, and the October 29th concert incorporated nearly two dozen of them.

They opened with the gorgeous harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” but quickly moved into other hits. “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way” gave Walsh the spotlight. His guitar skills were something uncommon on that stage! “Take It To the Limit” featured Gill, a fitting choice for his vocals. 

Henley continues to lead the band, and his polish as a musician and performer are undeniable. In addition to vocals, Henley also played drums, guitar, and auxiliary percussion, switching between mic and stage position.

The last song of the setlist was “Life in the Fast Lane,” but the concert was hardly over. Two encores followed. A solo horn introduced the sultry timelessness of “Hotel California,” followed by the final song of the night, “Desperado.” After it ended, the members simply walked off stage. 

Vince Gill and Don Henley of the Eagles
Vince Gill and Done Henley (photo from Rolling Stone)

Fame on-stage and off

The fame on-stage was undeniable. But so it was also in the star-studded audience! 

Amy Grant was there, dancing to husband Vince Gill’s “Life in the Fast Lane.” Reba McEntire and Sheryl Crow were spotted, as well as several other pop and country stars.

The band may not be what they were 40-years ago, but they are still something to see. And what more fitting venue than one with the history of The Opry! 

The concert will air on Sirius XM’s Hotel California when the channel launches in mid-November.