Classic East festival: The Eagles headline stellar opening night at Citi Field show – New York News

The Eagles concert at Citi Field Saturday was so poignant and well-executed there was no way to tell whether it was the legendary band’s final East Coast appearance or the start of its next chapter.

Though the band served as the headliners for opening night of The Classic East festival’s high-profile inaugural run, its show was more a tribute to the band’s co-founder, the late Glenn Frey.

“It’s a little tender here,” said Deacon Frey, who joined the band to handle the lead vocals on some of the songs his father Glenn had written, adding that it was the first time he had returned to New York since his father died here last year at 67 of complications from ulcerative colitis. “It really means a lot to come back here and feel all this love.”

Both Freys got a huge ovation at the end of “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” with a photo of Glenn showing on the huge video screens as Deacon delivered a touching version of his father’s signature song that would have made him proud. Deacon Frey’s vocals, especially on “Take It Easy” and “Already Gone,” are all the more disarming because the 24-year-old looks so much like his father from the Eagles’ heyday and his harmonies fit in so well with the rest of the band.

That said, his father’s absence is still…

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