Vince Gill at the Golden Nugget Casino
Earlier this week, Country music veteran Vince Gill announced that he would be joining The EAGLES for their upcoming festival shows. He will be filling the role that originally was held by Don Felder. It will be something to see for sure, Mr. Gill with his top shelf guitar licks, dueling alongside Joe Walsh! The guitar parts I know he will handle with ease.
What I am most curious about, is to see how me matches up vocally. Vince in known for owning one of the best pure voices ever, but his voice is awfully similar in pitch and range to bass player Timothy B. Scmitt. Music lovers and Eagles fans should have a lot to look forward to. We should also mention it was also announced that Glenn Frey’s son (Deacon) will be filling the shoes of his recently deceased father.
Saturday night in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Vince Gill and Company made a stop at the Golden Nugget Casino. There where whispers and talk in the audience, hoping for an Eagles preview. Vince hit the stage, vintage white Fender telecaster in hand and proceeded to put the entire room into a musical trance.
His voice and guitar prowess combined, cannot be matched by any other living mere mortal. He played a lot of his hits and Vince Gill fan would know. The night is just not long enough for him to have played every hit song he has in his bag. He even threw in some Merle Haggard and Buck Owens covers…..because he can.
His backing band were top notch. I did not recognize all of the members but, to his right, on acoustic guitar and mandolin was Jeff White. Jeff was an original member of Alison Krauss and Union Station. He later went on to form The Chieftains. To his left was legendary pedal steel player Paul Franklin. Paul has played on over 500 albums. He has played on the who’s who in country and rock music. He has even played with, wait for it….Megadeth!
While there was no Megadeth covered this evening during one of his many extended guitar solo’s Gill proceeded to play a classic Eagles guitar solo, much to the crowds delight. While not actually playing an Eagles tune, he did give a little glimpse of what is to come. From the sounds of it, the “new” guy is gonna do just fine.
Article: Tracy McGinnis
Photos: Chad Moreno