Eagles co-founder Don Henley said it would have been impossible for the Eagles to keep going after Glenn Frey's death if they hadn't got "family blood" in the group, in the form of Glenn's son Deacon.
When Deacon performed Peaceful Easy Feeling at his father’s memorial service, Henley was impressed with what he heard.
“As difficult as that might have been, he was so brave and composed,” Henley said. “I’m sure, on the inside, he was churning. After a few months went by I thought, ‘Why not see if he would like to be in the band?”
Henley also wondered if it would have been right to continue without Glenn. “The only way it felt justified to me was to have family blood in the band,” he said about Deacon's first Eagles appearance at the Dodger Stadium in July.
“And I have to hand it to Deacon. He had don some gigs with his father – private parties, in front of maybe 200 people. To go from that to 50,000 people is extraordinary. I don’t know many people who could have done that without freaking out.”
“I’ve told him that he doesn’t need to feel obligated to do this indefinitely. … If he wants to start his own band and write his own music, he should do that. He can do this as long as we all agree that we want to do it. He may want to carve out his own future, and that’s just fine.”
Source: Ultimate Classic Rock