BIG Music News: Eagles, Chicago

EAGLES:  Vince Gill was asked about the possibility of touring with the Eagles

Vince Gill tells Rolling Stone Country that if the Eagles ask him to tour with them after the two shows he's doing with them next month, he'll "be the first one on the bus."

Vince is joining the band as they reunite next month for Classic West in Los Angeles and Classic East in New York. He is one of two musicians they've turned to to fill in for the late Glenn Frey. The other one is Glenn's son, Deacon Frey.

"With Deacon being a part of it, it's the most appropriate thing," says Vince. "He's blood and he's his son. That's healing in its own. I'm beyond flattered that of all the people who play and sing music, that they'd think enough of me to do this. I feel like I'm a great fit. The things I can do and the gifts I've been given really marry well."

Asked how he approached the rehearsals with the band, he said, "I didn't know what to learn, but I assumed learn Glenn songs. I don't know which ones Deacon was going to sing; which ones I was going to sing. That's what rehearsal was for. There's already three guitar players in the band before I get there, so I'm wading in. I was very minimalistic in what I was trying to do. There would be nothing worse than me just blasting in going 90 miles per hour."

As for what songs he'll sing, Vince says "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid in Town," "Take It to the Limit" and "Heartache Tonight."

CHICAGO:  Fans really get a kick out of seeing them with the Doobie Brothers

It's another two-fer tour for Chicago fans. After spending part of 2016 sharing stages with Earth, Wind and Fire, this year they're partnering with The Doobie Brothers.

Thursday night on the Songwriters Hall of Fame red carpet, James Pankow spoke out:

"The fans get a big kick out of seeing two of their favorite bands together. You know, we try when we can to collaborate on stage, do something together, to give the fans a real treat. Because that's something they never see. We'll be out with The Doobies until mid-August and we're having a ball."

The tour spent some time in Texas this past weekend with shows in Dallas and Austin.

PAUL McCARTNEY:  Another royal honor for Sir Paul

Paul McCartney has been honored for a third time by Queen Elizabeth.

Released on Friday, the Queen’s Birthday Honours List noted that he will be named a Companion of Honour for his services to music.

In his response, Paul said, "I'm very happy about this huge honor and with the news coming on my birthday weekend and Father's Day it makes it colossal!"

This is his third Royal honor. He became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in June 1965 along with the rest of The Beatles.

In 1997 he was knighted for his services to music (OBE).  Paul turned 75 on Sunday.

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