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Starting in 2017, the roster of the Eagles features, from left, Don Henley, Deacon Frey, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill and Timothy B. Schmidt.

Provided photo by Myriam Santos

The Eagles are headed back to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 20, 2018.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8, following various presales for American Express cardholders and others.

The current version of the Eagles features longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt, plus country singer Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, the 24-year-old son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey.

Glenn Frey died in January 2016 at age 67 from post-surgical complications, including pneumonia, stemming from his longtime battle with rheumatoid arthritis and acute ulcerative colitis.

Whether or not his bandmates would continue without him was initially uncertain. Longtime Eagles associate Jackson Browne joined the band for a tribute to Frey during the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Deacon Frey and Gill, whose successful solo career followed a stint in the Eagles-like country/pop band Pure Prairie League, joined the Eagles for a few shows this summer, including the Classic West and Classic East stadium concerts.

They now appear to be on board indefinitely. The Eagles' recently announced 2018 tour includes several stadium concerts with such A-list opening acts as Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton and James Taylor.

The New Orleans date at the Smoothie King Center, to be promoted by Live Nation Entertainment, was not included in the initial tour itinerary. It precedes a show at AT&T Stadium in Henley’s hometown of Dallas by three days. No opening act has been announced.

The Smoothie King Center show effectively rules out the Eagles for the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Eagles landed at Jazz Fest in 2012, playing to an enormous crowd at the Acura Stage.

They also headlined what was then called the New Orleans Arena in 2009. They returned to the building in 2014 during their History of the Eagles Tour.

With the addition of Gill and the younger Frey for yet another tour, that history isn’t over yet.

“It isn’t so much about us as it is the songs,” Henley told Rolling Stone recently. “That’s what people come to hear.”

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