Joe Walsh
Rock musician
Joe Walsh
Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has been a member of three commercially successful bands, the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles, and has experienced notable success as a solo artist and prolific session musician, especially with B.B. King and Dan Fogelberg.
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The Eagles' '<em>Hotel California</em>' at 40, '<em>Buffalo Springfield</em>' at 50
Huffington Post - 4 months
Quick, what is the state anthem of California? If you answer 'California, Here I Come,' you are, like me, wrong. If your answer is 'I Love You, California,' you are an unusually well-informed career state employee. And if, like billions of people around the world, you answer 'Hotel California,' well, you are technically wrong but, oh so right. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Hotel California,' both the song and the album it graces which is one of the most telling, and best-selling, albums of all time. The power and mystery of 'Hotel California' has tantalized and inspired, provoked and mystified ever since its exotic and evocative guitar figures and enigmatic lyrics were first heard 40 years ago. "It makes me want to go there and it makes me want to get away," said one tourist standing near a California street corner as a singer with a guitar gave the song a go. "Look at me," she said. "Here I am." December also marks the 50th anniversary of 'Buffal ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 4 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Former Rep. Joe Walsh, a Trump supporter, admonishes FBI director James Comey
CNN - 5 months
As criticism mounts against FBI Director James Comey from Democrats, an unlikely ally and outspoken Donald Trump supporter has joined the chorus.
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Country, rock stars join all-star Country Music Hall of Fame benefit lineup in L.A.
LATimes - 8 months
James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Joe Walsh and Kacey Musgraves join host Vince Gill on Sept. 27 for this year’s All For the Hall Los Angeles concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program. The show will take place again at The Novo by Microsoft Theater (formerly...
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Don Felder Says He Wasnt Invited To Join Grammys Tribute To Glenn Frey
Huffington Post - about 1 year
• Jackson Browne, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Don Henley of the Eagles performed "Take It Easy" at the Grammys Monday night. • Felder was fired from the band in 2001. Talk about a snub.  Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder was left out of last night's Grammys tribute to the late Glenn Frey, and he is not gonna "take it easy."  Felder, who was fired from The Eagles in 2001, tweeted his disappointment on Tuesday morning about not being included.  I would have been honored to have joined The Eagles last night for the Glenn Frey Tribute at the Grammys but sadly I was not invited. — Don Felder (@donfelder) February 16, 2016 Too badI couldn't have joined The Eagles last night for the Glenn Frey Tribute at the Grammys but I was not invited pic.twitter.com/YhYov7jAFK — Don Felder (@donfelder) February 16, 2016 Jackson Browne and Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh and Don Henley of the Eagles performed "Take It Easy" at the a ...
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Vince Gill on Glenn Frey: 'He Was a World Class Guitar Player' - RollingStone.com
Google News - about 1 year
RollingStone.com Vince Gill on Glenn Frey: 'He Was a World Class Guitar Player' RollingStone.com The Eagles' guitar sound may be best identified with the ferocious "Hotel California" fretwork of Joe Walsh and Don Felder, but Glenn Frey's playing was also key to the group's output. Vince Gill, himself an ace guitarist who has turned in solos for ... RIP, Glenn Frey: Reflections on the Long Run, Including Time in ColoradoWestword 10 Ways Glenn Frey Was More Than Just the Eagle You Love to HatePhoenix New Times Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Dies at 67: Look Back at His LifeUs Weekly all 425 news articles »
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You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind ...
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"You can't argue with a sick mind" ... Joe Walsh. I think I have stepped into a parallel universe. Nothing makes sense. To understand what is going on in Greece, imagine Bernie Sanders fighting to pass a significant reduction in social security payments in the U.S. in order to continue to prop up a host of insolvent banks. What is even crazier is that the average Greek believes this is a good idea. We have experienced two general strikes in the past three weeks. This is the first time we have seen general strikes in Greece since Tsipras came to power in January. While these strikes have been peaceful and have very little impact on day-to-day living in Athens, it is a reminder of how things were and how they could be. What is even stranger is that the strikes are being organized by Tsipras's own party ... Syriza, to protest its own government. Now Greece is starting up the cry for reducing Greece's debt obligation, despite the fact few actual steps have been taken to implem ...
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Politicians: Respect and Protect Copyright
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump's campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. But I've been singing this song for a while now. In February, I became a founding member of the GRAMMY Creators' Alliance. The Alliance joined many big names in the music business, not for ourselves, but for the up-and-coming songwriters and artists. To bring hope. To try and change laws that are hindering the music biz. To make sure that songwriters and artists can practice their art without threat of extinction. To make sure those who practice their craft get paid fairly when others use their work. I'm not alone in my efforts to bring change. Today, more than 1,650 musicians and songwriters will be visiting their local congress members in their home offices as part of our grassroots program, GRAMMYs in my District. Big changes are happening right now in copyright ...
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Feder: Joe Walsh loses New York radio platform
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
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Rock Hallis staging a mini-Beatles reunion in Cleveland
NPR - about 2 years
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its slate of performers for the 30th induction ceremonies next month in Cleveland.Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr will be inducted by his bandmate, Paul McCartney. It's the first time they have publicly been in Cleveland together since 1966, when the Fab Four played Municipal Stadium. Their other Cleveland show was at Public Hall in 1964.Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Wonder will also be on-hand to induct Bill Withers. Other performers include Ohio natives Dave Grohl of Nirvana, Joe Walsh of The Eagles and R&amp;B star John Legend.The event at Public Hall will also induct The "5" Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joan Jett, Lou Reed and Green Day.Leading up to the April 18 ceremony, the Rock Hall is launching two new exhibits. Its first "photography only" display -- featuring the work of Herb Ritts -- is open now. And an exhibit profiling this year's inductees opens April 11. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
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All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in My Life
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For the past month or two, I've had the honor of spending a significant part of my time helping to celebrate the uniquely positive and enduring impact of The Beatles on our lives. I was happy to do so on The Grammy Awards, in Playtone's The Sixties: The British Invasion on CNN, and this Sunday night on CBS, The Beatles -- The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute. Our big Grammy Salute to The Beatles is airing on the same network exactly 50 years after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr first played on The Ed Sullivan Show. Please please me and see it -- it's Fab. This two-and-a-half-hour CBS special features performances by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Katie Perry, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Maroon Five, Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Imagine Dragons and John Mayer, and appearances by Johnny Depp, David Letterman, Anna Kendrick, Jeff Bridges, LL Cool J, Kate Beckinsale and Eric Idle. Of course, the who ...
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On the Scene: The Eagles bring their greatest hits to renovated L.A. Forum
Entertainment Weekly - about 3 years
When Joe Walsh performed his solo hit “Life’s Been Good” during the Eagles’ first show back at the L.A. Forum
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Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh, New Order Set for Tibet House Benefit
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
The 24th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert will feature a typically star-studded and diverse lineup of musicians Iggy Pop Joe Walsh and New Order are all slated to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 11th Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are serving as Honorary Chairpersons...
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Ring-a-Ding-Ding in the New Year!
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
The Mercury's handy guide to Portland's best ball drops. by Ned Lannamann 2013 is drawing to a close. Quick! What are you doing for New Year's? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We took stock of the 10 best parties in town and asked participating bands and DJs what to expect from their New Year's Eve celebrations. They let us know exactly what's up their sleeves, from what to drink to whom to kiss to which song they'll be playing at midnight. There's a lot to choose from, so take a look at what Portland's best New Year's parties have on tap—and with our help, you'll be in the exact right spot at the start of 2014. Built to Spill Three-Night Celebration w/Slam Dunk, the Apostrophes; Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Sun-Tues 8 pm, $22-25 While a new Built to Spill album won't arrive until 2014, Portland doesn't have to wait for a dose of their woolen, rugged rock. The Boise legends—who hold their band rehearsals right here i ...
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How Online Retailers Are Preparing For Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Huffington Post - over 3 years
'Tis the season for online sales. As the biggest sales weekend of the year approaches, online merchants small and large are preparing to entice customers to spend on their site - and to support the resulting increase in sales volume. Ten of Shopify's Build A Business competitors shared what they're doing to prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. DropCatch, Joe Walsh: "Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the most anticipated shopping days of the Holiday season. Not only has the DropCatch team been preparing an exciting deal, we have also been thinking of ways to engage our fans and increase search traffic. We are able to stay relevant among our fans by connecting via email marketing, posting on social media, and curating original blog content on our Shopify site. The blog posts will also help us improve our SEO ranking for organic searches. Writing an interesting article about Black Friday and Bottle Openers will aid in bringing us to the forefront of natural search engine ...
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MMLP2: Best-Selling OS Update, Not Sequel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
#Eminem Week is over and it's time to figure out what it all means. Here's the biggest takeaway so far: You can't go home again; especially if you're MTV Europe's Global Icon, YouTube's first-ever Entertainer of the Year, and you learned that your dilapidated former Detroit home, featured on the MMLP2 and Marvel Comic Ironman covers, was further damaged by fire in a tragic turn of events all in the last seven days. On top of that there's the realization that today's savvy audiences are no longer checking solely for Slim Shady and his old shenanigans. That's why Eminem's latest album, MMLP2, is less of a sequel and more of an update to his overall operating system. MMLP2 fills in the gaps between his static and distinct personas, represented by his trilogy of albums that blew up the charts between 1999 and 2002, revealing a dynamic integrated perspective that rehashes old topics and adapts to new realities. What's old? The three Ts - taboos, teases and throwbacks. Part of what makes ...
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Second Impressions: Marshall Mathers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Opening The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is a seven-minute set-piece called "Bad Guy." The beat is, for the most part, a two-tone blinker reverb'd to sound like hightops squeaking on a basketball court: left, right, left, right. Eminem starts in at the fifth bar, fastening his lines with deadpan end rhymes; the effect is sustained tension, blank space piercing the verse like a gasp for air. Gradually, the rapper revs his engine, opening up with assonance, inverted constructions, slant rhymes, triple-decker puns, a bit of snarl. You can hear him come into his own so much that by the first chorus, it sounds like more of what we've been taught to expect from Eminem -- another wordy murder ballad aimed at the rapper's ex-wife, his mother, his father, you, anyone, really. But then the third verse: "How's this for a publicity stunt? This should be fun / Last album now cause after this you'll be officially done / Eminem killed by M&amp;M / Matthew Mitchell, bitch, I even have your initials." ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Walsh
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On May 24, 2016 Walsh appeared on NBC's The Voice (U.S. TV series) in which he played slide guitar, talk box and sang Rocky Mountain Way with contestant Laith Al-Saadi.
    More Details Hide Details Walsh is active in charity work and has performed in a number of concerts to raise money for charitable causes. He has also been a personal contributor to a number of charity causes including halfway houses for displaced adult women in Wichita, Kansas. Walsh funded the first talent-based scholarship at Kent State University in 2008. Walsh cites influences including Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Jeff Beck, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Manfred Mann, and the Faces. In turn he has influenced Dan Fogelberg, Maroon 5, Kenny Chesney, Jonny Lang, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and George Thorogood. Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band taught Walsh how to play the slide guitar.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Walsh made a guest appearance on Foo Fighters' eighth studio album Sonic Highways.
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    On February 9, 2014, Walsh was featured in several songs on the CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.
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  • 2012
    In an interview to promote his album Analog Man in 2012, Walsh revealed he was considering a serious bid for political office. "I think I would run seriously, and I think I would run for Congress," Walsh told WASH in Washington, D.C. "The root of the problem is that Congress is so dysfunctional.
    More Details Hide Details We're dead in the water until Congress gets to work and passes some new legislation to change things." Jimmy Page's sunburst 1959 Gibson Les Paul, better known as his "Number 1" was originally owned by Joe Walsh and was sold to Page in 1969. In 1970, Walsh gave a 1959 Gretsch 6120 to the Who's lead guitarist Pete Townshend. Townshend would go on to use the Gretsch in the studio to record tracks on albums such as Who's Next and Quadrophenia. Walsh has also been seen using a wide variety of other guitars by companies including Duesenberg, Ibanez and Schecter. Solo albums Other recordings
    In May 2012, the Berklee College of Music awarded Walsh, along with other members of the Eagles, an honorary doctorate for his accomplishments in the field of music.
    More Details Hide Details In 1974, Walsh produced Dan Fogelberg's Souvenirs album and played the guitar, electric guitar, 12 string guitar, ARP bass and provided backing vocals. He also contacted Graham Nash to sing harmony vocals on "Part of the Plan", which helped send the album to No. 17 on the 1975 Billboard album chart. In 1981 Walsh and former Barnstorm bandmate, Joe Vitale, went to work on old friend John Entwistle's fifth solo album Too Late the Hero, whenever they were free to work on it. The album turned out to become John Entwistle's best-charting solo album, with hit singles "Talk Dirty" and "Too Late the Hero". Walsh was a background musician (1st guitar solo) on Eagles band member Don Henley's 1982 hit "Dirty Laundry" (listed as such in the liner notes of I Can't Stand Still and Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits). Walsh has also contributed to albums by: Ringo Starr, America, REO Speedwagon, Jay Ferguson, Andy Gibb, Wilson Phillips, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Steve Winwood, and on the Richard Marx hit "Don't Mean Nothing".
    Walsh also appeared on the 60th Episode of Live from Daryl's House with Daryl Hall, which premiered on November 15, 2012.
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    On February 12, 2012, Walsh appeared on stage with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and McCartney's band at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to close out the Grammy Awards show.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Walsh married Marjorie Bach (sister of Barbara Bach and sister-in-law of Ringo Starr) in Los Angeles on December 13, 2008. Walsh's daughter Lucy Walsh is also a musician who has worked with Ashlee Simpson and others. She released her debut solo album, Lost in the Lights, in spring 2007.
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    In 2008, Walsh appeared on the Carvin 60th Anniversary Celebration DVD as a celebrity endorser.
    More Details Hide Details In the recorded interview, he highly praised Carvin Guitars and claims that the bridge design is "just like the first Les Paul models. I can't even get Gibson to reissue it". Kent State University awarded Walsh an honorary degree in music in December 2001.
    The Eagles won their fifth Grammy in 2008, in the category Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "How Long."
    More Details Hide Details On March 20, 2008, the Eagles launched their world tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden at The O2 Arena in London. The Long Road Out of Eden Tour concluded the American portion of the tour at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on May 9, 2009. It was the first concert ever held in the new soccer stadium. The tour traveled to Europe, with its final concert date on July 22, 2009, in Lisbon. The band spent the summer of 2010 touring North American stadiums with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban. The tour expanded to England as the headline act of the Hop Farm Festival on July 1, 2011. Asked in November 2010 whether the Eagles were planning a follow-up to Long Road Out of Eden, Schmit replied, "My first reaction would be: no way. But I said that before the last one, so you never really know. Bands are a fragile entity and you never know what's going to happen. It took a long time to do that last album, over a span of years, really, and it took a lot out of us. We took a year off at one point. I'm not sure if we're able to do that again. I wouldn't close the door on it, but I don't know." Walsh said in 2010 that there might be one more album before the band "wraps it up".
  • 2007
    When discussing their relationship, Nicks stated in a 2007 interview with the UK's The Daily Telegraph that Walsh had been "the great love of my life".
    More Details Hide Details Walsh admits to struggling with alcohol and drug addictions for most of his career; however, he has been in recovery since 1993. In 1989 while touring with New Zealand band Herbs, Walsh experienced an "epiphany" during a visit to an ancient Māori pā site in the Hawke's Bay region. In 2004 on a return visit to New Zealand, Walsh described the experience and referred to it as the beginning of his recovery from his addiction. Walsh related the story that in 1994 he woke up after blacking out on an airplane to Paris, France. When he arrived, he had his passport, but did not remember getting on the plane. That was his turning point, and he has been sober ever since. While living in New York City, Walsh began a lifelong interest in amateur radio. Walsh holds an Amateur Extra Class Amateur Radio License, and his station callsign is WB6ACU. In 2006 he donated an autographed guitar to the ARRL in Newington, Connecticut, for its charity auction. He has also been involved with the group's "Big Project," which brings amateur radio into schools. Walsh has included Morse Code messages in his albums on two occasions: once on the album Barnstorm ("Register and Vote"), and later on Songs for a Dying Planet ("Register and Vote for Me").
    The Eagles made their awards show debut on November 7, 2007, when they performed "How Long" live at the Country Music Association Awards.
    More Details Hide Details On January 28, 2008, the second single of Long Road Out of Eden was released. "Busy Being Fabulous" peaked at No. 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
    It debuted on television on Country Music Television during the Top 20 Countdown on August 23, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The band had performed the song as part of their live sets in the early to mid-1970s, but did not record it at the time because Souther wanted to reserve it for use on his first solo album. Souther had previously worked with the Eagles, co-writing some of their biggest hits, including "Best of My Love", "Victim of Love", "Heartache Tonight" and "New Kid in Town". On October 30, 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their first album of all-new material since 1979. For the first year after the album's release, it was available in the U.S. only via the band's website, at Walmart and at Sam's Club stores. It was commercially available through traditional retail outlets in other countries. The album debuted at number 1 in the U.S., the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Norway. It became their third studio album and seventh release overall to be certified at least seven times platinum by the RIAA. Henley told CNN that "This is probably the last Eagles album that we'll ever make."
  • 2006
    In 2006, Walsh reunited with Jim Fox and Dale Peters of the James Gang for new recordings and a 15-date summer reunion tour.
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  • 2004
    In October 2004, Walsh undertook speaking engagements in New Zealand to warn against the dangers of substance abuse.
    More Details Hide Details He said the visit was a "thank you" to people who took him to Otatara Pa when he toured New Zealand with reggae band Herbs while under heavy alcohol and cocaine addictions in 1989, an experience he has cited as the beginning of a long journey back to good health. At Otatara Pa in 2004 Walsh said, "This is a special place, and it is very special to me. It was here on a visit many years ago, up on the hills, that I had a moment of clarity. I don't understand it, but I reconnected with my soul, and I remembered who I used to be. I admitted I had problems and I had to do something about it. It was the beginning of my recovery from my addiction to alcohol and drugs, and when I got back to America it gave me the courage to seek help."
    He was also featured in September 2004 at the Strat Pack, a concert held in London, England, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar.
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    In June 2004, Walsh performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, ABC wanted to use a classic rock song rock for Monday Night Football that year, so they asked Walsh to rewrite the lyrics to "Rocky Mountain Way" for the quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos. "Rocky Mountain Elway" was the new title of the song and Walsh appeared in a video that ABC showed on the Monday Night Football.
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    In 1998 a reader's poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track "Hotel California" by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time.
    More Details Hide Details Guitar World magazine listed it at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos. Besides his work with his several bands, he has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include "Rocky Mountain Way", "Life's Been Good", "All Night Long", "A Life of Illusion" and "Ordinary Average Guy". As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain the best-selling American band in the history of popular music. Walsh's creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, who praised Walsh by saying "He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I've loved his style since the early James Gang." Eric Clapton said that "He's one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don't listen to many records, but I listen to his." The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend, a friend of Walsh's, commented that "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around."
  • 1996
    The band consisted of their "classic" line-up (Walsh, Peters, Fox), and they performed at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center on November 4, 1996.
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  • 1994
    "For the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14-year vacation," announced Frey at their first live performance in April 1994.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, Walsh teamed up with Glenn Frey for the "Party of Two" tour in the United States. In 1996, James Gang did a reunion for the Democratic president, Bill Clinton.
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    An Eagles country tribute album titled Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles was released in 1993, thirteen years after the break up.
    More Details Hide Details Travis Tritt insisted on having the Long Run-era Eagles in his video for "Take It Easy" and they agreed. Following years of public speculation, the band formally reunited the following year. The line-up comprised the five Long Run-era members—Frey, Henley, Walsh, Felder and Schmit—supplemented by Scott Crago (drums), John Corey (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), Timothy Drury (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals) and Al Garth (saxophone, violin) on stage.
  • 1992
    In 1992 Walsh ran for vice president with Rev. Goat Carson under the slogan "We Want Our Money Back!"
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  • 1990
    In late 1990, Walsh was part of a band called the Best, along with keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist John Entwistle, guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and drummer Simon Phillips.
    More Details Hide Details The band performed several shows in Hawaii and Japan, with a live video resulting.
    Although he had left by the time of its 1990 release, he still appears as lead singer on two tracks, "Up All Night" and "It's Alright".
    More Details Hide Details The album includes the first recording of his "Ordinary Average Guys" (sung by late Herbs bassist Charlie Tumahai), which subsequently became a solo hit for Walsh as "Ordinary Average Guy".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    While producing their Homegrown album in 1989, Walsh briefly joined New Zealand reggae band Herbs.
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    Also in 1989 Walsh filmed a live concert from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles with Etta James and Albert Collins, called Jazzvisions: Jump the Blues Away.
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    In 1989, Walsh recorded a MTV Unplugged with the R&B musician Dr. John.
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    Walsh would also tour with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in 1989 and 1992, alternating a handful of his best-known songs with Starr's and tunes by other of the members of the All-Starr Band.
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    After the album's commercial disappointment, Walsh decided to return to Australia in 1989 to tour with another incarnation of the Party Boys.
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  • 1987
    He remained in Australia for some time after the tour, putting together the short-lived touring band "Creatures From America", with Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Rick Rosas (bass guitar) and Australian drummer Richard Harvey (Divinyls, the Party Boys) In 1987, Walsh returned to the United States to work on his album Got Any Gum?, which was produced by Terry Manning and features vocal contributions from J. D. Souther and Survivor's lead singer Jimi Jamison.
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  • 1984
    Walsh accepted and performed with the Party Boys on their late 1984-early 1985 Australian tour and appeared on their live album, You Need Professional Help.
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    In late 1984 Walsh was contacted by Australian musician Paul Christie, the former bassist for Mondo Rock.
    More Details Hide Details Christie invited him to come to Australia to perform with the Party Boys, an all-star band with a floating membership of well-known Australian rock musicians. These included the critically acclaimed guitarist Kevin Borich, with whom Walsh became good friends.
  • 1983
    In May 1983, Walsh released You Bought It – You Name It; the album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album.
    More Details Hide Details It was also not as successful as Walsh's previous albums, peaking at No. 48 on the Billboard 200. However, Walsh found some moderate success with the single "Space Age Whiz Kids", about the pinnacle of the 1980s video arcade craze. The album contains hard rock songs such as "I Can Play That Rock & Roll" and a cover of the Dick Haymes track, "Love Letters". It also contains more introspective material such as "Class of '65", and contains a song titled "I.L.B.T.s", an acronym for "I Like Big Tits". His next album, The Confessor, would be something that Walsh's new girlfriend Stevie Nicks would get involved with. Nicks' old friend Keith Olsen was hired to produce the album and the musicians were prolific LA session musicians including: Jim Keltner, Mike Porcaro, Waddy Wachtel, Randy Newman, Alan Pasqua and many other musicians that Walsh had never worked with before.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Though Walsh was only 33 in 1980 and did not meet the 35-year-old requirement to actually assume the office, he said that he wanted to raise public awareness of the election.
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    Walsh ran for President of the United States in 1980, promising to make "Life's Been Good" the new national anthem if he won, and ran on a platform of "Free Gas For Everyone".
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    Walsh had often joked about running for office, announcing a mock presidential campaign in 1980 and a vice presidential campaign in 1992.
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    Following the break up of the Eagles in July 1980, Walsh continued to release solo albums throughout the 1980s, but sales did not meet the same level of his earlier successes.
    More Details Hide Details There Goes the Neighborhood was Walsh's first album since the demise of the Eagles, and it peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200. The album only spawned one single, "A Life of Illusion", which would become one of Walsh's most popular songs. The single also topped the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, in 1981. "A Life of Illusion" was recorded in 1973 with Walsh's first solo band Barnstorm but was not completed. The overdubs and final mixes were completed during the There Goes the Neighborhood sessions and released on the album. The promotional video for the track shows the making of the album's cover. This song also appeared in the opening credits of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and appears as the first song on its soundtrack.
    In 1980, the band broke up.
    More Details Hide Details Walsh has released twelve solo albums. In December 1974, Walsh released his first solo album that was not considered a Barnstorm project, So What, which contained more introspective material such as "Help Me Through the Night" and "Song For Emma", a tribute to Walsh's daughter who had been killed in a car accident the previous year. On a few tracks, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner of the Eagles contributed backing vocals.
  • 1979
    Another track, "Rivers (of the Hidden Funk)", was a track which Walsh had originally wrote for the Eagles' 1979 album The Long Run, but it was left off.
    More Details Hide Details The track featured a guest appearance by Walsh's Eagles-mate Don Felder (who co-wrote the track) on talk box guitar. "Rivers " received a good bit of FM radio airplay. The album's final track, "You Never Know", is a song about rumors and hearsay, including not-so-veiled swipes at other members of the Eagles and their management with lines like "The Frontline grapevine jury's in a nasty mood / you might be guilty, honey, you never know." (Frontline Management was Irving Azoff's management firm at the time). Felder appears on guitar on this track performing rhythm and dual lead guitar solos with Walsh.
    Walsh also contributed "In the City" to The Warriors soundtrack in 1979, a song penned and sung by Walsh that was later rerecorded for the Eagles' studio album, The Long Run.
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  • 1978
    As the Eagles struggled to record their follow-up to Hotel California, Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the critically well-received album, But Seriously, Folks in May 1978.
    More Details Hide Details It contained the single "Life's Been Good", his comedic depiction of rock stardom, which peaked at No. 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remains to date his biggest solo hit.
  • 1976
    Released on December 8, 1976, Hotel California was the band's fifth studio album and the first to feature Walsh.
    More Details Hide Details The album took a year and a half to complete, a process which, along with touring, drained the band. The second single from the album was the eponymous title track, which topped the charts in May 1977 and became one of the Eagles' signature songs next to "Take It Easy" and "Desperado". It features Henley on lead vocals, with a guitar duet performed by Felder and Walsh. The hard rock "Life in the Fast Lane" was based on a riff by Walsh. It reached No. 11 on the charts and helped establish Walsh's position in the band. Hotel California is the last album to feature founding member Randy Meisner, who abruptly left the band after the 1977 tour. He was replaced by the same musician who had succeeded him in Poco, Timothy B. Schmit. In 1977, the band, minus Don Felder, performed instrumental work and backing vocals for Randy Newman's album Little Criminals, including "Short People," which has backing vocals by Frey and Schmit.
    In March 1976, he released a live album, You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind, which also featured the Eagles.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, Walsh was invited to join the Eagles as founding member Bernie Leadon's replacement.
    More Details Hide Details There was some initial concern as to Walsh's ability to fit in with the band, as he was considered far too "wild" for the Eagles, especially by their drummer and co-lead vocalist, Don Henley.
  • 1974
    In late 1974, Walsh played slide guitar on the former Barnstorm band member Joe Vitale's debut solo album Roller Coaster Weekend.
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    In 1974 Barnstorm disbanded and Walsh continued as a solo artist.
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  • 1973
    The follow-up, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, released in June 1973, was marketed under Walsh's name (although officially a Barnstorm album) and was their commercial breakthrough.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 6 on the US Billboard chart. The first and leading single, "Rocky Mountain Way" received heavy airplay and reached No. 23 on the US Top 40 chart. It featured new member, keyboardist Rocke Grace, and Walsh shared the vocals and songwriting with the other three members of the band. As a result, a variety of styles are explored on this album. There are elements of blues, jazz, folk, pop, and even Caribbean music.
  • 1972
    The concert recordings were released on CD as part of the four-disc Selected Works: 1972–1999 box set in November 2000. Along with the millennium concert, this set included the band's hit singles, album tracks and outtakes from The Long Run sessions. Selected Works received platinum certification from the RIAA in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The band resumed touring in 2001, with a line-up consisting of Frey, Henley, Walsh and Schmit, along with Steuart Smith (guitars, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals; essentially taking over Felder's role), Michael Thompson (keyboards, trombone), Will Hollis (keyboards, backing vocals), Scott Crago (drums, percussion), Bill Armstrong (horns), Al Garth (saxophone, violin), Christian Mostert (saxophone) and Greg Smith (saxophone, percussion). In 2003, the Eagles released a greatest hits album, The Very Best Of. The two-disc compilation was the first that encompassed their entire career, from Eagles to Hell Freezes Over. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts and eventually gained triple platinum status. The album includes a new single, the September 11 attacks-themed "Hole in the World". Also in 2003, Warren Zevon, a longtime Eagles friend, began work on his final album, The Wind, with the assistance of Henley, Walsh and Schmit.
    Walsh and Barnstorm released their debut album, the eponymous Barnstorm in October 1972.
    More Details Hide Details After taking a cue from Townshend, Walsh utilized the ARP Odyssey synthesizer to great effect on such songs as "Mother Says" and "Here We Go". Walsh also experimented with acoustic guitar, slide guitar, fuzzboxes and keyboards as well as running his guitar straight into a Leslie 122 to get swirly, organ-like guitar tones. The album was a critical success, but had only moderate commercial success.
    After the James Gang broke up in 1972, Walsh formed a band, Barnstorm, with Joe Vitale, a college friend of Walsh's from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had settled as his home after leaving Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details While the band would stay together for three albums over three years, their works were marketed as Walsh solo projects. The last Barnstorm album, 1974's So What contained significant guest contributions from several members of the Eagles, a group that had recently hired Walsh's producer, Bill Szymczyk. At Szymczyk's suggestion, Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the group's keyboardist and guitarist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band.
  • 1971
    Walsh's eldest daughter, Emma Kristen, was born in 1971 and died in 1974 at only 3 years old as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on her way to nursery school.
    More Details Hide Details Her story inspired the track "Song For Emma" on Walsh's first "official" solo album So What released later that year. In her memory, he had a fountain and memorial plaque placed in a park in which she played: North Boulder Park in Boulder, Colorado, He has said that the album name ("So What") was a result of Emma's death—that nothing else seemed meaningful or important in the months that followed. The strain would eventually contribute to Walsh's divorce from his second wife Stefany. While touring with singer Stevie Nicks in 1984, Walsh took Nicks to the park's fountain; Nicks subsequently immortalized this story in her song "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You? " on her 1985 album Rock A Little.
    Joe Walsh has been married five times. He was married briefly to Margie Walsh in the 1960s, to Stefany Rhodes from 1971 to 1978, to Juanita Boyer from 1980 to 1988 and to Denise Driscoll from 1999 to 2006.
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    In December 1971 Walsh left the James Gang.
    More Details Hide Details He was invited to move to England and join Humble Pie by Steve Marriott, since Peter Frampton had left the band, but declined his offer. Instead he moved to Colorado and formed a band called Barnstorm, with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Vitale, and bassist Kenny Passarelli, although both of their albums credited Walsh as a solo artist. They started recording their debut album immediately after forming, but at the time there were only Walsh and Vitale on these sessions. Chuck Rainey did the first bass tracks on the album but these were soon replaced by Passarelli.
  • 1969
    In November 1969, bassist Tom Kriss decided he was no longer into the music and left to be replaced by Dale Peters, who was brought in from another group called E.T. Hoolie.
    More Details Hide Details The addition of Peters created the most successful incarnation of the James Gang. Walsh proved to be the band's star attraction, noted for his innovative rhythm playing and creative guitar riffs. In particular he was known for hot-wiring the pick-ups on his electric guitars to create his trademark "attack" sound. The James Gang had several minor hits and became an early album-oriented rock staple for the next two years. Later in 1969, the group's record producer, Bill Szymczyk, arranged for the band to appear in the "electric Western" film Zachariah, with two James Gang songs, "Laguna Salada" and "Country Fever," also being used. For the recording of these two songs, vocalist Kenny Weiss was brought in as a means of allowing Walsh to focus on his guitar playing. Weiss, however, was gone by the time the group arrived in Mexico to shoot their movie scenes. "Laguna Salada" and "Country Fever" later reappeared as bonus tracks on the 2000 re-release of The James Gang Greatest Hits.
    They released their debut album, Yer' Album, in 1969.
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  • 1968
    Jeric and Walsh worked together on guitar parts but Jeric ended up leaving as well in the spring of 1968.
    More Details Hide Details He was then replaced by a returning Ronnie Silverman, who had been discharged from the military. In May 1968, the group played a concert in Detroit at Motown's Grande Ballroom opening for Cream. At the last minute, Silverman informed the others that he would not be joining them at the show. The band, desperately in need of the money, took to the stage as a trio. They liked their sound as a threesome and decided to remain that way. In 1968 the band signed with manager Mark Barger, who was handling the career of fellow Ohio outfit The Lemon Pipers, who had just scored a big hit with "Green Tambourine." Barger put the Gang in touch with ABC Records staff producer Bill Szymczyk, who signed them to ABC's new Bluesway Records subsidiary in January 1969.
    Just days later, shortly after the new year of 1968 had dawned, a friend of Schwartz's, Joe Walsh (from a fellow band called the Measles), knocked on Jim Fox's door and asked to be given a tryout as Schwartz's replacement.
    More Details Hide Details Walsh was accepted and the band continued as a five piece for a short time until Phil Giallombardo, who was still in high school at the time, left.
  • 1967
    Around Christmas time of 1967, James Gang guitarist Glenn Schwartz, who turned out to be AWOL from the army and was breaking up with his wife, decided to leave the band to move to California, where he ended up forming the band Pacific Gas & Electric.
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  • 1965
    The Measles, an Ohio garage bar band, were formed in 1965 by four Kent State University students, one of whom was Joe Walsh.
    More Details Hide Details Two tracks on the Ohio Express' "Beg Borrow and Steal" album, "I Find I Think Of You" and "And It's True" (both featuring Joe Walsh vocals) were actually recorded by the Measles, led by Walsh. Additionally, an instrumental version of "And It's True" was recorded by the Measles, re-titled "Maybe" and released as the B-side of the "Beg Borrow and Steal" single.
  • 1947
    Joseph Fidler Walsh was born on November 20, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Robert Newton Fidler and grandson of Alden Anderson Fidler and Dora Jay Newton.
    More Details Hide Details Walsh's mother was a classically trained pianist of Scottish and German ancestry, and Walsh was adopted by his stepfather at the age of five after his biological father was killed in a plane crash. In the 1950s, it was common practice for Social Security, school registration, and health records for children to take the name of their stepfather, but Walsh's birth father's last name was Fidler, so he took that as his middle name. Walsh and his family lived in Columbus, Ohio, for a number of years during his youth. When Walsh was twelve years old, his family moved to New York City. Later, Walsh moved to Montclair, New Jersey, and he attended Montclair High School, where he played oboe in the school band. Inspired by the success of the Beatles, he replaced Bruce Hoffman as the bass player in the locally popular group the Nomads in Montclair, beginning his career as a rock musician. After high school, Walsh attended Kent State University, where he spent time in various bands playing around the Cleveland area, including the Measles. The Measles recorded for Super K Productions' Ohio Express: "I Find I Think of You", "And It's True", and "Maybe" (an instrumental version of "And It's True"). After one term, he dropped out of university to pursue his musical career.
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