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Joe Walsh

About

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In a career spanning seven decades, he has been a member of three successful rock bands: the James Gang, the Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. He was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best.

Walsh has also experienced success both as a solo artist and as a prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists' recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".In the mid-1960s, after attending Kent State University, Walsh played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song "Funk #49" highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and singer. Roger Abramson, a concert producer and artist manager, signed the James Gang to a management agreement with BPI in Cleveland. After leaving the James Gang in 1972, he formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had moved after leaving Ohio. While the band stayed together for three albums over three years, its 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 band's guitarist and keyboardist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. 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. Guitar World magazine listed it at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.Besides his work with his several bands, he has released 12 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 one of the best-selling American bands in the history of popular music. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, who said, "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, said "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around."

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August 2, 2022

Dave Grohl to play solo set at Joe Walsh’s veteran benefit concert

The Foo Fighters frontman appears on the bill alongside Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys and more The post Dave Grohl to play solo set at Joe Walsh’s veteran benefit concert appeared first on NME.

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August 1, 2022

Joe Walsh’s James Gang to Reunite — With Guest Dave Grohl — at VetsAid 2022 Concert

All-star, Ohio-themed benefit also features sets from Buckeye State's Nine Inch Nails, the Breeders, and the Black Keys

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July 22, 2022

St. Vincent to Play Weeklong Musical Residency on Colbert

James Taylor and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh will also perform with Jon Batiste’s house band Stay Human for a week at a time

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June 20, 2022

Bob Dylan, Carole King, and Elton John Celebrate and Serenade Brian Wilson on His 80th Birthday

Questlove, Smokey Robinson, Fleet Foxes, and more contributed special video messages, while Joe Walsh fêted the Beach Boy with an original birthday tune

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December 16, 2021

Joe Walsh Gears Up for VetsAid ‘Basement Show’ With Ringo Starr

They'll be joined by keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Russ Kunkel

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December 15, 2021

Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, Ringo Starr, Jon Hamm & More Cameo in First-Ever Video For George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’

The all-star clip with more than 40 musicians, actors and comedians also features Joe Walsh, Darren Criss, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Reggie Watts and more.

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December 15, 2021

Ringo Starr Chucks Popcorn at Fred Armisen in Video for George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’

Lance Bangs' new clip for the classic track also features Vanessa Bayer, Joe Walsh, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jon Hamm, Mark Hamil, and many more

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November 22, 2021

Ringo Starr’s New MasterClass Includes All-Star Jam Sesh With Joe Walsh, Steve Lukather

The music legend joins MasterClass to share stories from his career and teach a course on 'Drumming and Creative Collaboration'

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August 12, 2021

Ringo Starr Announces New ‘Change the World’ EP

Four-song set includes collaborations with Toto members, Joe Walsh, Trombone Shorty and Linda Perry

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April 18, 2021

Mike Mitchell, Guitarist on the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie,’ Dead at 77

"I learned to play the guitar because of Mike Mitchell. I know every one of his solos, mistakes and all," Joe Walsh says of founding member of garage rock icons

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Discs

Prayers

June 4, 2021

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Still The Good Old Days

June 14, 2019

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Analog Man

January 1, 2012

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Songs for a Dying Planet

January 1, 1992

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Ordinary Average Guy

April 23, 1991

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Got Any Gum?

January 1, 1987

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Rocky Mountain Way

September 30, 1985

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The Confessor

January 1, 1985

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You Bought It - You Name It

January 1, 1983

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There Goes the Neighborhood

January 1, 1981

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But Seriously, Folks...

June 1, 1978

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You Can't Argue With A Sick Mind

February 3, 1976

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So What (Reissue)

December 14, 1974

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The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

June 18, 1973

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Barnstorm

January 1, 1972

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