Joe Walsh
* November 20, 1947
United States
Solo Artist
Joe Walsh is at the pinnacle of his career as the world embarks on its journey into the new millennium. For more than three decades Joe has entertained the masses with the infamous guitar licks on such classics as “Funk #49,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “Ordinary Average Guy.” His songs are the veritable soundtrack of our lives. Most recently, Joe has been touring with the Eagles to sell-out crowds, both in Europe and the U.S. Besides continuing his lifelong commitment to music, Joe has also flexed his acting chops on the Drew Carey Show, MadTV, as well as his intellectual chops on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. He’s even been “animated for television” on Duck Man and The Simpsons, and all of this while making DJ appearances, and generously giving his time to support the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and the California Innocence Project. (Ah! The Renaissance man has not left the building!)

Best known for his adventurous guitar licks, the boy who grew up in a musical household, and spent his college days known as the “phantom of Kent State” (“Don’t you hear that guitar in the stairwell?”), Joe Walsh continues to push the limits of Rock ‘N Roll, while somehow still adhering to the old adage K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) Walsh had played with many bands, but it wasn’t until 1969, when he joined the Cleveland based power trio The James Gang, that he got a taste of sweet success. Two of the four albums that the Gang released from 1970 to 1971 went gold.

Despite this success, Joe decided he needed to go his own way. With no particular plans, Walsh packed his bags and headed west to Colorado. There he put together a trio –- Barnstorm—and later that year they released a self-titled album. Still feeling musically stifled, Joe decided to release his first solo album in 1973. This album proved Joe a legitimate solo act, with a limitless career on the horizon.

For the next four years, Joe’s commitment to his music was unstoppable. In 1976, he was asked by the Eagles to replace guitarist Bernie Leadon, bringing a harder rock sound to the group. Over the next four years, this configuration of the Eagles released “Hotel California,” (which went gold, reaching #1 on the Billboard Charts), as well as “The Long Run” and “Eagles Live” (reaching Billboard’s #1 and #6 respectively).

During this same period, Joe’s boundless energy and musical enthusiasm led to the release of two solo albums: “You Can’t Argue With a Sick Mind” (a live album), and “But Seriously Folks”, which boasted the notorious hit “Life’s Been Good”. During the 14-year vacation of the Eagles, Joe focused on his solo career. Starting in 1981 with “There Goes The Neighborhood”, followed by “You Bought It, You Name It” (1983), “The Confessor” (1985), “Got Any Gum?” (1987), “Ordinary Average Guy” (1991), and “Songs For a Dying Planet” (1992). Joe also released two greatest hits albums, “Look What I Did” (1995) a 2 CD set, and “Little Did He Know…” (1997).

In 1994, the Eagles reunited for the release of a new album titled “Hell Freezes Over”, which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts and sparked one of the most successful tours in music history. Nothing better than proving the critics and naysayers wrong – the Eagles were still at the top of their game! And, just to rub it in, they were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the very first year that they were nominated.

As the century dawned, the Eagles began working on a long-awaited studio album. During the spring of 2001, they took a break to do a minitour in Europe, which proved so successful that they decided to do the same in the U.S. in 2002. The U.S. tour grossed over thirty-five million dollars. The Eagles Farewell I tour began last May and continued through October. This last spring the band also hit the road to play for fans.

As for Joe Walsh, you just can’t keep a good “phantom renaissance man” down! He is in the studio with the Eagles creating a new album, keeping track of his acting opportunities, supporting his favorite world causes, preparing for an Eagles tour, and, in general, just being an “ordinary average guy”.
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