There goes the neighborhood
Joe Walsh -- now there's a name you haven't heard bantered about in a while. The former James Gang and Eagles guitarist and solo artist is on the road this summer, including a date here in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the Mahaffey Theater on Aug. 26. (Click here to check for dates near you.)
Ticket prices seem steep ($65 and $100), but like a lot of the great ones, Walsh doesn't get out on the road as often as his fans would like. (This is why I begged everyone to save up instead of hitting The Police show.) How can you turn down a guy who draws raves from guitarists like Townshend, Page and Clapton? (That's a rhetorical question, boys.)
If you still doubt his place in rock history, check out this glowing profile in Rolling Stone.
Walsh joined The Eagles in 1976 and is probably best known during that time for "Life's Been Good" (which was on a solo album released in '78) and "In The City" (ah, the final song in 1979's "The Warriors.")
When the band took what seemed like a never-ending hiatus in 1980, Walsh continued as a solo artist and did some superb background guitar work (including some co-writing work for Steve Winwood's "Back in the High Life" album in '86).
He released four solo albums and one compilation disc in the '80s with a handful of hits. "There Goes The Neighborhood" in '81 featured the tune "A Life of Illusion," which hit the top of the mainstream rock charts.
Five great singles by Joe Walsh:
5. I Can Play That Rock & Roll: " Maybe New Wave's in, I just don't know."
4. All Night Long: "We like a long neck and a good old song. Turn it up and then we sing along."
3. A Life of Illusion: "Nature loves her little surprises."
2. In The City: "When you're down, that's where you'll stay."
1. Life's Been Good: "My Maserati does 185. I lost my license, now I don't drive."