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Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born Joseph Fidler; November 20, 1947) 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. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician. He holds the number 54 spot in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."Early lifeJoseph Fidler Walsh was adopted by his step-father (his biological father was killed in a plane crash), whose last name was Walsh, at the age of five. In the 1950s it was common practice for Social Security, school registration, and health records for children to take the name of their stepfather. Walsh's birth father's last name was Fidler and he took that as his middle name. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Walsh and his family lived in Columbus, Ohio, for a number of years. His mother was a classically trained pianist of Scottish and German ancestry. When Walsh was twelve years old his family moved to New York City. Later, Walsh moved to Montclair, New Jersey and attended Montclair High School there. While at Montclair High School, he replaced Bruce Hoffman as the bass player in the locally popular group the Nomads. While attending Kent State University, he spent time in various bands playing around the Cleveland area, including the Measles. Walsh began a lifelong hobby of amateur ("ham") radio while living in New York City.1960s and 1970sIn January 1968 he replaced Glenn Schwartz as the lead guitarist for the James Gang, a five piece American band that rapidly became a power trio after the lead vocalist and keyboardist quit. 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 pickups 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, including James Gang Live at Carnegie Hall. In November 1971, Walsh left and formed the group Barnstorm, although their albums credited Walsh as a solo artist. Walsh and Barnstorm released their debut, the eponymous Barnstorm in October 1972. The album was a critical success, but had only moderate sales. The follow-up The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (1973) was marketed under Walsh's name (although officially a Barnstorm album) and was a commercial breakthrough. The first single "Rocky Mountain Way" received heavy airplay and reached #23 on the US Top 40 chart. In 1974 Barnstorm disbanded and Walsh continued as a solo artist.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 #17 on the 1975 Billboard album chart.In late 1974, Walsh played slide guitar on Barnstorm bandmate Joe Vitale's debut solo album Roller Coaster Weekend. In December 1974, Walsh released an official solo album, So What and in March 1976, a live set, You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind. These would be his last solo albums until 1978. On December 20, 1975 he joined the Eagles as Bernie Leadon's replacement. His addition steered the band toward a harder-edged sound and away from their early country-style work, and he was featured prominently on their multi-million-selling album Hotel California, co-writing the Top 20 hit "Life in the Fast Lane" (with Don Henley and Glenn Frey).As the Eagles struggled to record the follow-up to Hotel California, Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the well-received album But Seriously, Folks... (1978) which featured his hit comic depiction of rock stardom, "Life's Been Good". Walsh also contributed "In the City" to The Warriors soundtrack (1979), a song penned and sung by Walsh that was later rerecorded for the Eagles The Long Run album.1980s-presentFollowing the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Walsh continued to release solo albums throughout the 1980s, but sales were mostly poor. So he maintained a low profile until the mid-1990s. In 1981 Walsh and former Barnstorm bandmate, Joe Vitale went to work on John Entwistle's fifth solo album Too Late the Hero, which turned out to become John Entwistle's best-charting solo album of his whole career, with hit singles "Talk Dirty" and "Too Late the Hero". Then in late 1984 Walsh was contacted by Australian musician Paul Christie, the former bassist in Mondo Rock, who invited him to come to Australia to perform with the Party Boys, an all-star group with a floating membership of well-known Australian rock musicians, which included acclaimed guitarist Kevin Borich, with whom Walsh became good friends. 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. He remained in Australia for some time after the tour, putting together the short-lived touring group Creatures From America, with Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Rick Rosas (bass) and Australian drummer Richard Harvey (Divinyls, the Party Boys). Walsh returned to Australia in 1989 to tour with another incarnation of the Party Boys. Walsh toured with Ringo Starr in 1989, alternating a handful of his best-known songs with Ringo's tunes, as did all the members of the "All Starr" band. In 1989, Walsh recorded a MTV Unplugged with the R&B musician Dr. John. Also in 1989 Walsh filmed a live concert from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles with Etta James and Albert Collins. 'Jazzvisions: Jump The Blues Away'.While producing their Homegrown album in 1989, Walsh briefly joined New Zealand reggae band Herbs. Although he had left by the time of its 1990 release, he still appears as lead vocalist on two tracks, "Up All Night" and "It's Alright", and 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".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. The band performed several shows in Hawaii and Japan, with a live video resulting.In 1994, Walsh reunited with the Eagles for a highly successful reunion tour and live album, Hell Freezes Over. Walsh has toured regularly with the Eagles since then and the group released their first new studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden, in 2007. He sang the US National Anthem at the beginning of game five of the 1995 World Series.In June 2004, Walsh performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. 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.In 2006, Walsh reunited with Jim Fox and Dale Peters of the James Gang for a 15-date summer reunion tour. The tour lasted into the fall.Walsh's song "One Day At A Time" deals with his struggles with alcoholism. He has been in recovery since 1995.In 2008, Walsh appeared on the Carvin 60th Anniversary Celebration DVD as a celebrity endorser. 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."Walsh has been a contributor to such causes as halfway houses for displaced adult women in Wichita, Kansas.Walsh ran for President of the United States in 1980 on top of his music career as a mock campaign. He promised to make "Life's Been Good" the new national anthem if he won, and ran on a platform of "Free Gas For Everyone." Though Walsh was not old enough to actually assume the office, he wanted to raise public awareness of the election. In 1992 Walsh ran for vice president with Rev. Goat Carson under the slogan "We Want Our Money Back!".In May 2012, Walsh was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.Walsh's Analog Man, was released on June 5, 2012. The album was co-produced by Jeff Lynne, with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the album's tracks.GuitarsFender Telecaster Butterscotch, Sunburst, Blonde, Natural White, other finishesFender Stratocaster Black, White, Sunburst, Turquoise Green, Candy apple RedDuesenberg Double Cat 6 SunburstRickenbacker 330 Jetglo used on the song "The Long Run" & "Rocky Mountain Way"1959 Gibson Les Paul that was given/sold to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in April 1969Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony & SunburstGibson Les Paul Supreme Sunburst used on the song "Get Over It" to his playing slide guitarGibson ES-335 SunburstZemaitis Custom De Luxe Guitar used in concert on Farewell Concert TourMusic Man Guitars various finishes used in The Long Road Out of Eden TourGretsch Country Club Models Candy Apple Red & WhiteVarious Model Carvin & Fernandes GuitarsTakamine & Guild Acoustic GuitarsIbanez : Joe Satriani model with humbucking pickups,silver, red etc.Carvin DC4, CT6, CT4, CS4, Other various models.AmplifiersFenderDr. ZCarvinVOX3RD POWER AmplificationMarshall 50 watt PlexiOther instrumentsFender Rhodes PianoHammond OrganRoland JD-990Korg KarmaKorg TrinityMoog SynthesizersClavia Nord ModularClavia Nord ElectroHarmoniumMellotronYamaha PianoBaldwin Grand PianoFender Precision BassGibson F-4 MandolinGibson F-5 MandolinClarinetOboeBagpipesTalk boxTimpani


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Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way

Rocky Mountain Way