Joe Walsh has been a presence in the rock world since first arriving on the scene. From the James Gang to Barnstorm to Ringo's All Star Band to The Eagles he has played in some memorable groups in addition to his solo projects. Walsh's 63rd birthday is today, November 20th, and I wanted to spend a little time with him. The first time I spent the day with him was at a Day on the Green concert in Oakland, California May 30, 1977. The last time was when he was part of Ringo Starr's All Star Band in 1989. I'm long overdue for a visit. Care to join me?
The James Gang- Funk #49
An iconic guitar intro.
-From the James Gang album Thirds
. Joe joined the James Gang in 1968 and stayed with the band until 1971 when he left to begin his solo career. The band never achieved the same level of success once Walsh left the group.
Barnstorm- Turn to Stone
was the biggest hit off Walsh's Barnstorm album and he later added it to his solo album So What.
Drummer Joe Vitale is a favorite in my household and his flute solo here is a special treat.
Rocky Mountain Way
-Released in 1973 on The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
this song has become a rock anthem.
In the City-
Originally written as a song for the movie The Warriors in 1979,
The Eagles recorded it for their album The Long Run.
Help Me Through the Night-
A nice live version with The Eagles. I think it's one of Joe's prettiest songs.
Life's Been Good - Written in 1978 for the film FM, Joe regularly performs this song on tour and liberally changes lyrics along the way. Rolling Stone called the lyrics to the song one of the most important statements made on rock stardom in the 70's.
Life of Illusion - A hit for Joe in 1981 it reached a new audience when used in the film soundtrack of The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Ordinary Average Guy - Released in 1991 as the title track from the album it charted as a single reaching #3 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Song for Emma- Tragically, Joe's daughter, Emma, was killed at the age of 3 when she was in a fatal automobile accident. Stevie Nicks also wrote a song for Emma called Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You? Joe has said in interviews that after losing his daughter he did not care whether he lived or died and the abum called So What reflects that feeling.
One Day at a Time - Joe talks about his drinking problem, " I was only drunk once...for 20 years."
I think Joe Walsh is overlooked a bit as a phenomenal musician and songwriter. He can get buried in the storm that is The Eagles. But I'd take Joe solo any day over Joe with The Eagles. Happy 63rd birthday, Joe, and thanks for the great musical memories.