20 Nov Top 10 Things to Know About Wichitan and Rock Icon Joe Walsh
Joseph Fidler Walsh was born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas.
Walsh and his family moved from Wichita to Ohio when he was young. He attended Kent State for a semester before leaving to pursue music full-time. Kent State University awarded Walsh an honorary degree in music in December 2001.
Walsh is best known as a member of the Eagles. He joined the band in 1975 as their keyboardist and guitarist.
“Hotel California” was Walsh’s first album with the Eagles.
In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine named him #54 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
In 1998 readers of Guitarist Magazine selected the guitar solo on “Hotel California” by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solo of all time. Guitar World Magazine listed it as #8 on their list of Top 100 Guitar Solos.
As a member of the Eagles Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
In addition to his work with several bands he has released 12 solo albums, six compilation albums, and two live albums.
Walsh struggled with addiction through much of his career; he has been in recovery since 1993. In October of 2015 he helped launch facingaddiction.org and serves as the chair of the entertainment advisory board.
Walsh and the Eagles last performed in Wichita October 7, 2013. Walsh will spend much of January 2017 playing at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.