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. According to Eagles.com ``The album topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks, won two Grammy's, sold more than 32 million copies, and had two Billboard #1 hit singles!`` The album continues to be one of the best selling albums of all time! On November 24, 2017 the Eagles are releasing the Hotel California 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.
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's newest foundation is VetsAid.org. In September he held a benefit concert to raise money for veterans groups across the country. You can learn more, donate, or buy merch at VetsAid.org.
Walsh and the Eagles last performed in Wichita October 7, 2013. Walsh has spent much of 2017 touring and playing regular gigs at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. From April - September, Walsh embarked on a cross-country tour with friend Tom Petty. Walsh opened for Petty's last tour, the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour. Walsh is set to continue touring throughout 2018. You can follow @joewalshofficial on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news and tour dates.