Grammy winner and legendary guitarist Joe Walsh who is also on many top lists for best all-time guitarists- stopped by San Antonio on his current 2017 Solo Tour. Walsh was also inducted into the RockandRoll Hall of Fame with his Eagles bandmates in 1998 (read more at Hall of Fame)
We’ve had the privilege of recently shooting other Eagles members Don Felder, and Don Henley (sadly Glenn Frey died last year in a horrible year for music losses). The Eagles recently announced they will be performing together again on a limited (so far) tour with Glen’s son Deacon Frey. Although they started as a country band, their fame came from 1970s rock n roll. Their first was Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) released in 1976 and is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies. It was the first album to be certified platinum. Top hits include “Life in The Fast Lane”, ‘Life’s Been Good’ ‘Tequila Sunrise’, ‘Hotel California’ and more (many of which Walsh wrote or co-wrote). Joe helped the Eagles develop a more rock, less country sound.
Joe’s guitarsmanship and music style have evolved much over the years with a key era in the Rocky Mountains where he moved to create his own new music and recorded at the now famous Caribou Ranch and where you can picture the landscape as he sings “Rocky Mountain Way”. Joe has been so consistent as a musician, writing and recording new music after the breakup of each of his bands. Music has apparently been in his home and in his blood- his middle name is Fidler, and his wife’s last name is Bach!
There appears to be a current resurgence and demand for great rock n’ roll music. Walsh is in high demand these days in a variety of roles. Kicking addiction since 1994, his stock just keeps going up. He’s been quoted as saying “My message is there is life after addiction, and it’s really good,” he said. At almost 70, he doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. He’s played with so many great bands and loved by so many great musicians including Jimmy Page and is now an honorary member of the Foo Fighters. Earlier this year he played with another amazing guitarist, Gary Clark Jr. in Clark’s hometown, Austin.
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After touring in 2016, co-headlining with Bad Company, he decided to embark on his solo tour. His tour has been very successful with standing ovations and sing alongs to some of the best music ever. In today’s crazy world, we long for younger days and amazing music and this show gave us that escape. The Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio is one of those special places to see an icon like Walsh- it’s smaller than many venues on his tour -it seats less than 2,300 and Seattle’s Safeco Field is where the Seattle Seahawks play and seats almost 48,000- but is such a cooler show and vibe filled with important historic and cultural diversity. Only die-hard fans allowed.
Walsh has over forty years of touring to draw from. He performed many long solos during the show still jams like the good old days and despite his occasional brain fart on some lyrics (which he admitted)–he sounds great. Seeing him live was so epic and emotional, we couldn’t help look at each other and say “Oh my God” or “Holy crap!”. At other times fans were completely speechless in awe of what they were witnessing. There are still times when he appears to be so deep in playing that he almost forgets he’s on stage.
The set list pleased everyone who wanted to hear the Eagles Greatest Hits, some original songs, and major guitars skills and long solos. You know the show is epic when the merchandise table sells out of all the shirts and no-one leaves before the encore to beat the traffic. If your curious to see all the songs in the show, see the full setlist.
Walsh still has some show dates on the tour, his House of Blues shows in Vegas, and the new Eagles shows starting in October in Greensboro, then Atlanta, Louisville, Detroit. Go to Events . If you still can’t get enough of Walsh these days, you can hear him on The Beatles Channel on Sirius XM telling stories of the band and his favorite songs.