Eagles member Joe Walsh is feeling the effects of the current times. How you may ask? Well, it seems like he measures time in concert tours.
Walsh explains how being on the road is “is a part of us. That’s a monster that needs to be fed.” The Eagles were in the middle of their Hotel California tour. The pandemic shut down the tour and it’s now postponed to this fall. Walsh is crossing his fingers they won’t have to reschedule again.
“We get disoriented – I haven’t played in a year. The COVID experience is a study in human nature. I got time, and I had no choice but to get to know Joe Walsh: not the rock star, but the dumb guy from Ohio,” the famous guitarist tells USA Today.
He’s also sharing how he’s been spending his time during the pandemic. The Eagles member says he’s been attending virtual Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Walsh is going on being more than 27 years sober. What’s more, he explains that he’s been doing puzzles and playing rummy tiles with his family and Ringo Starr to pass the time. Walsh is affectionally known as “Uncle Ringo” in his “pod.”
Additionally, Walsh has been hosting a rock radio show, “Joe Walsh’s Old Fashioned Rock n’ Roll Radio Show.” It’s on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific. The Eagles guitarist has even been writing new solo music.
Although, “I gotta be careful there,” he says laughing. “My first song was, ‘We’re all gonna die!’ And I thought, wait a minute. Maybe I should wait a couple days and try again.”
New Music Could Be in the Works for Eagles
Walsh even teases new music to the publication. Maybe the pandemic will even work it’s way into new songs for the Eagles.
“I think the Eagles, when we get back together and get to work, we’re going to talk about the experience that we had and maybe come up with some music,” Walsh says. Right now, “it’s kind of hard to get a handle on it. But when things get better, I think a lot of people are going to be writing about the experience.”
Joe Walsh Hosts Annual Benefit Concert Virtually
Just like most of the world, Joe Walsh also had to pivot his annual benefit concert from a live event to a virtual one.
“If you ever wanna do a big event on the Internet, call us,” jokes the legendary Eagles guitarist, who was given a crash course in digital concert promotion when his annual VetsAid fundraiser moved online last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The online “ticket” event took place in December. It featured performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Vince Gill, and Metallica’s James Hetfield. Some of Walsh’s Ringo Starr bandmates joined in, too.
“With these functions, you just ask people humbly and hope a couple sign up, but they all said yes. That’s a good thing, but we hadn’t planned for that,” Walsh says.
Walsh is distributing proceeds from the fourth annual VetsAid in grants totaling $250,000. This year the musician decided to focus on supporting minority groups and causes nationwide including, LGBTQ+ discharged veterans, Black vet assistance, deported vets, a Native American reservation veterans center, and a women veterans program.