Joseph Fidler Walsh is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has been a member of three successful rock bands: James Gang, Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of fame in 2001. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of \”100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time\”.
About Joe Walsh in brief
Joseph Fidler Walsh is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of three successful rock bands: James Gang, Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and as a prolific session musician. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of \”100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time\”. Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of fame in 2001. His solo hits include \”Rocky Mountain Way\”, \”Life’s Been Good\”, and “A Life of Illusion” His guitar solos on the track “Hotel California” by Walsh and Don Felder are considered to be the best guitarsolos of all time by Guitar World magazine. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Columbus, Ohio, when he was 12 years old. Walsh was adopted by his stepfather at the age of five after his biological father was killed in a plane crash. His birth father’s last name was FIDler, so Walsh took that as his middle name. He is married to his longtime girlfriend, singer/songwriter/guitarist/violinist/producer/singer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/soundsmith/soul artist/salesman/sleeve designer/saxophonist/musician/satellite producer/solicitor/socalist-songwriter-producer-sleeve-singer-soul/songwriter/sunday/sangeet/sang/sinex/souza/singe/sauce/sneak/sue/scep/sje/sge/ske/s/s, and he has three children.
He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children, and they have a son and a daughter, both of whom are singers and have appeared on several of his solo albums. Walsh has a son with former James Gang bandmate Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had moved after leaving Ohio. In the 1990s, he was part of the short-lived supergroup The Best. He played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as the member of the James Gang. He joined the Eagles in 1975 as the band’s guitarist and keyboardist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who said, ‘I’ve loved his style since the early James Gang’ He has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. He also played in the New Zealand band Herbs.