Joe Walsh Bio, Age, Net Worth, Wife, Songs, Album, Guitar, Funk 49

Joe Walsh Biography

Joe Walsh (Joseph Fidler Walsh) is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, the Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in a career spanning over 40 years. He was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. He was also a member of the short-lived supergroup the Best that existed in the 1990s.

He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists’ recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011. Before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song “Funk #49”, he played with several local Ohio-based bands. The song Funk #49 highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and singer.

Roger Abramson, legendary concert producer and artist manager signed the James Gang to a management agreement with BPI in Cleveland. After the James Gang broke up in 1972, he formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado. The band stayed together for over three years but its works were marketed as Walsh solo projects. The last Barnstorm album, 1974’s So What contained significant guest contributions from several members of the Eagles, a group that had recently hired Walsh’s producer, Bill Szymczyk.

Joe Walsh joined the Eagles on Szymczyk’s suggestion in 1975 as the band’s guitarist and keyboardist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon. In 1998 a reader’s poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track “Hotel California” by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time. He has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include “Rocky Mountain Way”, “Life’s Been Good”, “All Night Long”, “A Life of Illusion” and “Ordinary Average Guy”.

Joe Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001 as a member of the Eagles. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain one of the best-selling American bands in the history of popular music.

Joe Walsh Age

Joe Walsh was born in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A on 20th November 1947. He is 71 years old as of 2018.

Joe Walsh Net Worth

Joe Walsh has an approximated net worth of $75 million.

Joe Walsh Wife

For a man who has been married five times and struggled with alcohol addiction, life is definitely not easy on his side. Fame and money come with its equal share of challenges but as they say, the strong always find a way out. Joe Walsh is currently married to Marjorie Bach. The two got married on 13th December 2008. The wedding ceremony took place in Los Angeles. He has however had some other four past relationships. He was married briefly to Margie Walsh in the 1960s. He also married Stefany Rhodes from 1971 to 1978.

Joe Walsh got married to Juanita Boyer from 1980 to 1988 and to Denise Driscoll from 1999 to 2006. His daughter Lucy Walsh is also a musician who has worked with Ashlee Simpson and others. She released her debut solo album, Lost in the Lights, in spring 2007. His eldest daughter, Emma Kristen, was born in 1971 and died in 1974 at 3 years of age after she was involved in an accident on her way to nursery school. Her story inspired the track “Song For Emma” on Walsh’s solo album So What released later that year.

Joe Walsh Songs

  • Rocky Mountain Way
  • Life’s Been Good
  • A Life of Illusion
  • Turn to Stone
  • All Night Long
  • In the City
  • The Confessor
  • Ordinary Average Guy
  • I.L.B.T.’s”

Joe Walsh Albums

1973The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
1974So What
1976You Can’t Argue with a Sick Mind
1978But Seriously, Folks…
1981There Goes the Neighborhood
1983You Bought It – You Name It
1985The Confessor
1987Got Any Gum?
1991Ordinary Average Guy
1992Songs for a Dying Planet
2012Analog Man
2013All Night Long: Live in Dallas

Joe Walsh Guitar

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Joe Walsh Interview

Q: What’s the best part of success? What’s the worst?

Joe Walsh: The best part of success is that it got me past the basic survival level of existence so that I was comfortable. I didn’t have to worry about stuff pertaining to survival. Once that was taken care of, I got the chance sit down and create and work at what I do. If you have a full-time job, you won’t have that free time to let that process unfold. In my early twenties, I got the basics covered. In retrospect, one of the great things about success is that I never really had to work in a factory full-time. So that’s a blessing.

The worst part of success is that a lot of things come along with it that you didn’t really know you were gonna get in the package. There are distractions: Money, drugs, women, partying. You get a royalty check, and you go get a new car, and then you party, and then you get high – and then you forget what got you there in the first place. It’s all ego stuff. When you’re young it’s really easy to lose your perspective, which I did, really losing sight of who I was. I started believing I was who everybody thought I was, which was a crazy rock star. You know “Life’s Been Good,” that story. It took me away from working at my craft. Me and a lot of the guys I ran with, we were just party monsters, and it was a real challenge to stay alive and end up on the other end of it.

Q: So many of your friends from that era – like Keith Moon and John Belushi – didn’t make it. What do you think caused you to survive it?

Joe Walsh: Don’t know. (Laughs). I wonder every day. People often ask me if I believe in God and I kinda have to, because I’m still here. I had not planned on living this long, and here I am.

Q: Tell me the most important rules that you live by.

Joe Walsh: Family comes first. Also, I’m just grateful to be alive. Just to wake up every day and be alive is pretty amazing. And I’ll take just that. I have my health, I have a lovely family, which has my back and takes care of me, and I take care of them. I spent years and years as a loner. It was me against the world, but I have this lovely family now. Just being a part of this family is an important rule for me. And that keeps me out of the pity pot, feeling like “poor me,” and it keeps me out of myself.

The other thing that I’ve learned is not to let my emotions own me, because emotions are really powerful. Don’t write e-mails when you’re pissed off. You can write them, but don’t send them. Because the next day you’re gonna go, “Oh man, I did it again, what an asshole I am.” And you can’t let your emotions own you, because if you let your anger own you, you’ll just become anger. You radiate it. It’s a really bad habit, just to get so emotionally crazy.

Q: How recently in your life did you realize that?

Joe Walsh: That became a part of getting sober, which was 23 years ago. Before that I would fly into rages or I would just feel extremely sad. In settling down and just living life, I can experience emotions but I don’t become them. I try and stay in the middle and go “Well, okay, you’re mad now. That’s okay, but don’t act on it. Don’t act on it because you’re just gonna have to say you’re sorry later.”

Q: What’s the best advice you ever gotten?

Joe Walsh: I talked to a Buddhist monk at length, and his advice was to be aware of my breathing; every breath I take I should be aware of. Breathe in, and as I’m doing that, get ready to breathe out. And as I’m doing that, get ready to breathe in. And he said, “If you do that, you will stay here right now. You will stay in the moment. And this will save you a lot of wasted time going back into the past and digging something up or going into the future and writing a script about the day after tomorrow. You’re not here when you do that. You’re like a car with the motor running in park. If you’re here now, everything is okay.” And I do that. When I’m in the past digging around in some pile of garbage, I immediately hold my breath and it pulls me right back to being in the moment. Man, being in the moment is where it’s at.

Q: Who is your hero?

Joe Walsh: Les Paul. He was one of the the coolest people on the planet. Basically, Les Paul invented the guitar pick-up, the Les Paul guitar and modern recording as we know it. I got a chance to hang out with him, and he was like this mad scientist that played guitar. He was in a car accident and they said, “You’ll never play guitar again” because he broke his arm in about four different places. He sat down, started playing and said, “Alright, set my arm like this. Put the cast on now.” And he played great.

Q: What do you do to relax?

Joe Walsh: It’s boring, but I meditate. It kinda came out of the breathing. It’s like a system reset, like a little nap. We have these thoughts that go on all day, and they overlap. You’re thinking one thing and that leads to another thing and another one and that reminds me … It’s just a constant stream of thinking. And in meditation you get to put a little space in-between thoughts. Just a little bit, because you slow way down. You still think, which is maddening, but if you could open that space up, we could open up those spaces in between thoughts. And I’m totally convinced that that’s where God is, in those places. When I come back from that, it’s like I’m starting my day over.

Q: What music still moves you the most?

Joe Walsh: I’ve been on the 1950s channel on Sirius, and I’ve been going back to 1953 to about 1960. All that stuff that I grew up on, all that old doo-wop, rock and roll, and all that early, early guitar work, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins and Bill Haley. That was all my influences. I’m trying to figure out how they recorded it. Because they didn’t have any technology, none. They all got in a room, and somebody pushed record. They all played together and if the drums were too close to the mic, it was too loud, they moved the mic away. That was their technology. I love to get inside those records like I’m in the room watching.

What advice do you wish you received about the music industry before you began your career?
I wish somebody would’ve told me, “Look, this is a business.” Because I was naive and I just thought it was an art form, but it’s a business and there are people who are making money off you. And the way you define honesty in the music industry is: the guy that’s stealing the least from you is honest. Also, don’t sign anything. I’m still sucking eggs from stuff I signed when I was 23. And they just said, “Oh here, sign this.”

Q: Other people own your early publishing?

Joe Walsh: Yeah, and they’ve still got the masters. They own them. There’a lot of stuff going on legally. You’re supposed to be able to get them back, but it takes forever. Anyway, I wish I would’ve had an overview of all of that. Somebody should’ve sat me down and said, “Look, it’s okay to be an idiot, but be a smart idiot.”

Q: What’s the most indulgent purchase you ever made?

Joe Walsh: When I got a nice royalty check from the Eagles, I had always had this fantasy, basically, of “Oh man, I’m gonna get some land and I’m gonna get out in the country. I’m gonna live off the grid. I’m gonna hunt like Ted Nugent and chop my own wood.” So I found this farm in Vermont that had an 80-year old farmhouse, it had a lake, and almost a square mile, like 800 acres. And I thought, “That’s it, that’s it.” And it cost a lot of money, but I got it. And I showed up and I thought, “Wow.”

Then I had to live it. And it was too hard. There was no time for music. I had to get up at five in the morning because there was so much to do. Chopping your own wood ain’t fun and the winters ain’t fun. Just to take care of the place is a full-time job, and I couldn’t find anybody to do that for me so I could just visit my cool place. Some things are just better off being a fantasy. I spent a lot of money to find that out, but I sold the farm in three years because it was too hard. I just saw the cool part of it, I didn’t see the “living it.”

Q: How do you feel about turning 70 in a few months?

Joe Walsh: Well, not happy about it! There’s a joke I make that at 69, I don’t know how to be 69. I never planned on being 69. And I went to the store to see if they had a 69 For Dummies book. And my joke is that “No, the guy told me I needed to go to an adult bookstore for that.” But there’s no 69 For Dummies. Luckily my brother-in-law is gonna be 75, so some guys are leading the charge. B.B. King, he was playing when he was 90.

Q: What’s your favorite book of all time?

Joe Walsh: Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. I was about 10 or 11 when I read that after I got into science fiction. That came out around 1951, and I read it in 1958. It’s the most amazing book because it sucks you in. You started reading the book and inside the book is about eight other books, and each one of them is about one of the guy’s tattoos and the tattoos move around at night and shit. Imagination and a book full of books, what a concept.

Q: Do you mourn all the years of your life you wasted drinking?

Joe Walsh: I can’t say I mourn them, but there are about four or five years I really wish I had back. But darn it, I can’t really have regrets because, you know, I gotta stay in the moment. That said, 1985 to 1990 was wild and crazy. I was younger and I lived in a time when it was okay to do that if you were a rock star. It’s not okay now.

What advice do you wish you could give yourself before you had your first drink?
Don’t drink, drunk.

Q: Any chance the James Gang will tour again?

Joe Walsh: I just saw Jimmy [Fox] and Dale [Peters] because we played in Cleveland. I just don’t know if the James Gang can be seventy years old and do what they used to do. The drummer might just die up there, I don’t know. But we should probably try it. I don’t think we’d wanna go on and headline big places, but we could play little places like we always used to do. I think we could own the room. So yeah, I think there’s a good chance. It’s just finding the damn time. To do much of anything is hard these days. It’s going fast, isn’t it?

Q: How are Eagles rehearsals going?

Joe Walsh: We’ve got some new blood. We all know the songs pretty good, but we just have to run the drill. It’s like being an athlete and doing the reps to get into shape. The new guys [Deacon Frey and Vince Gill] have to get to the point where it’s automatic or it’s transparent.

Q: It must be bittersweet to be playing without Glenn [Frey].

Joe Walsh: There’s all kings of feelings mixed in, but I think we’re gonna be really good.

Q: How is Glenn’s son Deacon doing?

Joe Walsh: He’s great. He’s never done this. He has no attitude whatsoever. He just shows up and does it. I wish more of us could be like that.

Q: It’s a real trial by fire for him, first playing in front of 60,000 people at a stadium.

Joe Walsh: We’ll probably find out a lot about him by the third song. (Laughs)

Q: Do you think the Eagles will play more shows than just these two stadium gigs?

Joe Walsh: Yeah, I do. I don’t think we’ll ever tour again, but I think we’ll do six shows a year, something like that.

Q: You described the Eagles before Glenn passed away as a “democracy with two dictators.” Was being in a group where you weren’t really in charge ever hard on your ego?

Joe Walsh: Well, I joined their band. I would say it was a democratic dictatorship. How’s that? That means, we all got to vote and then they did whatever they wanted.

Q: You famously ran for president back in 1980. If you won, do you think you would have done a better job than Donald Trump is doing right now?

Joe Walsh: Yeah. (Laughs). That’s because of common sense. I don’t think Trump really knows how the government works and I don’t think he cares. Therefore, he’s not gonna get much done. I think I know how it works. I know how to live in a complex decision-making organization. For example, the band. We got stuff done!