Joe Walsh with his family lived in Columbus, Ohio for several years, and then moved to New York City. Afterward, Joe Walsh transferred to Montclair, New Jersey and went to Montclair High School. Joe spent time in various bands playing around the Cleveland area while attending Kent State University. By year 1968, he took the place of Glen Schwartz as lead guitarist for an American power trio known as the James Gang. He was able to prove that he was the band’s star attraction, renowned for his ground-breaking rhythm playing and creative guitar riffs. The James Gang had several minor hits and became an early album-oriented rock staple for the next two years. Joe Walsh left the group for a solo career, by the month of November, year 1971. He released his solo debut album, Barnstorm by 1972. However, his next work, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get released in June 1973 was his commercial breakthrough. The first single Rocky Mountain Way acquired heavy airplay and reached #23 on the US top 40 charts.
In December of 1974, Joe Walsh released a studio album So What and a live set, You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind in October of 1976. These would be his last solo albums until 1978. Joe Walsh joined the highly successful country rock band Eagles as Bernie Leadon's replacement. His presence pushed the band toward a harder-edged sound and away from their early country-style work. When the Eagles struggled to record the follow-up to their highly successful album Hotel California, Joe Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the well-received discs But Seriously Folks that featured his hit comic depiction of rock stardom, Life's Been Good and There Goes the Neighborhood. Joe Walsh also contributed In the City to the The Warriors soundtrack; an Eagles song wrote and sung by Joe Walsh, originally appearing on The Long Run album.
Joe Walsh continued to release albums throughout the 1980s as the Eagles broke up. However, by year 1994, Joe Walsh reunited with the Eagles for a highly successful reunion tour and live album, Hell Freezes Over. Joe Walsh has toured regularly with the Eagles since then and the group is currently working on a new album titled The Long Road Out Of Eden that is set for release in late 2007.
Joe Walsh has appeared at selected shows with country-rock star musician Kenny Chesney on his Flip Flop Summer Tour 2007. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the world who doesn’t know ‘Life’s Been Good To Me’ or ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ if they’ve listened to any rock radio at all,” Kenny stated. Joe Walsh is also playing a number of solo dates during late summer.
Joe Walsh was indeed a gifted musician. His listeners were delighted of his sound and melodies that easily captured the attention of music fanatics over the years. He will continue to contribute to the music industry through his talents and extraordinary music skills.