American musician, songwriter, producer and actor, Joe Walsh has entertained audiences throughout the world for over 40 years. A member of three highly successful bands – the James Gang, Barnstorm and the Eagles – he is one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most colourful and much-loved characters. A fantastic keynote and after dinner speaker, Walsh uses his personal experience and skills as a performer to both delight and inspire any crowd.
Joe Walsh, born in Kansas in 1947, began his career in 1968 when he replaced Glen Schwartz as the lead guitarist of the James Gang. He enjoyed a number of hits with the band, including Funk#49 and Walk Away, and quickly earned a reputation for his innovative rhythms and incredibly creative riffs and licks.
In 1971, Walsh moved on to found the band Barnstorm, releasing hits such as Rocky Mountain Way, before joining the Eagles in 1975. The hugely popular rock quintet are recognised as one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time and are responsible for top-charting singles New Kid in Town, I Can’t Tell You Why and smash-hit Hotel California.
The Eagles took a 14-year hiatus between 1980 and 1994 but reunited for the album Hell Freezes Over, which reached number one on the Billboard Charts and sparked an incredibly successful tour.
Joe Walsh has released a number of solo albums over the years, most notably But Seriously, Folks in 1978, which featured the extremely popular Life’s Been Good. He has continued to write and release records and perform throughout the world, recently appearing at the 2012 Grammy Awards where he was accompanied on stage by, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. Aside from his work as a musician, Walsh supports a number of charities and causes, including the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and the Innocence Project. He has also undertaken a number of speaking engagements to warn against the dangers of substance abuse.