We’ve been hearing about how life’s been good for Joe Walsh over the decades. Now he wants us to read about it.
“I’ve been working on it for about a year,” Walsh said. “Some of it’s really funny. Some of it is what happened. Some of it is other people telling me what I did and some of it is just plain my humor. When it’s done it will come out. It’s kind of a big undertaking.”
He added, “I thought for awhile I could actually make more money from people paying me to NOT be in the book, but I guess I’ll go ahead and write it anyway.”
Walsh will no doubt have a few more adventures to put in the prose when he hits the road for a solo tour this fall, which kicks off Sept. 16 in Warren, Ohio, and plays 15 dates through Oct. 17 in Boston. With longtime cohort Joe Vitale in tow, Walsh promises there will be many treats for longtime fans, not only favorites such as “Funk #49,” “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life’s Been Good” and “In The City” but digging deeper into his catalog for less-celebrated material.
“I didn’t want to come out and play the solo set that I always play. It covers all the basis and it’s not, but I want to stir up the hornet’s nest a little bit,” Walsh explained. “So I went back and went through my catalog, and there’s a bunch of songs that a lot of people know but they weren’t hits and didn’t have radio presence. I decided to get band that could play all that stuff the way it should be played, so I’m going to dust off a bunch of songs that have never been played live. Everybody will hear what they’re coming to hear, but in addition to that there’ll be some stuff off Joe Walsh albums that people will go, ‘Oh yeah, that one!'”
Walsh mentioned specifically the song “I.L.B.T.’s,” a celebration of minimal mammaries co-written by Vitale on 1983’s You Bought It — You Name It album. He also plans to resurrect some album tracks from 1978’s “But Seriously, Folks” and from his two early ’70s albums with “Barnstorm.” There’s no brand new material to play right now, but Walsh is “grabbing bits and pieces and….trying to write and play music every day” to accumulate material for a follow-up to 2012’s Analog Man.
Walsh is also celebrating 40 years with the Eagles this year, a time he said has flow by for him. The group recently came off the road from the latest leg of its History of the Eagles tour and he said that after two years of taking the show around the world, it’s time for the band to do something different.
“We’ve played about everywhere with it and the decision is whether to just keep doing it and we wanted to take a break and get away from it,” Walsh said. “We don’t want to just play the hits. We have to reinvent a new set and a new show and we’ve got to take some time off before we start doing that.”