Legendary guitarist Joe Walsh has been a member of multiple groups over his career, including James Gang and Barnstorm, but perhaps most significantly for the iconic Los Angelels-based group The Eagles.
With a brand new solo album, Analog Man, out now and fresh off playing a show at The Greek Theatre with his famous brother-in-law Ringo Starr over the weekend, Joe joined us live in studio this morning to hang out, share stories from his amazing career with The Eagles and preview a few new tracks off his album.
It wasn’t until 1975 that Joe actually joined The Eagles and helped change the sound of the group by introducing a little rock and roll guitar to the first hit he played on, which was none other than “Hotel California.”
“Bernie [Leadon] was a real acoustic country guitar purist, and Don [Henley] and Glenn [Fry] thought they needed to kick it a little more,” explained Joe. “The deal was that I would try it. I just thought with those voices, some rock and roll guitar would be a powerful thing, so we decided we’d try it and out of that came ‘Hotel California’ and there was no turning back.”
He added, “We were young, we were passionate and we just happened to be in a an extremely creative period. Thank God somebody remembered to push record, that’s all I can say.”