By Jim Johnson

Joe Walsh has withdrawn from performing at a Cleveland benefit for the families of U.S. veterans after it came to his attention that the event was the kick-off to the Republican National Convention.

Yesterday (April 20th), Walsh issued an official statement regarding the situation:

“It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 18 in Cleveland. The admat I approved said this specifically. Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention. In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.

I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.  It is both isolationist and spiteful. I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way. I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year.

Joe Walsh reported on Saturday (April 16th), Joe Walsh and Pacific Gas & Electric‘s Glenn Schwartz — who Walsh learned to play guitar from and eventually replaced in the James Gang — hopped on stage at California’s Coachella Festival with Black Keys leader Dan Auerbach and his side band the Arcs for runthroughs of Schwartz’s songs “Fear & Doom” and “Water Street.”

Joe Walsh has made no secret that’s he’s been recording recently with some heavy hitters — including Mick Jagger and brother-in-law, Ringo Starr“Yeah, I am. I don’t know the timeline on it. I went in with some of my favorite people for a week and I’ll say loosely started a blues album. People like Dr. John and Jim Keltner and Robert Randolph and Keb’ Mo’ — and Tal (Wilkenfeld), who’s Jeff Beck’s bass player; she’s like 23 and amazing. So we went in and just kind of went through some real obscure R&B and some blues songs.”

  • Walsh says that for the most part, barring some studio tweaking, the album is essentially done: “I got that in the can — I got about 12 tracks. And it’s really good. And my thought was maybe go out and play jazz festivals in Europe — with that lineup — when the album comes out. So, that’s loosely a concept for the next Joe Walsh thing.”
  • Joe Walsh & Bad Company tour dates (subject to change):
    May 12 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
    May 15 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    May 17 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
    May 18 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    May 20 – Inglewood, CA – Forum
    May 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
    May 24 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    May 26 – New Orleans, LA – Champions Square
    May 28 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
    May 29 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
    June 7 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    June 9 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
    June 11 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
    June 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
    June 14 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
    June 16 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
    June 18 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    June 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
    June 22 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre   
    June 23 – Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
    June 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
    June 28 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
    June 30 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
    July 1 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
    July 3 – Whites Creek, TN – Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater At Fontanel



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