Joe Walsh fans have put forth a new petition to have the Eagles' guitarist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Walsh has been eligible for solo induction since 1998 — the same year that he was inducted as part of the Eagles.
In addition to an impassioned plea to the Rock Hall to have Walsh join the Hall's ranks, the petition lists in detail Walsh's musical, historical, and charitable importance in rock, with quotes by such friends and fans as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. So far, the petition has snagged 983 of its goal of 5,000 signatures.
The Care2 petition, (http://bit.ly/2HhnBcs) reads in part:
Joe Walsh fans now believe that it is time for Joe to be recognized and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a SOLO artist, which he truly deserves.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, created over 25 years ago, recognizes and archives the history of the best known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and other notable figures who have had some major impact on the development of rock and roll.
The History of Rock and Roll and really music in general, is unimaginable without Joe Walsh's contributions. Joseph Fidler Walsh, is a versatile and innovative musician and composer who strongly influenced the evolution of popular music nearly a decade before he joined the Eagles in 1976, and he continues to do so today. Joe is an incredibly gifted songwriter who's ability to play both lead and rhythm guitar and to give us licks so good, that we never forget them. He is undoubtedly the master of crushing power chords, slide playing, soaring lead lines and melodies. Walsh is the rarest of guitar heroes, one who doesn't overplay, instead using his incredible sense of tone and phrasing in putting together simple melodies that really bring out the heart of each song.
Nicknamed, The Clown Prince of Rock and Roll, Walsh's sense of humor plays a big part in his songwriting, yet he is able to combine that sense of humor with some serious lyrics to create a sort of everyman persona and it shows in a number of his solo songs that show his softer side. Joe is a musician that consistently sets the bar higher and higher with the constant refinement of his own craft. He is the type of musician that is often imitated but can never be duplicated because of his unique style of playing.
2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Joe Walsh becoming sober. Eagles bassist and close friend Timothy B. Schmit admitted that like the rest of Walsh's friends, he worried about the damage he was doing to himself: “I certainly did my share of worrying about him — and even after the Eagles broke up, for a while, we both played in Ringo's (All Starr) Band for a tour, 'couple tours. Um. . . I used to really worry about him and I had a lot of talks with Joe. And when he came back and was sober, we knew he was kind of delicate. Yeah, he told me, y'know, he was scared to death — he didn't know if he could play sober. Of course everybody knew except for him, he just had to. . . he just had to get up there and do it.”