Joe Walsh Fans Create Petition for Rock and Roll HOF Induction
Just one day after HBO has aired the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony featuring inductees Bon Jovi, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone, a group of fans have mobilized to push the Hall into recognizing an artist they feel deserves to be in the 2019 class: Joe Walsh.
A petiton–which now boasts 332 signatures–is circulating to induct The Eagles guitarist for his solo work. Walsh is already in the Hall as a member of the band, which was inducted in 1998.
“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,” the petition reads.
“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,” it continues. “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.”
Walsh’s solo efforts include the 1973 top 40 hits “Rocky Mountain Way,” (No. 23) 1978’s “Life’s Been Good,” (No. 12), and the 1980 “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack’s “All Night Long,” (No. 19).
A similar effort by fans of The Doobie Brothers created in 2017 was unsuccessful.
This year, The Hall introduced an interactive feature for fans to nominate their favorite artists by Fan Vote. The exhibit, located upstairs in the hall next to an exhibit of memorbilia donated by this year’s class, gives visitors a chance to write in a vote for the 2019 class. So far, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks lead in voting, with Pat Benatar on the board for an overdue look.
Read the petiton HERE.