Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, perhaps best known as one of the lead guitarists for the iconic group The Eagles, was scheduled to perform a concert on July 17th in Cleveland, Ohio, for what he thought was a benefit for veterans and their families. However, Rolling Stone is reporting that Walsh later discovered that the concert was part of the Republican National Convention and announced as a consequence he was “withdrawing from the show.”
“It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a nonpartisan 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…Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.”
Walsh, who is touring again this spring, was going to be one of the co-headlining acts at the concert, but he took issue with his name being associated with an event that would raise money for the Republicans at their convention. Walsh truly understands the importance of doing a benefit to help veterans and said “I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year.”
However, as with most Americans, Walsh expressed his frustration and anger over the vitriol coming out of the mouths of the Republican presidential candidates.
“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.”
It is obvious to Walsh that the presidential candidates the Republicans have put forth are dangerous to our democracy. One man running for president is a race-baiting, xenophobic hate-monger, and authoritarian fascist. The other is a dangerous women-hating religious fanatic and he, Walsh, justifiably does not wish to be associate with them or their ideas.