Joe Walsh cancels benefit in protest to GOP
Rocker bows out of Cleveland show, citing “rampant vitriol, fear-mongering”
By Gary Graff
April 21, 2016
Joe Walsh is none too happy with the Republican Party these days.
The veteran rocker was slated to play a July 18 benefit for U.S. service veterans in Cleveland, but has bowed out after discovering it’s slated to be a kick-off event for the Republican National Convention there. In a statement, Walsh explained that, “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.”
He was also unhappy to find out that “my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes.”
Walsh, who formed the James Gang in the Cleveland area, did apologize “to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint” and promised that “I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year.”
Walsh is touring this spring and summer with Bad Company, starting May 12 in Dallas for a 25-date tour wrapping July 3 in Whites Creek, Tenn.