He may be 60, but he can play, and maybe better than ever. Saturday night, Mo (that would be my wife) and I gyrated to the slammin’ sounds of the Eagles at a sold-out Madison Square Garden. If you’ve never seen the Eagles in concert–go, and pick up their new CD Long Road Out Of Eden. Just $10 at Wal-Mart.
But before the show, a select group of fans of Joe Walsh, the savant that created the blistering guitarist riffs for Eagles’ classics such as Life In The Fast Lane and In The City, were treated to a half hour in the MSG hospitality suite with the guitar wizard.
I snuck in a mini-interview with my favorite musician, a genial host who appeared relaxed and in good spirits. In a concert world that requires performers to tolerate a high level of repetition (fans want to hear the hits) Walsh said the one song that still always challenges him are his complex guitar notes in Hotel California.
“That’s one I always must think about. A lot of the other songs are second nature.”
Genesis of Fast Lane?
“I had the music sitting around and I turned it over to Don Henley who added the lyrics.”
I’ve never written a song lyric (I have enough trouble doing this) and Joe’s a nifty lyricist himself, so I had to ask about the song-writing process. What comes first, the music or the lyrics?
“For the most part it’s the music. I’d have to think about a song where the lyrics came first.”
That’s when Mo jumped in. “How about I Love Big Tits?”
Yup, Joe recorded a song that appeared on You Bought It: You Name It as (record company wasn’t crazy about the title) I.L.B.T.s. Joe didn’t miss a beat in his response to Mo.
“Yeah, that would be one!”
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to experience mass adulation at a Hooters’ convention, but something tells me that in Joe’s wilder days–tearing out hotel rooms–he probably did in the days before he embraced sobriety 15 years ago. By the way, even though Mo does not sport headlight-sized hooters, Joe graciously allowed her to stand next to him for a photo shoot! I’ve attached a little Fast Lane riffs for your enjoyment.
Life in the Fast Lane!
Clicking the arrow plays the clip.
Surely make you lose your mind.
Okay, on to the business at hand. Lots of chatter over the weekend about financing for the completion of Phil Kuchma’s Bijou Square development. Kuchma’s done wonders cleaning up a whole city block, the development is attracting city and suburban visitors, and it would be nice to enjoy additional housing downtown, which finally has a restaurant emergence on Fairfield Avenue.
Many candidates for state office will hear from election officials this week about qualifying for an Aug. 12 primary. Keith Cougar Rodgerson contacted OIB the other day: Don’t count me out! He’s out there hustling signatures in what could be a four-way primary to fill the seat being vacated by State Rep. Felipe Reinoso. Sly Salcedo and Chico Rivera have also pledged to challenge Democratic endorsed candidate Eze Santiago.
I spoke to Democratic Registrar Sandy Ayala this afternoon. She said Auden Grogins has qualified to challenge State Rep. Bob Keeley. This race is gonna be a hoot, if for no other reason than the entertainment value of watching two political characters going at it. Petitioning candidates have another week or so to submit signatures from five percent of registered Democrats in respective state election districts.
You smelling any upsets out there?
Anyone going to Johnny Fabs’ film fest next Monday at 7 at the Barnum Museum for the showing of The Accidental Mayor? Filmmaker Larry Locke unveils his docudrama about Fabs’ four years as mayor. I’ll be there. Lots of OIB readers appear in the film.
Memo From Mayor
The Mayor would like to remind city residents that alternate side of the street parking is in effect and will be enforced. Street sweepers are currently sweeping the red section of the city from the 1st of the month to the 10th. This includes the North End and the North Side of the City. Residents must park on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days, and on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days. All residents should check the signs posted in their areas.
Mayor Finch would also like to congratulate the students of Blackham School, who will be receiving a citation from the City Council at tonight’s Council meeting, for their dedication to community service activities.
The agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found here: 2008-06-02.DOC.