When Joe Walsh steps on stage you know you're going to hear favorites such as "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," "Life's Been Good" and "In The City."
But for his latest solo tour, the veteran rocker and Eagles guitarist has dug a little deeper into a catalog that goes back to the James Gang in the late 60s.
"I didn't want to come out and play the solo set that I always play," the Kansas-born Walsh, 67, who spent many years in Ohio -- where he started the James Gang -- explains by phone. "It covers all the basis and it's not, but I want to stir up the hornet's nest a little bit. So I went back and went through my catalog, and there's a bunch of songs that a lot of people know but they weren't hits and didn't have radio presence. I decided to get a band that could play all that stuff the way it should be played, so I'm going to dust off a bunch of songs that have never been played live."
He promises that, "Everybody will hear what they're coming to hear, but in addition to that there'll be some stuff off Joe Walsh albums that people will go, 'Oh yeah, that one!'"
There's no brand new material at the moment, but Walsh is "grabbing bits and pieces and...trying to write and play music every day" to accumulate material for a follow-up to 2012's "Analog Man."
He's doing some other kind of writing as well. Walsh is working on a memoir, which will make him the second Eagles member -- after former guitarist Don Felder -- to join the book ranks.
"I've been working on it for about a year," Walsh says. "Some of it's really funny. Some of it is what happened. Some of it is other people telling me what I did, and some of it is just plain my humor. When it's done it will come out. It's kind of a big undertaking.
"I thought for awhile I could actually make more money from people paying me to NOT be in the book, but I guess I'll go ahead and write it anyway."
9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 E. Riverside Drive.
Tickets are $32-$72.
Call 1-800-991-777 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.
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