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Joe Walsh Embarrassed By Drunken Eagles Footage
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Joe Walsh Embarrassed By Drunken Eagles Footage
Although all the Eagles are generally happy with their new career-spanning DVD, History Of The Eagles, Joe Walsh admits that watching the doc was tough at times. Walsh, who's been clean and sober for 19 years, explained to The New Zealand Herald, "I was a little uncomfortable with the old footage of me, when I was a mess. But it was important that it was in there, 'cause we were trying to tell the truth. I ended up alcoholic and totally dependent on various other substances. I mean, I had a blast, we all pushed it, but I took it too far. I can't comprehend how I could have done it, how I could have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and all the rest, and stayed up all night and then gone to the next concert and played. But it has a way of convincing you that you can't do anything without it. I played music high for so long, I didn't know how to do it sober."
 
Walsh finally cleaned up once and for all just prior to the Eagles' 1994 Hell Freezes Over reunion at the urging of his bandmates Don Henley and Glenn Frey: "I'm so grateful that I'm alive, 'cause a lot aren't. I hit bottom before I OD'd and a lot of my friends did it the other way around. . . I don't know why I'm here and they're not but I am here. . . And part of my responsibility is to do a really good job and show people that there is life after total dependency."
 
Walsh admitted to us that he hid the shame and pain of addiction, both on and off the stage, by using humor and buffoonery: "Yeah, the silliness was a by-product of a alcohol, really. I mean, there's mean drunks and there's happy drunks and I was a happy drunk. And I kind of disguised talking about reality or talking about my problem, (and) talking about real things with humor. Just trying to not deal with it. I knew I was in trouble and I had a problem -- but I didn't want to deal with it. So, I just avoided dealing with it by being funny." 
 
The Eagles tour dates (subject to change):
July 6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 
July 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater 
July 9 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena 
July 11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 13 - Grand Falls-Windsor, NL Exploits - Valley Salmon Festival at Centennial Field
July 15 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
July 18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
July 19 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center 
July 22 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
July 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
July 25 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts 
September 6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
September 9 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Palace
September 11 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
September 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
September 16 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
September 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
September 20 - Chicago, IL - United Center
September 21 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 4 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena 
October 5 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 
October 7 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena 
October 9 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
October 11 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
October 14 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum 
October 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
October 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
October 19 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 
October 21 - Moline, IL - I Wireless Center 
October 23 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 
October 24 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center

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