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Joe Walsh: Still Slinging Riffs and Takin’ It Easy

On his solo LP, the part-time Eagle turns in laid-back Cali rock and makes the most of sobriety

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Joe Walsh performs during the Love For Levon Benefit Concert at the Izod Center on October 3rd, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Your last solo album came in 1992. What took you so long to make another?
The Eagles got back to work and went around the world a couple of times, and I also got sober. I had to rebuild Joe from the bottom up and learn to do everything without vodka.

How was it working sober?
It’s not a party. It’s work. I get more done in the day­time. My lyrics aren’t abstract, and I’m not hiding behind my humor. I’m letting people know who the real Joe is. now that I know. It’s a little scary.

It’s called Analog Man. Did you record it analog?
No. we recorded it digi­tally. I’m not saying I’m an old fart who came out of the woods and is saying analog is better. It’s not a judgment. I do know this technology ate the record business, and it ate intellectual property, and I hope it doesn’t eat me.

I assume “Funk 50” is a takeoff on “Funk #49,” by your old band the James Gang.
Last year ESPN called me up and said, “We want a song that sounds like ‘Funk #49,’ but not that exact song.”

Is it more fulfilling to work solo than in the Eagles?
Being a part of a band is fulfilling, and Don [Henley] and Glenn [Frey] come up with great stuff to play to. But it’s nice to be able to get my brains onto a CD. I think I’m back, it’s not going to be another 20 years until the next one.

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