Joe Walsh has canceled a planned July 17 concert in Cleveland after finding out that it had ties to the Republican National Convention. The Eagles guitarist announced in a statement that he did not realize the show intended to benefit the families of veterans was part of the GOP gathering and once he did he could not in good conscience honor the booking.
“It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non-partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 17, in Cleveland,” wrote Walsh, who launches a 25-date U.S. tour with Bad Company in mid-May. “The admat I approved said this specifically. Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention. In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.”
Walsh, who popped up for a surprise two-song sit-in with Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach’s The Arcs at Coachella last weekend, said the harsh, divisive tenor of the Republican presidential campaign is the reason he was forced to pull out of the event.
“I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns,” he said. “It is both isolationist and spiteful. I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way. I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year.”
A spokesperson for the Republican National Committee could not be reached for comment at press time.