'Misled' Joe Walsh Pulls Out of Playing GOP Convention

He doesn't take it easy with his reasoning, either
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2016 9:13 AM CDT
'Misled' Joe Walsh Pulls Out of Playing GOP Convention
In this Oct. 12, 2015, file photo, Joe Walsh of the Eagles performs in a solo concert at the Fillmore in Philadelphia.   (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Someone's already contesting the Republican National Convention—or at least his role in it. Eagles guitarist and keyboardist Joe Walsh is backing out of playing a July 18 concert in Cleveland to kick off the convention, saying now that he was misled about why he was asked to play, Ultimate Classic Rock reports. "It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans," Walsh wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. "Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention."

Walsh also found out his name "is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes," further prompting him pull out. Plus he's not exactly harboring peaceful, easy feelings toward the GOP overall—and he can tell you why. "I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns," he writes. "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." (No "Lyin' Eyes" for "Lyin' Ted," apparently.)

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