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He’s no friend of the party of Lincoln.
Singer-guitarist Joe Walsh announced Wednesday his intention to renege on a commitment he’d made earlier to perform in Cleveland, Ohio at a benefit for veterans this summer.
The reason? The charity event will be held at the Republican National convention.
“It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a nonpartisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 18 in Cleveland. The admat I approved said this specifically,” the former Eagles member and James Gang founder said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention.”
Walsh, who will be touring with Bad Company later this spring in their “One Hell of a Night” tour also claimed his appearance at the convention would benefit the GOP.
“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 took issue with the GOP presidential candidates.
“I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns,” he continued. “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.”
Walsh made a surprise appearance with the rock group Ares last week at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where California-based rapper YG performed a number called “F**k Donald Trump,” which called for the businessman’s death.
Apparently that’s OK to the aging rocker.
“Such a sad shame…. Joe Walsh now only goes where the girly men go,” remarked one in reply to KOLO 8’s story of Walsh backing out. “That being the case, at least he won’t need any Depends….”
Perhaps he should also realize that everything is political, and his decision won’t hurt the Republican party — only the veterans.
It wouldn’t hurt for him to actually read contracts before signing them, also.
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