One of the best parts about seeing the Eagles in the 21st century, besides all the jokes about grandchildren and Ben-Gay that they make, is seeing Joe Walsh onstage. That survivor with the dull Everyman stare. The man who did enough drugs to stay awake until the Sun explodes.
Because even while Don Henley and Glenn Frey make old-white-guy cracks, you know Walsh could walk to his mike and burp and/or fart and it would be a million times more relevant, maybe even life-changing.
The Eagle lands in Winnie and Nutty Jerry's on May 18. His new album, Analog Man, is due out June 5.
This solo jaunt comes before the Eagles finalize their 2012 plans, which include celebrating their 40th anniversary of polarizing rock fans and cynics. I saw the band twice in 2010 alone, at Toyota Center and at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The "Life's Been Good" singer was last in Houston on October 12 at the former Verizon Wireless Theater, now Bayou Music Center. Somehow the gods graced the crowd with an opening sets by Ray Wylie Hubbard and Kenny Wayne Shepherd too.
Ticket prices range from $150 VIP chairs to $40 General Admission tickets over at Nutty's, which is just about an hour drive from downtown. Doors always open around 7 p.m., and if you get there in time you can have dinner in the venue's restaurant just yards away from the stage.
Two birds with one stone, since there aren't many places to eat on the way out there that don't feature food in paper bags.
The night last April when I had a New York strip steak, saw Ted Nugent scream about poontang for two hours, and then hung with the man himself for ten minutes while he ate chicken noodle soup is one that I won't forget.