Watch Joe Walsh Tell You What’s Good With “Life’s Been Good” Performance
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Although Joe Walsh will always be best remembered for his work with The Eagles, the fact remains that he enjoyed a fruitful solo career both before and after his membership in the legendary rock band. Following the passing of singer/guitarist/founding member Glenn Frey in 2016, Walsh has refocused on his solo career, doing a mini-residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Compared to the Eagles’ stadium and arena performances, Walsh’s Vegas gigs were more of a close-up affair. Below, we’ll watch his riveting performance of “Life’s Been Good” back on January 18th, 2017.
Walsh’s concerts feature a mixture of his own solo material—including rock standards like “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life’s Been Good,” and “All Night Long”—and classics by the Eagles, including songs in which Walsh sang lead “In the City” and Eagle covers in which he fills in for other band members such as “Take It to the Limit” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”
The song “Life’s Been Good” takes a lighthearted look at the perks of being a famous musician. Walsh makes fun of the rich and famous and their pampered attitudes, pointing out that he hasn’t changed a bit while everyone else has.
“I wanted to make a statement involving satire and humor, kind of poking fun at the incredibly silly lifestyle that someone in my position is faced with,” Walsh explained via BBC. “In other words, I do have a really nice house, but I’m on the road so much that when I come home from a tour, it’s really hard to feel that I even live here. It’s not necessarily me, I think it paraphrases anyone in my position, and I think that’s why a lot of people related to it, but basically, that’s the story of any rock star – I say that humbly – anyone in my position. I thought that was a valid statement because it is a strange lifestyle – I’ve been around the world in concerts, and people say ‘What was Japan like?’, but I don’t know. It’s got a nice airport, you know… so it was kind of an overall statement.”
Watch Joe Walsh’s incredible performance below.