Our own Carter Alan spoke with Joe Walsh Wednesday as the rock legend talked about his new album Analog Man and current tour, which just rolled through Cape Cod. He also confirmed a long-rumored story about a chainsaw he once brought on tour and actually used to make “connecting rooms” at hotels.
Legend has it that Walsh once brought a chainsaw on tour with The Eagles, and used it to cut holes in the walls between hotel rooms when the doors were locked. He told Carter the story is “absolutely true,” and he also carried it around just to intimidate hotel employees into giving him what he wants.
“If you go down to the lobby you can get your point across, you don’t really need to start it up,” he joked about the chainsaw.
Carter saw Walsh live at the Cape Cod Melody Tent Wednesday night, which he described as a “smokin’” live show. He asked Walsh how he felt about the venue’s rotating stage.
“Every time I look up there’s a new audience!” Walsh remarked about the stage.
Carter says in the interview that his first concert ever was Walsh’s other band the James Gang, which Walsh says he would like to tour with again sometime soon.
Walsh also wants to continue his current tour supporting Analog Man in the fall, and potentially play smaller venues since “everyone has a good seat.”
Carter asked Walsh if he had any regrets from his troubled times struggling with addiction, and says he has none but does have about a six-year period he wishes he had back. He said he opened up about the subject on Analog Man in part to inspire those who struggle with the same issues.
“I’m the person I am now because I found myself and dug myself out of that hole…There’s life after alcoholism and total dependency on other things, and it is good,” he said.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Walsh and Carter Alan below. Walsh plays the South Shore Music Circus on Friday and the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on August 10.