I’m a rock guitar player. I grew up riffing to “Funk 49“. I lived in the Rocky Mountains and reveled in singing along with Joe Walsh’s irreverent “Rocky Mountain Way.” I always LOVED guitar god Joe Walsh, the goofy leader of the James Gang and the only member of the Eagles who would make sure you got your $50 worth of entertainment from your $150 row 175 ticket.
So now Joe Walsh is coming to Charlotte for a gig! Woo hoo! But wait. I’m not sure his heart is in it.
You see, ever since Charlotte passed a law saying anybody can use any bathroom or locker room or dorm room or sports team or single-sex school they want to at any time regardless of their personal plumbing, and then the state of North Carolina passed a law called HB2 saying, “Wait a minute! There could be some big problems there!”, concerts in the Tar Heel State have been cancelled left and right. Bruce Springsteen was first, cancelling his show in Greensboro. Bruce questioned Governor McCrory’s objection to junior high co-ed showers, saying, “To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”
Adam Levine, famed judge from the hit TV show “The Voice” and lead singer of Maroon 5, was next to put his ticket sales where his mouth is, saying, “WE FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY.”
That started a “me-too” tsunami of cancellations that included Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, and even my childhood hero Ringo Starr (arrow in my heart!). The NBA has threatened to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to the raw injustice of HB2. PayPal decided to not build an office in North Carolina, that horrible place that refuses to let transgendered people pee. Never mind that PayPal does business in nations all over the world that routinely execute gays.
And then there’s Joe. “My shows are a place where all are welcome and all can feel safe. This is why I have chosen to proceed with concert dates as planned in North Carolina and will be donating my net profits to Equality NC and the ACLU.”
Um, Joe, can we audit the books? I mean, I don’t doubt your accounting integrity or anything like that. I’m sure you wouldn’t overstate your expenses. Heck, you will probably give the ACLU every single penny of profit you earn from those $150 seats. I don’t doubt your sincerity at all. Shoot, you just want to make sure that both transgendered people in Charlotte are treated fairly. I trust you!
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
My Maserati does 185.
I lost my license, now I don’t drive.
It’s hard to handle this fortune and fame.
Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed!
I still love ya Joe, even if you are a total knucklehead. Watch this AWESOME cut from Daryl’s House.