Founders Award 2016 Honoree
An annual fundraiser to benefit MoPOP's youth programs, MoPOP's Founders Award features legendary performers who have made substantial contributions to the field of music.
As the creator of some of rock’s most memorable guitar riffs, GRAMMY® Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Walsh has had a remarkable career spanning nearly five decades and dozens of hit songs.
Walsh first earned attention in 1969 as guitarist and vocalist for the James Gang, a Cleveland-based power trio that scored an FM radio hit with “Funk #49.” The band opened for the Who in the U.S. and U.K., and Walsh became friends with the Who’s gonzo drummer, Keith Moon, who mentored him on rock ‘n’ roll decadence and destruction. Years later as a solo artist, Walsh wrote “Life’s Been Good,” a deadpan account of rock star excess that still stands as one of pop music’s most brilliant satirical songs.
Walsh went on to form the group Barnstorm and continued to record and release albums as a successful solo artist, penning 12 solo records to date and as many classic hits including “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Walk Away,” “Life of Illusion,” “Ordinary Average Guy,” “In the City,” and “Analog Man.”
In 1975, the Eagles, then known for their tight harmonies and country-rock sound, asked Walsh to join the band. The guitarist brought his harder-edged rock sound to their next album, Hotel California, most famously on his solos for the title song and “Life in the Fast Lane.” The album made Walsh and the Eagles superstars, and went on to sell more than 50 million copies. The follow-up album, The Long Run, included Walsh’s “In the City,” originally recorded for The Warriors soundtrack, and won a GRAMMY®. The band split shortly after. Fourteen years later, the Eagles released Hell Freezes Over which went on to sell over 10 million copies. The tour that accompanied the album was one of the most successful in music history.
Walsh’s distinctive guitar playing, songwriting, and live performances have inspired countless musicians and fans throughout the world and make him an ideal Founders Award honoree.
2016 Event Committee
Co-Chairs: Mark Dederer and Michael J. Malone
Dr. James A. Bianco, Wes Blair, Dana Frank, Ian Kerrigan, Liz and Mike McConnell, Ed Pierson, Amy Sprangers, Irene Yamamoto
Thursday, December 8, 2016; 6:30pm; Sky Church at MoPOP
Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by dinner and performance
Attire: Rock Chic
Interested in learning more about MoPOP's Founders Award Celebration? Contact Angela Westmoreland, Fundraising Events Manager, at AngelaW@MoPOP.org or 206-262-3262.
A special thank you to the generous sponsors and supporters of the 2016 Founders Award Celebration:
HALL OF FAME SPONSOR
Boeing / Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. / Citi Private Bank / Dana Frank / Maria Mackey Gunn / Seattle Seahawks / J. Alain Smith / Sorrento Hotel / Parker Smith & Feek / Visit Seattle / Vulcan, Inc. / Wells Fargo Private Bank
Jeff and Jen Bianco / Buster Brown / Mark Chiappara / Captain Keith Colburn /Steven and Stephanie Crosby / Lauren and Dick Donner / Experience Hendrix L.L.C. /Bonnie Forbes / Beth Golder and Kerry McNeil / Charles and Cellene Graham / Joan Kelly / Clark Kokich and Lisa Strain / Afshan and Amin Lakha / Tracie Mayer /Dot Nakama / Ed Pierson, Attorney at Law / Provenance Hotels / Jon Shirley and Kim Richter / Jonathan and Maarit Visbal
14 Hands Winery / Alaska Airlines / Andrew Will Winery / Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. / Concord Bicycle Music and Fantasy / CORT Party Rentals / Gibson USA / Glass Distillery / Pedersen's Event Rentals Portland Trail Blazers / The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter / Seattle Seahawks / Sennheiser Electronic Company / Sparkle Donkey Tequila / Westland Distillery