Classic-Rock Drummer Joe Vitale at Rock Hall Tonight

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Classic rock veteran Joe Vitale will speak at the Rock Hall tonight, as part of the Songwriters to Soundmen Series, which is tremendous. The talk is a long-form interview conducted by vice president of education and public programs Lauren Onkey, followed by Q&A opportunities.

Vitale, a Canton native and resident, played on all of Joe Walsh's solo records, has been with Crosby, Stills, & Nash for 33 of their 40 years, and has a résumé that spans the Eagles to Dan Fogelberg. He's plugging his new book, Joe Vitale: Backstage Pass, which he co-wrote with his wife Susie.

It's not a typical coke-and-hookers memoir; rather, it's a look at the human side of iconic artists you've been listening to your entire life (assuming you're a classic-rock fan). Vitale skipped the debauchery, but it's nice to see an accomplished musician who's remained a steadfast family guy.

This event is free with a reservation. E-mail edu@rockhall.org to RSVP or call 216-515-8426. Tickets are going fast. —D.X. Ferris

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