Classic-Rock Drummer Joe Vitale at Rock Hall Tonight




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 to RSVP or call 216-515-8426. Tickets are going fast. —D.X. Ferris

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