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Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh once lived in Columbus. Now he has a street named after him

November 11, 2022

Article originally published by Columbus Dispatch, written by Monroe Trombly

Where are you from?

Simple question, right?

Not so much for Joe Walsh. By the time he turned 18, the famous Eagles and James Gang guitarist, who was born in Wichita, Kansas, had lived in at least five states.

But out of all those places, Ohio — specifically Columbus — made the biggest impression on him, he said during a Wednesday ceremony held in his honor as the portion of West Nationwide Boulevard that fronts Nationwide Arena was dedicated as “Joe Walsh Way.”

Guitarist Joe Walsh shows his gratitude after giving remarks as "Joe Walsh Way" was dedicated Wednesday afternoon. The City of Columbus and the Columbus Music Commission collaborated to honor the Eagles guitarist and Columbus homegrown hero with the ceremonial street naming. The sign was posted at Nationwide Boulevard and North Front Street.

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It was in Columbus that Walsh first learned to play guitar, in part by listening to doo-wop tracks played by disc-jockey Doctor Bop on WCOL-AM.

Joe Walsh in Columbus: ‘I am home’

Standing at a podium underneath a newly-installed street sign bearing his name, the guitarist on Wednesday called Columbus his adopted hometown.

“I am home,” he said. “I am home.”

In town for this weekend’s VetsAid concert at Nationwide Arena, Walsh said during a 10-minute speech that he came to Columbus at the age of 9 when his stepfather took a job at Nationwide insurance. His family moved into a small house on Summit Street, and Walsh shortly thereafter got his first guitar from a Sears, Roebuck catalogue.

“After waiting endlessly for three weeks, it arrived, and I was the happiest and coolest 10-year-old in Ohio, in my mind at least,” he said. “I could only play two strings at a time.”