Credit: Jim BennettThis past week, Joe Walsh was honored for his career contributions to popular music at a star-studded gala held in Seattle at the Museum of Pop Culture, a.k.a. MoPOP. Walsh was presented with the institution’s annual Founders Award at the event, during which he was saluted by and performed with his brother-in-law Ringo Starr, as well as Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Paul Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
You can watch a 12-minute video featuring highlights from the bash at the museum’s official YouTube channel. The clip includes speeches by Starr, MoPOP founder and Microsft co-founder Paul Allen and Walsh himself, as well as footage of Joe singing his hit “Rocky Mountain Way” backed by Ringo on drums, and a rendition of his James Gang classic “Funk #49” with the event’s full cast of guest musicians.
The show also featured Walsh teaming up with Grohl and Hawkins on The James Gang’s “Walk Away and “Lost Woman,” with Rundgren on The Eagles‘ “In the City” and Joe’s solo hit “Life’s Been Good to Me So Far,” and with Rodgers Paul Rodgers on The Eagles’ “Pretty Maids All in a Row” and “Life in the Fast Lane.”
Other music stars sent congratulatory videos that were played during the bash, including Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Jeff Lynne, Slash, Billy Gibbons, David Crosby, Graham Nash, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi.
The Founders Award gala raised almost $1.2 million in support of MoPOP’s music-education programs. MoPOP formerly was known as the EMP Museum. The institution has been presenting the Founders Award since 2007. Previous honorees include Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Robbie Robertson, Carlos Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, and Page.
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