Joe Walsh has recalled the two false starts to his musical career as he flirted with clarinet and oboe in his schooldays.
Joe Walsh's 2 false starts
Eagles guitarist recalls early days with clarinet and oboe - and changing instruments to get the girls
The Eagles man admits he finally turned to guitar in a bid to "get the girls" – but things could have been very different if he'd stayed in the woodwind section in order to keep his parents happy.
Joe tells Off The Record: “I started out on one of those awful old metal clarinets that the public school would provide for you. The mouthpiece smelled horrible and it squeezed and upset your pets.
“Then I decided that I would play oboe. I wanted to play oboe because the whole orchestra tunes up to the oboe, because the double reed is the purest wave form. Except at some point I discovered that, 'Joe, you're not gonna get any girls playing oboe.'
“I decided I would do guitar. My parents hated that I wanted to play guitar and stop oboe. I never got any girls playing guitar either – but I had a darned good time, I tell you.”
Walsh was recently confirmed as a contributor to former Beatle Ringo Starr's next album, along with Steve Lukather and others. The Eagles return to the UK in June, with Glenn Frey having noted: "I don't want to say this is our last tour, but it very well could be."
Eagles UK tour 2014
May 28: Birmingham LG Arena
May 29: Birmingham LG Arena
May 31: Glasgow Hydro
Jun 02: Glasgow Hydro
Jun 04: Dublin O2
Jun 06: Dublin O2
Jun 07: Dublin O2
Jun 16: London O2
Jun 18: London O2
Jun 20: London O2
Jun 21: London O2
Jun 23: Leeds First Direct Arena
Jun 25: Manchester Phones 4u Arena
Jun 26: Liverpool Echo Arena