Toledo Blade

Joe Walsh has carved out a remarkable rock íní roll resume that includes solo hits, massive success with the Eagles, and side gigs working with such luminaries as Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

Cool, but heís also got the slightly nerdy cachet covered with his hobby: ham radio.

On Thursday, Walsh will play the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre on his first solo tour in some time, showing off songs from his soon-to-be-released disc Analog Man, and no doubt plowing through his backlog of solo material and stuff recorded with Barnstorm and the James Gang.

Itís been 20 years since Walsh last released a solo album and he credits getting sober in 1994 with his return and the long time it has taken him to get back in the studio with new songs. The former Clevelander and Kent State alumnus told Rolling Stone magazine that it took him years to figure out how to work after quitting alcohol.

His music is a staple of classic rock radio, most notably songs such as Rocky Mountain Way, Turn to Stone and Lifeís Been Good. The Eagles are on a hiatus and plan to get back together next year for a 40th anniversary tour. In the meantime, Walsh will push his solo album, possibly working with the James Gang and generally rocking out. Analog Man is due to be released June 5.

Tickets are $50, $71.90, and $101.70. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30. Information: 419-385-5721, ext. 6001.