Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way (Live) (1972) (Music Video)

“Rocky Mountain Way” is a 1973 song by rock guitarist Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm, with writing credits given to Walsh, Rocke Grace, Kenny Passarelli, and Joe Vitale. The song was originally released on the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. Walsh appeared in studio on The Howard Stern Show on […]

“Rocky Mountain Way” is a 1973 song by rock guitarist Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm, with writing credits given to Walsh, Rocke Grace, Kenny Passarelli, and Joe Vitale. The song was originally released on the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get.
Walsh appeared in studio on The Howard Stern Show on June 12, 2012 and talked about how the lyrics to the song came to him in 1972 shortly after releasing his first solo effort, Barnstorm.

“I’m living in Colorado and I’m mowing the lawn. I look up and there’s the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there’s snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, well I have committed. I’m already in Colorado and it’s too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain Way is better than the way I had. Because the music was better. I got the words, bam! I got all of the words all at once and ran into the house to write the words down. The lawn mower kept going over into the neighbor’s yard and ate the garden. It was an expensive song to write!”
The song was used as the title to Walsh’s 1985 compilation album, which featured singles and album tracks from Barnstorm, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get and So What.

Live versions

In 1976, Walsh recorded the song on his You Can’t Argue with a Sick Mind album.
Walsh played the song frequently while on tour with the Eagles, including the 1977 Hotel California tour, again in 1979 and later into the first half of 1980’s Long Run tour, also being added yet again to the set in the 1994 reunion tour with Eagles.
In 1985, Walsh joined Australian rock band, The Party Boys, and while touring they recorded a live album, You Need Professional Help, which featured an extended guitar duel between Walsh and Kevin Borich on “Rocky Mountain Way”.
In 1990, Walsh played an eight-minute version in the Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, starting with a slide arrangement of “Amazing Grace.”
In 2004 it was sung by Walsh at Crossroads Guitar Festival and along with Eagles on their Farewell I Tour.
In 2010, “Rocky Mountain Way” was one of three songs played during the encore each night during the Eagles “Long Road Out of Eden” World Tour. The other two songs performed in the encore were “Desperado” and “Take it Easy”.

Cover versions

Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, and Nash often plays the song live and it appears on his 1974 live album, Stephen Stills Live.
1977 the band Triumph covered this song on their Rock and Roll Machine album.
1992 Ween performed the song at the WTSR radio station.
1997 Slaughter covered it on their 1997 album, Revolution.
2005 artist Ozzy Osbourne covered this song in his Under Cover compilation album.
On October 9, 2010, at the Fourmile Fire Revival (a charity concert for the victims of the fire northwest of Boulder, CO in September), the String Cheese Incident with special guest Trey Anastasio of the Jam Band Phish performed “Rocky Mountain Way”.
2012 Godsmack covered this song on their Live and Inspired album.
Black Stone Cherry added the song to their regular set list for headlining shows in 2012.

In popular culture

The Colorado Rockies baseball team plays the song over the loudspeakers at Coors Field immediately following the conclusion of any home victory.
It was released on The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack that came with Grand Theft Auto IV Special Editions on April 29, 2008.
The song was used in the 2005 Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects, as well as the soundtrack of the 2002 skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
In the 2001 movie Spy Game, it is in the soundtrack during the Vietnam CIA recruitment sequence.
Joe Walsh performed the song on an episode of the Drew Carey Show with Rock & Roll legend Little Richard on piano.
In the 2001 film Joe Dirt, the song is played briefly.
In Fringe, episode 20 of season 3 titled “6:02 AM EST”, the song played in a bowling alley operated by Sam Weiss.
In the “Buried Treasure” episode of My Name Is Earl, the song was playing in the background at the bar.



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