CLEVELAND (AP) — Eagles keyboardist and guitarist Joe Walsh says he’s pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans’ families because it’s actually a launch for the Republican National Convention.

Walsh says in an emailed statement he’s “very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns.” He says he “cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way.”

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The concert is scheduled for July 18. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for July 18-21 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Walsh said Wednesday he’s sorry for any fans or veterans and their families he might disappoint. He promises to look at doing a veterans-related benefit concert later this year.

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A convention spokeswoman hasn’t returned an email seeking comment.
Walsh will be performing along with Bad Company at the Concord Pavilion on Tuesday, May 17th.

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