"I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way."

By Jeff Cornell

Joe Walsh has canceled his July concert in Cleveland after finding out the show was a launch event for the Republican National Convention.

The guitarist and singer took to his website today to announce the news. “It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Monday, July 18 in Cleveland.” The statement continues, “Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention. In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.”

Related: Joe Walsh and Bad Company announce summer tour

Walsh added, “I am very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns. It is both isolationist and spiteful. I cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way. I will look at doing a veteran related benefit concert later this year.”

Joe Walsh will kick off his summer tour with Bad Company on May 12 in Dallas, Texas. See all their tour dates here.

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