- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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.”

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.

A convention spokeswoman hasn’t returned an email seeking comment.

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