WHAT: On Wednesday, April 15, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host An Evening with Joe Vitale.  This event is part of the Museum’s popular FREE From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits.

WHEN: Wednesday April 15, 2009 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 4th Floor Theater

TO RSVP: This event is FREE with a reservation. Please email edu@rockhall.org to RSVP. If you do not have access to email, please call (216) 515-8426.

MORE: Vitale will be interviewed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum vice president of education and public programs Lauren Onkey. Following the interview, Vitale will greet fans and sign copies of his book.

This event is part of the series From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves.

For more information about this and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit http://www.rockhall.com.

About Joe Vitale
Born into a musical family, Joe Vitale is a veteran musician and drummer whose career has spanned over forty years of touring, recording, songwriting, and producing.  During his career, Vitale has worked with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists such as Joe Walsh, the Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood, Van Morrison and many others. 

Vitale has also co-produced albums for Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.  His many songwriting credits include the classic Walsh song, “Rocky Mountain Way,” and “Pretty Maids All in a Row” from the Eagles’ classic album, Hotel California, both co-written with Walsh.

Vitale has released three solo albums, Roller Coaster Weekend, Plantation Harbor, and Speaking In Drums.  He has also produced his son’s first album, Dancing with Shadows.  More recently, Vitale has written a book with his wife of thirty-five years called Joe Vitale Backstage Pass, detailing his career in music. 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit http://www.rockhall.com.