If the James Gang is really ready to “go away,” then this is one hell of “one last ride” to go out on. Singer Joe Walsh reunites his ’70s band for the sixth edition of VetsAid, an annual benefit aimed at raising money for veterans’ charities. And the reunion isn’t the only highlight, with Walsh’s colleagues in Ohio Dave Grohl, Nine inch seam, The black keys and the breeders play too.
The concert is set to take place on Sunday Nov. 13 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with the slick “One Last Ride” reunion performance by the James Gang highlighting the evening. The series, which also includes Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters, started their careers with the 1970s The James Gang rides again album and the performance is being billed as their final performance.
The night also features a Dave Grohl solo set, with the Foo Fighters frontman returning to the stage for a rare solo gig. Grohl recently joined Paul McCartney on stage marks his first live concert appearance since Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead earlier this year. Grohl reunites with the Foo Fighters and a host of special guests at two Taylor Hawkins tribute shows in London and Los Angeles next month. Grohl has an Ohio tie as he was born in Warren, Ohio.
Likewise, all the other acts on the bill also have Ohio ties, starting with Joe Walsh, who attended Kent State University and began his music career with acts in the Buckeye state. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has Cleveland ties, while The Black Keys duo Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach hail from Akron and The Breeders’ Kim and Kelley Deal are from Dayton.
“It all started in Ohio,” Walsh said in a statement. “Picking up my first guitar as a kid in Columbus set me on a musical journey to Kent State, Cleveland and then the world.”
He added: “It’s a great privilege for me to share the stage again with my original James Gang friends and this incredible group of Ohio rock legends like Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, The Breeders and Dave Grohl. I think on Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical heritage while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022.”
Walsh was a key player in the development of the VetsAid concerts. He previously commented on“War is hell for everyone involved. I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even remember him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We’re only just beginning to appreciate the long-term consequences for our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I had to do something, and since rock-and-roll seems to be what I’m doing best, it is also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country.”
“We’re all in this together as Americans and it seems to me lately that people are forgetting that. So I decided to put on a show, raise some money, bring people back together and celebrate our vets… and let us do it every year,” the singer added.