Joe Walsh delivers triumphant closing performance at VetsAid 2022

Joe Walsh delivered a rousing performance in his sixth year VetsAid benefit concert at Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Arena, joining a number of Ohio-bred rockers including Dave Grohl, Nine inch seamthat The black keys and the breeders.

Before he took the stage, a video was played of Walsh in which the guitarist talked about the origins of VetsAid. Walsh’s own father, a flight instructor in the US Air Force, died in a plane crash in Okinawa in 1949 when Walsh was just two years old.

“It hurts. It still hurts,” Walsh said. “And I spent my life wondering what he was like, what mine life would have been like…He’s my hero and I’ve kind of based my whole life on: I want him to be proud of me.”

Walsh played four songs in total to close out the night: “In the City,” “Turn to Stone,” “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” He was joined on several songs by Grohl, who played both guitar and drums, as well as the Breeders, who sang backing vocals on “Rocky Mountain Way.” Walsh was also joined by his godson, Roy Orbison III, the grandson of legendary singer.

“Music is very healing. If people come to a concert, they come home different. Fortunately, I’m in a position with my musical background to do some healing,” Walsh said. “I guess it’s my way of healing myself.”

Earlier in the evening, Walsh, who lived in Ohio in his youth and attended Kent State University, reunited with his former band James Gang, which he joined after college. The rebooted lineup featured Walsh, Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters, all of whom played in the 1970s The James Gang rides againwhich spawned the hit “Funk #49.”

The reunited James Gang previously performedwith help from Grohl, at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in London and Los Angeles, their first concerts since 2006.

“It all started in Ohio,” Walsh said in a statement about his musical roots in the Buckeye State. “Picking up my first guitar as a kid in Columbus set me on a musical journey to Kent State, Cleveland and then the world. Now it’s a great privilege and a humbling opportunity for me to share the stage again with my original James Gang buddies. and with this absolutely incredible group of Ohio rock legends who Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, Black Keys, Breeders and Dave Grohl. I believe in Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical heritage while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022.”

Walsh founded VetsAid, the nonprofit organization and music festival, in 2017 to raise and distribute funds for veterans groups across the United States. A VetsAid live stream can be purchased at Veeps website for $19.99, and buyers can watch again for 48 hours after the event begins. Fans who want to support the organization can also make donations at VetsAid website.

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