Joe Walsh Starts Foundation With All-Star Concert

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Following the much-talk-about Eagles concert over the weekend at Dodger Stadium, Joe Walsh announced today (July 17) his first annual concert to support VetsAid, his new non-profit foundation to help veterans and their families. Joining Walsh on the inaugural bill for the September 20 concert at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA, are Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr. and four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban. Additional artists are to be announced soon.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. here. Friends of VetsAid and Walsh’s Fan Club members will have access to a pre-sale starting Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. A LiveNation pre-sale begins Thursday, July 20.

Related: Our recap of the Eagles’ triumphant July 15 performance

The announcement notes: “Veterans and their wellbeing have always been important to Walsh, a Gold Star family member himself. His father was a flight instructor for the first U.S. operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while stationed, and on active duty on Okinawa when Walsh was just 20 months old.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi Grammy Award recipient has been involved with veterans’ related causes for years, supporting various charities, visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and offering free guitar lessons to the wounded veterans there. He has campaigned for his good friend, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee.

“Joe aims to raise funds and awareness for the still urgent and significant needs of our returning soldiers. Through the establishment of VetsAid and its annual benefit concert, he wants to give back to those who have given so much in sacrifice for our country.”

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“War is hell for everyone involved,” Joe Walsh explains. “I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even make a memory of him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We’ve only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq.

“I had to do something and seeing as though rock-and-roll seems to be what I do best,” Walsh continues, “it’s 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 seems to me lately that people are forgetting that. I asked my buddies Zac, Gary and Keith to step up and I’m so grateful that they did. Let’s put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets… and let’s do it every year!”

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