Joe Walsh VetsAid Concert: Starr-Studded Lineup

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Joe Walsh (Photo: Myram Santos; used with permission)

In July, Joe Walsh announced details for his second annual VetsAid concert, to be held on November 11 in Tacoma, Wash., in support of his 501(c)3 non-profit veterans organization. On October 1, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi-Grammy Award-winning musician added his brother-in-law, Ringo Starr, to the lineup that also includes Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Haim, each of whom will play full sets, as will Walsh. The event will take place, fittingly, on Veterans Day, at 6 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.

Tickets, priced at $155, $95, $45 and $25, are available here. Military discounts are available to all active and retired military personnel and their families by showing identification at the Tacoma Dome Box Office.

Launched on Sept. 20, 2017, with an inaugural concert at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Va. featuring performances by Walsh, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr., the first VetsAid concert disbursed nearly $400,000 in grants to veterans’ services organizations nationally and locally.

Veterans and their well-being have always been important to Walsh, a Gold Star son himself. His father was a flight instructor for the first US operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while stationed and on active duty on Okinawa when Walsh was 20 months old.

From the announcement: “Walsh 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 also campaigned for his good friend, Iraq war veteran and (now) Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.

Walsh with Ringo and friend

“Walsh aims to use this platform to raise funds and awareness for the still urgent and significant needs of our returning soldiers and their families. Through the establishment of VetsAid and this annual benefit concert, he aims to give back to those who have given so much in sacrifice for this country. Grants will be awarded to national veterans services organizations, both large and small, through a vetting process coordinated in tandem with the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations (NAVSO).”

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The classic rock star said: “This Veterans Day I invite you to join me and my friends to remember the men and women who have served our country and honor their sacrifice by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs. I invite us to come together and celebrate the things that unite us as Americans… like great music!”

Watch Walsh perform a favorite at VetsAid 2017

Walsh finishes a U.S. tour with the Eagles on Oct 20. (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and StubHub.) The band has announced a 2019 world tour with European dates beginning in May.


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  1. craigers37
    #1 craigers37 5 October, 2018, 00:26


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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 5 October, 2018, 08:36

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention. It worked when the concert was originally announced. We’ve subbed-in a different clip.

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