Joe Walsh 2023 VetsAid With Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Stephen Stills to Livestream

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Joe Walsh has announced that his 2023 VetsAid, featuring full sets from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, The War on Drugs, The Flaming Lips, Lucius and Walsh himself, with a special guest appearance by Stephen Stills, will livestream. The festival’s seventh annual offering—and the first to be held outdoors—will take place at 5 p.m. PT on November 12, at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre near San Diego, CA. The livestream is available via at 8 p.m. ET. (The event is live only; there will be no rewatch period.) Tickets to attend the actual concert are available at Ticketmaster.

Related: Our recap of Jeff Lynne’s ELO performance

Jeff Lynne performing at the 2023 VetsAid concert in San Diego, Nov. 12, 2023

“VetsAid is back for 2023 and we’re taking it outside in beautiful San Diego to support California’s veteran population.” Walsh said in the August 14 announcement of his national 501(c)3 non-profit veterans organization. “My good buddy Jeff is bringing the ELO experience for their first show since 2019. The War on Drugs is one of my favorite bands out there doing it and I’m thrilled to be able to welcome them. The Flaming Lips are a perpetual joy machine that will dazzle our audience; if you know, you know and if you don’t – you will! Lucius are two spectacular vocal artists and songwriters that will take your breath away. And to top it all off we have my dear friend and hero Stephen Stills joining as a special guest.” Walsh was a guest performer at the 2023 edition of Stills’ “Light Up the Blues” benefit concert.

Watch Stills and Walsh perform “Rocky Mountain Way at Stills’ 2023 benefit

Related: Our recap of Walsh’s headlining performance at VetsAid 2023, with special guest Stills

VetsAid hosted its inaugural show on September 20, 2017 with a concert at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA featuring performances by Walsh, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr. In 2018, VetsAid traveled to Tacoma, WA with a sell-out event featuring Walsh, Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Haim and special guest Ringo Starr. In 2019, Houston, TX welcomed VetsAid for a blockbuster show with Walsh, ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley. The pandemic moved the festival online in 2020 and 2021 with intimate performances from Eddie Vedder, James Hetfield, Gwen Stefani and nearly 40 other artists from across the United States as well as the debut of new music from Walsh in his studio available via livestream. VetsAid 2022 was an instant sell-out all-Ohio affair with sets from a newly reunited James Gang, NIN, The Black Keys and The Breeders with special guest Dave Grohl in Joe’s hometown of Columbus, OH. VetsAid is committed to curating an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime festival lineup in a different American city each year with a large veteran and military population.

As every year, all net proceeds from the concert will go directly to the veterans’ services charities selected through a vetting process coordinated in tandem with the Combined Arms Institute. To date, VetsAid has disbursed $3,000,000 in grants. In 2023, VetsAid plans to disburse grants exclusively to organizations based in Southern California or with operations on the ground in Southern California; grant applications are open now via the VetsAid website.

Veterans and their wellbeing have always been important to Walsh, a Gold Star son 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 20 months old.

Related: Our interview with Walsh on paying it back for veterans

Walsh’s 2023 VetsAid concert will take place during Eagles’ final tour. Tickets to see the group’s farewell are available here. Jeff Lynne’s ELO hasn’t toured since 2019. [Our recap of opening night of that tour.]

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