Grohl, NIN + James Gang’s ‘Last Ride’ Lead 2022 VetsAid Benefit
If indeed the James Gang is willing to”move away‘, so it’s one hell of a ‘last ride’ to get out. Singer Joe Walsh reunites his ’70s band for the sixth annual VetsAid, an annual benefit to raise money for veterans’ charities And the reunion isn’t the only highlight, with Dave Grohl, Walsh’s Ohio colleagues, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys and the Breeders also playing.
The concert is set to take place on Sunday, November 13 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with the James Gang’s smartly billed “One Last Ride” reunion performance highlighting the evening. The line-up which also includes Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters began their career with the 1970s James Gang rides again album, and the performance is billed as their final performance.
The evening will also feature a solo set from Dave Grohl, with the Foo Fighters frontman returning to the stage for a rare solo concert. Grohl recently joined Paul McCartney on stage marking his first concert appearance since the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins earlier this year. Grohl will reunite with 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 of the other acts in Bill also have ties to Ohio, starting with Joe Walsh who attended Kent State University and began his musical career with acts in the state. of Buckeye. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has Cleveland ties, while The Black Keys duo of 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. “When I was a kid, I learned my first guitar in Columbus, which launched me on a musical journey through Kent, to Cleveland, and then around the world.”
He added, “It’s a great privilege for me to once again share the stage with my original James Gang buddies and this incredible band of rock legends from Ohio like Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, The Breeders and Dave Grohl. I believe in Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical heritage while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022.”
Walsh played a pivotal role in the evolution of VetsAid gigs. He previously commented, “War is hell for everyone involved. I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even remember him. I’ve stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or who came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both. We are only just beginning to measure the long-term impacts on our troops repatriated from Iraq and Afghanistan. I had to do something and since rock and roll seems to be what I do best, it’s also the least I can 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 people are forgetting that. So I decided to put on a show, raise funds, bring people together and celebrate our veterans…and let’s do it every year,” the singer added.