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Joe Walsh bringing VetsAid concert to Columbus

Legendary musician Joe Walsh brings his annual VetsAid concert festival to Columbus for the first time this fall. VetsAid 2022 will feature sets from a newly-reunited James Gang (Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters) for a final performance the band refers to as “One Last Ride.”

Warren, Ohio native Dave Grohl performs too as will Ohio-born bands Nine Inch Nails (Cleveland), The Black Keys (Akron) and The Breeders (Dayton). The event takes place November 13 at Nationwide Arena with tickets on sale Friday August 5.

Although born in Kansas, Columbus and the state of Ohio hold a special place for Walsh.

“It all started in Ohio,” Walsh reflected in a press release announcing the lineup. “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 is a great privilege and humbling opportunity for me to share the stage once again with my original James Gang buddies and with this absolutely incredible group of Ohio rock legends 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 legacy while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022.”

VetsAid hosted its inaugural show in 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.

Net proceeds from the concerts go directly to the veterans’ services charities selected through a vetting process coordinated in tandem with the Combined Arms Institute. VetsAid reports disbursements of $2,000,000 in grants so far.

For 2022, VetsAid plans to disburse grants exclusively to organizations based in Ohio or with operations on the ground in Ohio. 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 US operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while on active duty on Okinawa when Walsh was 20 months old.

Walsh aims to use this platform to raise funds and awareness for the still urgent and significant needs of 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.

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Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring AAA, Columbus-area and Ohio-based musicians, along with additional artists that inspire him.