Joe Walsh will reunite with James Gang for a special set featuring Dave Grohl at the Eagles guitarist’s sixth-annual VetsAid on November 13th. The 2022 edition of Walsh’s benefit concert at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena will also feature an Ohio-centric lineup including Nine Inch Nails of Cleveland, The Black Keys from Akron, and Dayton alt-rock luminaries The Breeders.
Billed as “One Last Ride”, the James Gang performance will see Walsh reunite with his bandmates Dale Peters (bass) and Jim Fox (drums) for ostensibly the final time. The group behind such early-’70s hits as “Funk #49” and “Walk Away”—and served as a launchpad for Walsh’s solo career—has not performed together in 15 years. Alongside them will be Warren, OH native Dave Grohl, whose sit-in with Paul McCartney at Glastonbury in June marked his first time performing live since Foo Fighters drummer’s Taylor Hawkins died suddenly in March.
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“It all started in Ohio,” Walsh stated in a press release. “Picking up my first guitar as a kid in Columbus set me on a musical journey to Kent State, Cleveland and then the world. It is a great privilege for me to share the stage once again with my original James Gang buddies and this 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.”
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In addition to the Buckeye State musicians, the show will be hosted for the third consecutive year by Cleveland native Drew Carey. Tickets for VetsAid 2022 go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster. All net proceeds from the event will go directly to veterans’ services charities with ties to Ohio.