Life's been good to Joe Walsh so far. Unfortunately, it hasn't always been as good for the veteran men and women who have served this country. So, Walsh continues to do something about that with VetsAid, which will have its third-annual benefit concert this November in Houston.
For this year's show, happening on Sunday, November 10 (on the eve of Veterans Day), at Toyota Center, Walsh will be joined by ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. “It’s about time we brought VetsAid down to Texas and who better to share the stage with than my old buddies and Houston’s own ZZ Top!" Walsh said in a statement. “With Brad, Sheryl, Jason, and more special guests to be announced joining us too, this will be yet another historic night of incredible music for our vets.”
Since 2017, the legendary guitarist (not to be confused with this guy) for such iconic rock bands as The Eagles and James Gang has been staging benefit shows for his national 501(c)3 nonprofit veterans organization. The inaugural show took place in Fairfax, Virginia, and featured performances by Walsh, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, and Gary Clark Jr.
The year after that, Walsh (who was joined by special guest Ringo Starr); James Taylor; Chris Stapleton; Haim; and Walsh's old Eagles cohort, Don Henley, performed in Tacoma, Washington. In the first two years, VetsAid has disbursed nearly $1.2 million in grants to veterans’ services organizations on the regional and national level, with a focus on the festival’s host city.
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 National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations (NAVSO). This year, VetsAid plans to disburse grants to Houston-area organizations; small grant applications have been open since May via the VetsAid website.
Veterans and their well-being have always been important to Walsh, a Gold Star son whose 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.
Today, Walsh is a staunch supporter of veterans’ causes, even offering free guitar lessons to the wounded vets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has also campaigned for his good friend, (now) U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee.
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. “This is a night where all are welcome to celebrate the things that unite us as Americans: good friends, open hearts, and great music,” he said.