On Sunday evening (November thirteenth), Joe Walsh introduced his annual charity occasion VetsAid to Columbus, Ohio. With the assistance of a lineup made up solely of acts with connections to the buckeye state, a sold-out Nationwide Area (and 1000’s extra through livestream) got here collectively to assist American veterans by way of the ability of rock and roll. Because the evening progressed, there was one phrase Walsh repeatedly used to explain VetsAid 2022: “This can by no means occur once more.”
Perhaps it’s a little bit hyperbolic, however hey, the man is an authorized rock star, hyperbole has been working for him for half a century. And, actually, the exaggerated sentimentality was justified. The very premise of the VetsAid arises from the cult of rock music. It’s one thing straight out of a Wayne’s World film, because it pursues change, therapeutic, and a few unknown sense of chic by way of one, large, earth-shaking rock present.
However, rattling it if Walsh didn’t come as shut as humanly attainable to reaching such an audacious purpose, particularly inside the context of recent America. The Breeders, The Black Keys, 9 Inch Nails, a recently-reunited James Gang, and particular visitor Dave Grohl joined forces to ship a really particular evening of music, all whereas elevating funds for Ohio-based veteran organizations.
The present kicked off at 6:00 pm sharp, with Walsh’s son filling in for well-known Clevelander Drew Carey, who needed to step down from his internet hosting duties as a result of COVID-19. After the preliminary introduction, he wasted no time reminding the viewers of the standing of the performers, even joking that that they had a roulette wheel within the inexperienced room to find out the order of the units.
From there, The Breeders took the stage. The Dayton natives appeared genuinely excited to be there, laughing between songs and dropping Ohio references at an nearly alarming charge, even masking “Shocker in Gloomtown” by fellow Daytonians Guided By Voices. The set was an lively, downright enjoyable begin to the evening, capped off with Grohl’s first look. After a stellar rendition of “Cannonball,” Grohl joined the band on stage for “Gigantic,” a tune from singer Kim Deal’s days within the Pixies.
Subsequent, considerably shockingly, got here the Walsh-fronted James Gang. Maybe fueled by the palpable shock within the room that James Gang was performing so early within the evening (possibly the roulette wheel wasn’t a joke in spite of everything), the joy within the enviornment was even additional elevated because the group launched into their first full set since 2006. As soon as once more, Grohl jumped on stage to assist shut out the efficiency, this time taking to the drums to bang out “Funk #49.”