Instead of Joe Walsh letting the pandemic completely ruin his fourth annual VetsAid concert, he’s going the virtual route this Saturday (December 12th). And, with so many artists forced to sit on the sidelines, virtually all of his invitations to perform were accepted.
“When you have an ask like this it’s awkward. But you call people you kind of know, or you know, or you know somebody who knows them, and you call as many people as you can and hope a few sign on. Well this year everybody said yes and that’s amazing. That’s unheard of. So, you know, it’s kind of like, ‘Now what do I do?’ But we’ve got 30 people that we all know and love, and these are all people who care about the veterans and I hope it’ll show to vets that there are people who care and people that want to help.”
Among the more than 30 acts are Walsh’s Eagles bandmate Vince Gill, Metallica‘s James Hetfield, Jimmy Buffett, Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Steve Van Zandt, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, The Lumineers and Daryl Hall.
All net proceeds from VetsAid go directly to the veterans’ services charities selected through a vetting process coordinated in tandem with the Combined Arms Institute.
“We don’t have a big office. We don’t have a big administration budget. Every penny goes to vets. And they’re smaller organizations like little places all through the Midwest that are Vet run that don’t have budgets, and we keep them funded. That’s what we do.”
VetsAid gets underway on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET at VetsAid.Veeps.com and will be available for re-streaming through Monday (December 14th).