Joe Walsh held his sixth VetsAid concert Sunday night in his former hometown of Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena.
The show was an all-Ohio affair with a roster of those who were either born or raised there including The James Gang, Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys and The Breeders.
The show opened with a video of Walsh talking about his father, a flight instructor in the Air Force, being killed in a plane crash in Okinawa in 1949 when Walsh was two.
“It still hurts. I spent my life wondering what he was like, what my life would have been like… He’s my hero and I’ve kind of based my whole life on: I want him to be proud of me,” Walsh said. “Music is very healing. If people come to a concert, they come home different. Luckily I’m in a position with my music background to do some healing. I guess this is my way of healing myself maybe.”
As for the performances, here are the set lists:
- No Aloha
- Shocker in Gloomtown (Guided by Voices cover)
- Invisible Man
- Wait in the Car
- Drivin’ on 9 (Ed’s Redeeming Qualities cover)
- Divine Hammer
- Walking With a Killer
- Do You Love Me Now?
- Off You
- Gigantic (Pixies cover w/Dave Grohl)
- Stop (Howard Tate cover – first time since 2006)
- You’re Gonna Need Me (Albert King cover – first time since 2006)
- Tend My Garden (first time since 2006)
- Asshtonpark (first time since 2006)
- Walk Away
- Midnight Man (first time since 2006)
- Collage (first time since 2001)
- The Bomber: Closet Queen/ Bolero/ Cast Your Fate to the Wind
- Funk #49 (w/Dave Grohl on drums)
The Black Keys:
- Howlin’ for You
- Tighten Up
- Your Touch
- Gold on the Ceiling
- Next Girl
- Wild Child
- Little Black Submarines
- Lonely Boy
Nine Inch Nails:
- March of the Pigs
- The Lovers
- Less Than
- The Perfect Drug
- The Hand That Feeds
- Head Like a Hole
- In the City
- Turn to Stone
- Life’s Been Good (w/Dave Grohl)
- Rocky Mountain Way (w/Dave Grohl & The Breeders)
While the show was billed as the last performance of The James Gang, Walsh has second thoughts, telling Billboard, “Glenn Frey used to say, ‘Never say never,’ so I’m not. We played the concerts for Taylor Hawkins and it worked really good. We got in front of an audience and we were able to do what we used to do.
“I haven’t played loud on 11 in a long time; I play in a vocal group, so I have small amps. It’s different to turn it up and go for it, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until we started cookin’ with the James Gang. I can’t wait to play again.”
Walsh founded VetsAid in 2017 to raise and disperse funds to veterans’ groups across the country. United States.
Proceeds from this year’s show will benefit Ohio veterans and their families.
Donations can be made at VetsAid.org.