Eagle Bank Arena, Fairfax, VA,USA, September 20, 2017
by Dan Locke
You think it is just another benefit for something that you really don’t care about. But it was not. This benefit really pulls on people hearts strings. Joe Walsh whose dad was in the military (while on active service), decided to do this benefit for the vets and their families. Many time vets have a hard time adjusting back into society.
There’s a lot of the big organizations out there i.e. VA, AMVET, which helps the Veterans, but at the same time there’s a lot of small organization, which no one ever heard about. These organizations help a lot of Veterans, .but they really don’t get any money and are not well funded. So without any help they just disappear. So he wanted to help 12 smaller organizations who don’t get funding like the big guys do. He wants to be able to help veterans in the urban areas and forgotten areas around the nation (for the ones who don’t live in big cities). So he decided to start a thing called Vetsaid, whih is something similar to Farm Aid in order to help the veterans. And like Farm Aid he got a lineup of his friends to help with this event. This year he was able to get Gary Clark Jr., Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band too performed. And like Farm Aid, there will be an finale of all the artist together, which Joe Walsh called it “A Good Guitar Lead Lineup.” The event took place in Fairfax Virginia just outside Washington DC. Being the first one Joe had a press conference which he introduced the players who were performing and talked about what he’s trying to do. Each band played a full set anywhere from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
First you had Gary Clark Jr. Who a lot of the crowd didn’t know who he was, but they became fans after hearing him do the Beatles classic Come together which will be on the soundtrack to the new DC movie “Justice League.”
- Next Door Neighbor Blues
- When My Train Pulls In
- Ain’t Messin ‘Round
- Our Love
- Travis County
- Come Together (The Beatles cover)
- Bright Lights
Zac Brown had his whole concert setup with him and he performed a great version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia. With each song flowing into each other.
- Day for the Dead
- Kashmir (Led Zeppelin cover)
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Charlie Daniels Band cover)
- Day That I Die
- Colder Weather
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
- Chicken Fried
Keith Urban had the girl’s just saying wow.
- Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)
- Good Thing
- For You
- Blue Ain’t Your Color
- Where the Blacktop Ends
- Long Hot Summer
- John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 (with “Jack & Diane” &… more )
- Wasted Time
Joe pulled out all the stops when he was playing. Tammy Duckworth (the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs) introduced him. Tammy told her story how she was shot down in the military , how she later met Joe and how they become great friends , afterwards . He played at one of her fund raisers.
Joe playing was great as always. One of the highlights of the evening happened during the 4th song he had veterans from all services come out as the band did “Take it to the Limit.” I was thinking he also did it as an e dedicated to Glenn Frey also as images of Glenn on the video screen. The second highlight of the night was all so the bands on stage together to perform “Take me Down to the River.” Over all it was a great night of music and a great start to a new beginning for many Veterans.
- Funk #49 (James Gang song)
- Everyday People (Sly & The Family Sone cover)
- The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate to the Wind
- Take It to the Limit (Eagles song)
- Turn to Stone
- In the City
- Life’s Been Good
- Rocky Mountain Way
- Down by the River