Rock legend Joe Walsh to host VetsAid in Columbus this November

Billed under the umbrella of 'Joe Walsh and Friends,' the concert is set to take place on Nov. 11, according to a recent Facebook post

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Joe Walsh plays with the Eagles at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh just announced that he would be staging VetsAid, a benefit concert for U.S. veterans now in its fifth year, in Columbus this fall.

While current details are scarce, the event, billed under the umbrella of "Joe Walsh and Friends," will take place on November 11, according to a post the rock legend published to Facebook on Thursday.

"My parents bought me a $30 Silvertone acoustic guitar from Sears Roebuck when I was a 10 year old growing up in Columbus, Ohio," wrote Walsh, who was born in Wichita, Kansas, but spent much of his childhood in Columbus before moving with his family to New York City at age 12. "Nearly 64 years later, I’m finally coming home and I’m bringing some friends."

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Walsh hosted VetsAid 2020 as a live streaming event, featuring appearances from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper, Ryan Bingham and Metallica singer James Hetfield, among dozens of others. The concert raised $250,000, with the proceeds distributed in the form of grants focused on supporting minority groups and causes nationwide, including LGBTQ discharged veterans, Black vet assistance, deported vets, a Native American reservation veterans center and a women veterans program. 

The 2019 concert, which took place in Houston, Texas, included performances from ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.

Expect more details, including ticket information and a full lineup of performers, to land in the coming weeks and months. "Stay tuned for more info about VetsAid 2021, Columbus!" Walsh wrote.