Dave Grohl will appear as the fourth member of the James Gang – with Joe Walsh on vocals and guitar, drummer Jim Fox and bassist Dale Peters – marking the band’s first performance together in over 15 years. The performance, titled “One Last Ride,” was announced early Monday morning as part of Walsh’s annual VetsAid concert.
The show, which takes place on November 13 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will also feature sets from Nine Inch Nails, the Black Keys and the Breeders. All proceeds go directly to veteran charities.
This year’s lineup spotlights Ohio musicians: James Gang and NIN (both promoted in Cleveland); Akron’s the Black Keys, Dayton’s Breeders, and finally – Grohl, who was born in Warren. Comedian and Cleveland native Drew Carey will host the annual event for the third time.
“It all started in Ohio,” Walsh wrote in a statement. “When I picked up my first guitar as a kid in Columbus, I embarked on a musical journey to Kent State, Cleveland and then around the world. Now it’s a great privilege and humbling opportunity for me to be back on stage with my original James Gang buddies and with this absolutely incredible group of Ohio rock legends like Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, the Black Keys, the Breeders and Dave Grohl to share . I believe in Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical legacy while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022.”
Grohl has been slowly re-entering the stage since the tragic death of his bandmate, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins died unexpectedly at the age of 50 during one of the band’s stops in Bogota, Colombia earlier this year.
The Foos and the Hawkins family recently announced two tribute shows to be held on September 3rd in London and September 27th in Los Angeles. These events will include performances by the late drummer’s friends and influences: Brian May and Roger of Queen Taylor, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, Josh Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age, Mark Ronson, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Wolfgang Van Halen, Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney, veteran jazz/rock drummer Omar Hakim, Queen touring member Rufus Taylor and Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal will play at both shows.
Founded by Walsh in 2017, VetsAid aims to raise funds for veterans groups across the country. To date, the organization has raised funds through performances by Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Gary Clark Jr., Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Haim, Sheryl Crow, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Brad Paisley and Jason Isbell.
Tickets for this year’s VetsAid will go on sale August 5 at 10am ET (with prices starting at $59.99).
https://variety.com/2022/music/news/dave-grohl-nine-inch-nails-black-keys-breeders-vetsaid-2022-lineup-1235330841/ Dave Grohl attends the James Gang Reunion for Joe Walsh’s VetsAid 2022