A few weeks ago, at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London, the James Gang reunited for the first time since 2006. Next November, the band will play together one last time, at the 6th annual VetsAid festival in the Ohio. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the event will be broadcast live around the world.
Founded in 2017 by singer, guitarist and sometimes Eagle Joe Walsh of James Gang, VetsAid is an annual benefit concert that raises money for veteran charities. In addition to Walsh’s pre-Eagles outfit reunion, VetsAid 2022 will feature Foo Fighters Dave Grohl in a rare solo set, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys and The Breeders. For the third time, the show will be hosted by Cleveland native, comedian and game show host Drew Carey.
VetsAid will air live at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The organizers have again partnered with live streaming service Veeps to facilitate live streaming, as they have done for the past two editions of the online festival; however, this will be the first live concert streaming offering. The livestream will be available for replay for 48 hours after the live performance.
Veterans and their welfare have always been important to Walsh, a Gold Star son himself. His father was a flight instructor for America’s first operational jet aircraft and died while stationed and on active duty in Okinawa when Walsh was just 20 months old. The musician now aims to use the VetsAid platform to raise funds and awareness for the still urgent and important needs of our returning soldiers and their families. The James Gang reunion for this year’s iteration had a strong impact.
“The arena show sold out so fast, we just had to find a way to share the reunion of the James Gang and that historic night of Ohio rock and roll with more fans across the country. America and the world,” Walsh said in a statement.
Livestream passes are priced at $19.99 and can be purchased at vetsaid.veeps.com. Limited edition merchandise packs are also available on the site. All net proceeds will go directly to veterans service groups with ties to Ohio. Fans participating in the livestream can also donate directly to VetsAid from their screens during the broadcast and one lucky donor will be selected to receive a guitar signed by all of the performers.
As every year, all net proceeds from the concert will go directly to veterans service charities selected through a coordinated vetting process in conjunction with the Combined Arms Institute. To date, VetsAid has disbursed $2,000,000 in grants.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s a singer-songwriter’s box set where he’s done all the heavy lifting.
PAUL MCCARTNEY: “MCCARTNEY I II III” BOX
Perhaps the most important moments of Paul McCartney’s solo career are when he went completely alone. Now his three career-spanning self-titled solo albums – 1970s “McCartney”, 1980s “McCartney II” and 2020s “McCartney III” – have been bundled together and are now available in a special box set for the first time. .
After 50 years of unparalleled work, each album demonstrates McCartney’s relentless creativity and adventurous artistic spirit. “McCartney” was his first solo effort and featured “Every Night” and “Junk”, as well as the classic “Maybe I’m Amazed”. The 1970 record went to No. 1, unique in that it saw a global music superstar pioneer a new, artisanal approach to recording that would eventually become a sought-after sound and a highly influential precursor to the alternative “lo” genre. -fi”.
Just as “McCartney” marked the end of an era with Paul’s first release after leaving the Beatles, Macca did it again in 1980, this time marking the end of ’70s rock giants Wings. Taking a fresh approach to things, he wrote, performed and produced the avant-garde masterpiece “McCartney II”, which reached the top of the charts in the UK and No. 3 in the US. , producing hits such as “Coming Up”, “Waterfalls” and “Temporary Secretary”.
In 2020, “McCartney III” saw Paul go back to basics to create some of his most revealing work to date. Released at the height of the pandemic, it saw McCartney turn the unexpected time he had on his hands into an opportunity to enter the studio on his own, resulting in an intimate and loose record with “Find My Way” and the Now-live favorite “Women and Wives,” like its thematic predecessor, “McCartney III,” went to No. 1 in the UK and No. 3 in the US.
The “McCartney I II III” box set is available in three different formats. It is available in limited edition colored vinyl, standard black vinyl, and compact disc. Both vinyls are on audiophile 180 grams. Each includes three special photo prints with McCartney’s liner notes on each album. Newly created box art and typography for the slipcase are by pop artist Ed Ruscha.
Look for the “McCartney I II III” box online and at any respectable retailer that sells vinyl.
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