Joe Walsh recruits Keith Urban for first VetsAid gig

18th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Eagles rocker Joe Walsh has recruited Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., and the Zac Brown Band for his first VetsAid concert.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer created his VetsAid charity to help war veterans and their families, and now he's staging a concert to boost funds.

Walsh, whose father died on active duty in Okinawa, Japan when the guitar great was a baby, and his pals will hit the stage at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia on 20 September (17).

"War is hell for everyone involved," the rock star says in a press release. "I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even make a memory of him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both.

"We've only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq. And in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history continues to drag on with no end in sight and just last month this administration committed to send thousands more of our young men and women into the conflict with no defined goal or strategy.

"I had to do something, and, seeing as though rock 'n' roll seems to be what I do best, it's also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country. We're all in this together as Americans and seems to me lately that people are forgetting that."

He adds, "I asked my buddies Zac, Gary and Keith to step up and I'm so grateful that they did. Let's put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets... and let's do it every year!"

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