Joe Walsh, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and multi-GRAMMY Award winning musician has announced he will extend the streaming of his “The Basement Show,” the 5th annual VetsAid music festival, until January 1, 2022. And for those who want to join him - Joe will also do a “watch along” on December 27th and will be live in the chat room beginning at 5pmPST/8pm EST.
"I'd like to give a big thank you to everyone who has streamed our 5th Annual VetsAid show!” Walsh exclaimed. “With many holiday plans being altered, adjusted or canceled due to the pandemic, many fans have asked us to extend the viewing period so their families can enjoy the show over the holidays so let's keep the party going and raise money for our veterans! From my family to yours, I wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a brighter New Year!"
Currently streaming on Veeps.com, The Basement Show Joe hosted the show from his basement studio and it featured performances by Walsh with special guests including Ringo Starr, a tour of his studio and some of his home guitar collection and a fan submitted Q&A as moderated by his wife Marjorie Walsh and stepson Christian Quilici, who are both VetsAid co-founders.
The stream also included never before seen footage from the first four VetsAid offerings and from a recent visit Joe made to the US Vets Long Beach facility. As VetsAid festivals are typically planned near military bases and last year's pandemic prohibited any in-person meetings, it was important and gratifying for Joe to be able to meet safely with vets of varying generations at US Vets Long Beach Social Hall where participants were able to share their stories of transition out of homelessness, thoughts on the present homelessness crisis across the country and messages of hope. The visit was topped off with a performance and storytelling session about “Life’s Been Good.”
It is fitting that this year’s concert comes from Walsh’s home as Veterans and their wellbeing have always been a family affair for Joe as a Gold Star son himself. His father was a flight instructor for the first US operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while stationed and on active duty on Okinawa when Walsh was 20 months old.
VetsAid 2021: The Basement Show began streaming on December 18, 2021 and will be available to restream through January 1, 2022. It is a ticketed event with livestream passes and merch bundles available now from $15 via vetsaid.veeps.com. vetsaid.veeps.com with all proceeds going to support veterans.