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Joe Walsh's VetsAid festival graces Tacoma

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Friday, July 27, tickets went on sale for what promises to be the biggest concert event in Tacoma this year. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh, the legendary Eagle, solo artist and five-time Grammy winner, presents a sterling line-up of American rock and country artists for VetsAid 2018. That show hits Tacoma Dome on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Proceeds benefit military veterans across the nation, with grant allocations suggested in part by the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations.

Walsh's 501(c)3 nonprofit VetsAid made its grand debut in Fairfax, Virginia, in September 2017 with a concert that raised almost $400,000 for veterans' service organizations. Walsh himself is the Gold Star son of Lt. Robert Newton Fidler, a flight instructor for the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. Fidler died in Okinawa when Walsh was less than 2 years old. These days, Walsh, who took his stepfather's last name but kept Fidler for his middle name, honors Fidler by raising money for veterans' charities and giving free guitar lessons to wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

"I invite you to join me and my friends," says Walsh in a VetsAid press release, "to remember the men and women who have served our country and honor their sacrifice by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs." Friends performing at VetsAid 2018 include chart-topping acts HAIM ("Days Are Gone"), Don Henley, Chris Stapleton ("Broken Halos") and James Taylor. Walsh, of course, will also perform, and adds, "I invite us to come together and celebrate the things that unite us as Americans ... like great music."

Guitarist and Guitar World rank Walsh's solo in "Hotel California" as among the greatest in rock-radio history. His riff forms the core of The Eagles' equally ubiquitous "Life in the Fast Lane," and solo hit "Life's Been Good" peaked at #12 on the Billboard chart. Former Eagle Don Henley has released seven solo albums including the six-time-platinum-selling The End of the Innocence. Taylor's career spans a half-century, with "You've Got a Friend" hitting #1 on pop and adult-contemporary charts.

Military discounts are available for all active and retired military personnel and their families by showing identification at Tacoma Dome's Heritage Bank Box Office.

VetsAid 2018, 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, $25-$155, 800.745.3000,

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