Big 95 Music News: Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney

JOE WALSH:  Rocker salutes our veterans

Joe Walsh will headline the November 3rd Vets Rock concert at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. The Eagles guitarist, whose father died while on active duty in Okinawa, Japan when Joe was just 20 months old, has become a strong advocate for veterans and Gold Star families.

Joe Walsh on the death of his father, who served in the Army Air Corps:

"He was a instructor in the Army Air Corps. This was in 1949. And one day, Dad didn't come home. Simple as that. I grew up with anguish and sadness as a kid. So I know how the Gold Star families feel."

Joe Walsh explains how personal experience led him to start and raise money to help Gold Star families:

"There's a lot of Gold Star families out there where Dad didn't come back and the kids are lost. And that's another thing we're trying to do. The benefits aren't such that a Gold Star kid could go to college. So we're going work scholarships for kids that are getting ready to go to school and reach out to them."

The show which will benefit the USO Connecticut (USO), provide services and a good time for veterans will be hosted by Tony Orlando, who's also long been active in the cause. 

On September 20th, Walsh will headline a concert for VetsAid, the charity he founded, at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Proceeds will go to Operation Mend, Hire Heroes USA, Warrior Canine Connection, TAPS, Semper Fi Fund, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Stop Soldier Suicide and Swords to Plowshares. 

The guitarist says, “It’s 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.”

PAUL McCARTNEY:  40 greatest solo hits

Paul McCartney's solo career has now lasted 47 years, more than three times as long as The Beatles'. And that's if you start the clock when Paul met John Lennon at that Liverpool church picnic when they were teenagers.

With all that history under his belt, Rolling Stone thought it time to rank his 40 greatest solo songs. Here's the Top 10:

  1. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  2. "Band on the Run"
  3. "Too Many People"
  4. "Live and Let Die"
  5. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
  6. "Jet"
  7. "Junk" 
  8. "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  9. "Another Day"
  10. "Venus and Mars"/"Rock Show"

Some other familiar titles down the list: 

  • 15. "Silly Love Songs"
  • 17. "Junior's Farm"
  • 18. "Coming Up"
  • 19. "With a Little Luck"
  • 23. "Listen to What the Man Said"
  • 28. "Goodnight Tonight"
  • 31. "Say Say Say"

Here's Rolling Stone's rationale for the Top 3:

1. "Maybe I'm Amazed" "The definite highlight of [his first solo album] McCartney, released several weeks before The Beatles' Let It Be movie in 1970, but strangely... never released as a single, despite significant radio airplay. A live version, however, made the Top 10 in 1977 via his new band's Wings Over America set. For all the peaks he'd hit in the years and decades that followed, this early triumph remains McCartney's solo-era signature -- an understated but perfect beginning to a truly remarkable second act."

2. "Band on the Run""If anyone still wondered whether McCartney could really cut it solo, 'Band on the Run' settled the question once and for all. It's an audaciously daft multi-part suite about a rock and roll prison break, with hints of escaping his Beatles past."

3. "Too Many People" "[Paul's] frustration spilled out in this startlingly biting track, recorded in New York." The lyrics, "That was your first mistake/You took your lucky break and broke it in two," are a direct swipe at John Lennon and the breakup of The Beatles.  

(Rolling Stone magazine)

PAUL SIMON, WILLIE NELSON:  Set to headline Texas benefit

Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and James Taylor will headline a concert for Texas hurricane relief.

Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place September 22nd at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. An hour of the show will air live on 11 Texas TV stations and stream at You'll be able to make donations over the phone or at, and Google will match the first $500,000 of donations during the broadcast.

Other acts on the bill include Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, with Asleep at the Wheel serving as the night's house band.  Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger and Luke Wilson are among the hosts.


Elton John checked an item off his bucket list Saturday when he performed inside the Colosseum in Rome for the Celebrity Fight Night benefit for the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Foundation.

Patti LaBelle, still vibrant and active at 73, discusses her current interest in recording jazz and senior health issues (she’s a type 2 diabetic) on a Pfizer-sponsored webcast posted on Facebook.

Bryan Adams, on tour this week in Texas, urges his fans to “support Best Friends Animal Society and the great work they're doing rescuing dogs and cats in the Houston area” following Hurricane Harvey.

A report out of England says The Rolling Stones may headline a new festival next year in Knebworth. The festival is being put together by AEG, which is promoting the Stones’ No Filter European tour. The Stones make a stop in Spielberg, Austria on Saturday.

Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" is the soundtrack for a new ad for JP Morgan Chase brokerage.

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