Metallica’s James Hetfield performed a solo acoustic version of “Turn The Page” at Joe Walsh’s (The Eagles) fourth annual VetsAid charity event, which was a livestream held on Saturday, December 12th. Also appearing were Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Daryl Hall, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Steven Van Zandt, Brandon Flowers, Gwen Stefani, Jason Isbell, Ben Harper, and many more. Watch the video of Hetfield playing “Turn The Page” right now.
Walsh said in the event’s press release: “For the past three years, we’ve held this glorious traveling circus in cities across the country with a day-long rock and roll festival and jobs fair to support our veterans and their families. Typically, we fill up an arena, play for five hours, and raise a bunch of money — nearly $1.5 million to date — to help our veterans get the care and support they deserve. But because of COVID this year, we’re going virtual as so many things are.”
He continued: “Our veterans community already suffers from increased poverty rates, mental health issues, re-entry difficulties and personal crises in the best of times. During this pandemic, they are especially vulnerable. I’m proud of this nationwide tradition we have built and I can’t think of a better way to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country this holiday season than by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs.”
All net proceeds from the 2020 festival are going directly to the veterans’ services charities selected through a vetting process coordinated in tandem with the Combined Arms Institute.