Walsh, Crosby headline Kent legacy concert

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l Joe Walsh and David Crosby will headline a concert as part of the 50th anniversary weekend remembering the 1970 shootings at Kent State.

Walsh was a student at Kent State when the shooting occurred. Crosby has played Kent many times over the years and performed at the 1997 May 4 commemoration with his former bandmates Steven Stills and Graham Nash. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded the song “Ohio,” written by Neil Young, about Kent State and released a month after the shootings.

Walsh will be reuniting Barnstorm, his first post-James Gang project, for the concert, performing with drummer Joe Vitale and bassist Kenny Passarelli. Crosby will perform with his band.

Additional acts will be announced for the 7 p.m. May 2 concert at Kent’s Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

According to the press release, proceeds from this event will help support the newly created May 4th Legacy Scholarships, which will provide four endowed scholarships to be given to students majoring in Kent’s peace and conflict studies program. Each scholarship will bear the name of one of the students killed — Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder — to serve as a lasting testament to their lives and presence at Kent State.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 6. For more information, go to www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50

l I wonder whether Walsh will be doing double duty. The same night as the Kent concert, the Eagles’ longtime manager, Irving Azoff, will be among the 2020 inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be less than an hour away at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland, so it’s possible Walsh could make an appearance at both if Azoff is one of the first or one of the last honorees.

Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex will be inducted along with Bruce Springsteen’s longtime manager, Jon Landau, as the other nonperformer.

Frankly, it’s too bad the induction ceremony and the concert fall on the same night. If the Kent event was the day before or the day after, it might have been able to draw some of the other artists coming to northeast Ohio for the Rock Hall event and help raise even more money for the scholarships.

Tickets for the induction ceremony at 8 p.m. May 2 go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 27 through Ticketmaster (Rock Hall members get their first shot at tickets on Tuesday). Tickets will sell out in minutes, so good luck. And for those who are shut out, the ceremony will be broadcast live for the first time ever on HBO.

l Foo Fighters, led by Warren native Dave Grohl, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a tour playing arenas in many of the cities that the band played on its first tour in 1995. The tour includes shows on May 18 at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and May 14 at Cincinnati’s Heritage Bank Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Even more intriguing than the shows that were announced is what was teased in the press release — “The Foo Fighters’ 2020 Van Tour will (be) hitting a number of the same spots that Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear trailblazed in a Dodge van all those years ago — in arenas this time, because aside from many of those clubs on that 1995 trek having since ceased to exist, squeezing a 2020 FF show into the few that are still around would just be too insane … or would it? Stay tuned for the answer to that question. Or answers …”

The Ohio venues the Foos played in 1995 — the Agora in Cleveland and Bogart’s in Cincinnati — still exist. There are three days off between the two shows. A show at one or both of those venues certainly seems like a possibility, considering what the press release says, although if it happens, I expect it will be announced only a few days (or even a few hours) in advance.

I would recommend following the band’s social media accounts for any surprise concert announcements.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor for Ticket. Write to him at agray @tribtoday.com


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