Roger Waters Enlists Tom Morello, Billy Corgan for Benefit Concert
Roger Waters will host this year’s Music Heals benefit concert at Washington D.C.’s DAR-Constitution Hall on October 16th. The event, an annual one-night-only concert to raise money for the charity MusiCorps, will also feature special guests Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello. Tickets for the benefit concert go on sale June 26th at 10 a.m. EST at Live Nation.
MusiCorps is a non-profit organization that supports injured soldiers and their families. The charity also teaches wounded service members how to play instruments to help aid their rehabilitation process. Some of these musicians form the MusiCorps’ Wounded Warrior Band, which Waters has helped mentor over the years. The former Pink Floyd musician has also performed with the veterans at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.
“The work I have done over the last few years with these men and women has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever done,” Waters said in a statement. In December 2012, Waters and the Wounded Warriors Band covered Levon Helm’s “Wide River to Cross” at the Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert in New York. The following year at the event, Waters and the veteran band performed a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
In addition to the Music Heals performance, the former Pink Floyd bassist was also recruited to headline this year’s Newport Folk Festival, marking Waters’ first-ever appearance at the long-running, iconic fest. Waters has already promised that he’ll craft a “very special” set list curated especially for his Newport Folk Festival gig on July 24th.