Roger Waters Shares the Stage with Veterans at Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Stand Up For Heroes Benefit
On November 8, a number of notable musicians and comedians gathered at New York’s Beacon Theatre to hold the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert. The evening’s performances included stand-up sets from Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Ricky Gervais, and Mike Birbiglia, as well as musical performances from Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer.
Of particular note, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters led a group of wounded veterans from Walter Reed Medical Center’s Musicorps program. Waters had previously traveled to Walter Reed to meet with the vets and Musicorps director Arthur Bloom, and invited six singers and five guitarists to join him at the planned event in NYC. Co-Led by guitar director Greg Loman (The Funk Ark) and guitarist Zach Zeger, the assembled band of veterans traveled to New York for a week of rehearsals with Waters and his band (including guitarist G.E. Smith). The combined group performed a 3-song set at the benefit, consisting of “Wish You Were Here”, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, and Levon Helm’s “Wide River To Cross” with lead vocal duties handled by Marine LCpl Tim Donely.