Longtime MusiCorps supporter Roger Waters will serve as host of this year's Music Heals benefit concert. Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello will also perform at the annual one-night event, Oct. 16 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
Nonprofit organization MusiCorps aids injured service members and their families, and offers a conservatory-level program that teaches veterans how to play instruments as an integral part of their rehabilitation.
Waters for years has been mentoring the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, composed of service members who have learned, and in some cases relearned, how to play. "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," says the former Pink Floyd bassist.
Waters and the band covered Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at the 2013 Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York; the prior year he joined them at the same event to perform Levon Helm's "Wide River To Cross."
Waters is set to headline the Newport Folk Festival, his first-ever appearance at the Rhode Island fest, on July 24. Other confirmed acts include Courtney Barnett, the Decemberists, Iron & Wine, J Mascis and Sufjan Stevens.
Tickets for Music Heals go on sale Friday, June 26, via LiveNation.