“Thank you for your service” is not a conversation, but it’s a start. Keep it going. Ask him where he served. Ask her what she did in the military. Listen, learn and, most importantly, ask: “What’s next?”more
Veterans embrace new challenges and set the bar high for themselves when they return to civilian life. They bring valuable leadership skills to the workplace. Whether it is dealing with complexity, strategic planning, or leadership qualities, the training and experience of our veterans makes them fast learners and excellent employees. For employers, the job or opportunity you have available can probably be done very well by a vet, and veterans will make your companies better.more
Veterans don’t want handouts. Donate your time or money to organizations that are challenging and empowering veterans. Do what you can to allow veterans to put their leadership to good use after they leave the military. To learn more visit: http://www.gotyour6.org/concert-for-valor/more
Join the effort: Share what you have learned about and from veterans and their families. Post on social media, introduce For Love of Country to your book club, discuss the issues. We all gain from your willingness to share.more
Understand why we honor and celebrate those who’ve served. Put aside the myths and misconceptions and bridge the civilian-military divide by getting to know vets and the values they bring home to our communities. Read stories of commitment and valor—in war zones and at home—in For Love of Country.more
Most of us haven’t served in the military, but there are plenty of opportunities to serve in other ways. Volunteer where your passions lie, give blood, make your voice heard, vote— and do it in the name of our troops and their families.more
The Concert For Valor is a first-of-its-kind event designed to bring artists, celebrities and millions of Americans together to honor the courage and sacrifice of veterans, active duty service members and their families.
Join us in person, tune in on TV or watch the show live here on TheConcertForValor.com this Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, 2014 as we broadcast our gratitude to America’s soldiers live from the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Download the mapof the official event space, andread the FAQsbelow.
The concert is free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, rain or shine. The National Mall will be open to all starting at 10am ET on November 11.
For more information on local public transportation, please visit: wmata.com/valor
Important note for guests requiring special assistance:
All entrances to the HBO Concert for Valor are accessible. Access points close at 9:00pm.
ADA Shuttle service will be available from RFK Stadium to the venue. ADA parking will be available at RFK stadium Lot 3.
Local emergency information
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For up-to-the-minute updates from the United States Park Police by email, PDA/smartphone, and cell phone, Text VALOR2014 to 888777.
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It's a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America's veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The concert took place live on this Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, 2014.
The Concert for Valor provided a national stage for ensuring that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine. Millions of people, including veterans, active duty service members, their families and Americans from all walks of life watched the free concert in person and on television, with the goal of raising awareness for veterans service organizations dedicated to education, wellness, reemployment and reintegration.
We are asking fans, talent, and supporters alike to take a photo with your hand over your heart (aka the “civilian salute”) in honor of a veteran, veteran cause, military association, etc., using the hashtag #TheConcertForValor.
Fans can show your support by sharing and posting these photos, video, and messages with this hashtag. Your posts may be featured on theconcertforvalor.com or tweeted by @HBO!
The concert featured a broad array of talent from the worlds of music and entertainment.
Live music lineup included The Black Keys, Eminem, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Metallica, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.
The concert also featured onstage hosts Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, and Bob Woodruff, and special tributes by Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.
The concert will be televised on HBO throughout the month of November. Please refer to our programming schedule for exact times and dates. Additionally, you can watch on HBO GO for HBO subscribers.
No. Not at this time.
Selection was made according to a set of criteria including confirmation of nonprofit status; provision of services in key areas including health and wellness, education, employment, and reintegration services; focus on post-9/11 veterans; displaying measurable impact and plans for national scope; embracing innovative solutions; and collaborating with the private and public sectors.
100% of the money raised from this event will be donated to organizations that create positive, lasting change for veterans and their families.
Funding allocations will be based on the size and need of each organization’s programs that address access to health and wellness, education, employment, and reintegration services for post-9/11 veterans and their families. The Onward Veteran advisory committee will make final allocation decision.
The Black Keys are an American rock duo founded by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in Akron, Ohio some...more
The Black Keys are an American rock duo founded by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in Akron, Ohio some 13 years ago. They released their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002, but it was their 2004 albumRubber Factory which boosted their profile and help them build an underground fan base. After a string of self-produced albums, their commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which won them three Grammy awards. They followed that up with El Camino, which earned them further acclaim and won them another three Grammy Awards. Their eighth album Turn Blue, released earlier this year, hit #1 in the US and Australia.
Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records...more
Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released eighteen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by The Recording Academy. Springsteen’s newest album ‘High Hopes’ (Columbia) was released on January 14, 2014.
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format...more
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time GRAMMY® Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 #1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours, in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide. Last year, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood is now in her second season as the musical voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November will return for the seventh consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards, where she is a three-time nominee this year. On December 9, Underwood will release Greatest Hits: Decade #1, her first hits collection, which also features her record-breaking new single, “Something in the Water.”
Dave Grohl's ascension to legendary status as one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international...more
Dave Grohl's ascension to legendary status as one of the most beloved and respected figures on the international music scene goes back to his joining the DC-based punk rock band Scream at the age of 17. Three years and much international touring later, Grohl became drummer for Nirvana, making his recorded debut with them on 1991's generation-defining Nevermind. Following a guest drumming opportunity with Tom Petty, Grohl took center stage, forming Foo Fighters, on whose 1995 self-titled debut he wrote, recorded and sang every note save for one guitar track. Foo Fighters have since grown into arguably the last great American arena/stadium rock band, with 2011's Wasting Light debuting at #1 in the U.S. and 11 other countries while the Foo Fighters catalogue--which also includes The Colour & The Shape (1997), There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999), One By One (2002), In Your Honor (2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)--has raked in 11 Grammy Awards, sold 25 million copies and spawned anthems like Everlong, Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Learn To Fly, All My Life, Best Of You, The Pretender, Walk and more. Prior to the Wasting Light sessions, Grohl returned to the drums for an album and world tour with Them Crooked Vultures, the Grammy-winning supergroup he formed with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme. Among the other artists with whom Grohl has collaborated are Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Elton John, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Tenacious D, in whose 2006 film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, he played the role of Satan.
In 2013, Grohl made his debut as a feature director/producer with the acclaimed documentary SOUND CITY. Premiering to universal acclaim at Sundance, debuting at #1 on the iTunes documentary chart and achieving an uber-rare 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating, SOUND CITY focused both on the history of the legendary Van Nuys, CA studio for which it is named--where such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Fear, Johnny Cash, Rick Springfield, DIO, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer and countless others created classic after classic over the past 40 years--and on the ongoing fight to preserve the human element of music in an increasingly digital world. Hailed by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone as an "exhilarating documentary about what makes life worth living," The New York Times as "candy to several generations' worth of rock fans" and NPR as "a celebrations of just how unbelievably awesome it is to make rock music for a living," SOUND CITY has since been certified as a Gold Longform Video by the RIAA, while its companion album SOUND CITY--REAL TO REEL took home a Best Rock Song Grammy for Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear's "Cut Me Some Slack." Grohl's personal connection to the film's namesake dates back over 20 years, to the 1991 recording of Nirvana's Nevermind, which sold over 30 million copies worldwide, transforming the entire modern musical landscape and forever altering the course of Grohl's life.
Grohl’s newest directorial endeavor is the eight-part HBO docuseries FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS. Each one-hour episode chronicles the writing and recording of a song for Foo Fighters’ eighth album, also titled Sonic Highways, in a different American musical landmark -- Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C.. Described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music, FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS captures the band tapping into the musical heritage and history of each location, and features appearances from local legends who define the musical identity of those cities. For the album and series, Grohl and bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, along with producer Butch Vig, based themselves at a legendary studio integral to the unique history and character of each location. One song was written and recorded in each city, featuring locals legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Grohl waited to write lyrics until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the local personalities, experiences and interviews for the HBO series. “I’ve pulled up the family tree of American music and exposed its roots to find inspiration for the next Foo Fighters record,” says Grohl of the series and the album. “This is a musical map of America… not only the making of our most ambitious album... this is SOUND CITY on steroids."
Over the course of his career, Eminem has sold over 103 million albums and 152 million singles worldwide. He was Nielsen...more
Over the course of his career, Eminem has sold over 103 million albums and 152 million singles worldwide. He was Nielsen SoundScan’s top selling artist of the 2000s with 32.2 million albums sold in that decade in the U.S. alone. In addition, Eminem was also named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the same period, 2000 through 2009. Eminem has won 13 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award. His last album, 2010’s Recovery, was the first album in the US to ever go platinum digitally. His new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was released on November 5, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart selling 792,000 copies in its first week.
A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author...more
A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim. Hudson most recently released her third critically acclaimed album, “JHUD,” which opened in the Billboard Top 10 on September 23, 2014. The album, released by Sony/RCA, features hit tracks such as “Dangerous,” a bass-thumping dance track written and produced by the acclaimed 1985/OVO; heavy hitting, disco-inspired track, “It’s Your World,” which features and was produced by R. Kelly; “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” a ladies anthem featuring rapper Iggy Azaelea; “Walk It Out,” a throwback record produced by and featuring Timbaland that shows Hudson’s Chicago roots; and the Pharrell-produced “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” featuring T.I.. Hudson also included a track produced by UK rising stars Gorgon City. “I Still Love You,” brings the perfect mix of dance and house to an already feel-good album. Hudson returned the favor on Gorgon City’s album, “Sirens,” with “Go All Night,” which was co-written by Kiesza. The track recently released in the UK to massive praise. Meanwhile, Hudson’s album has garnered serious attention in the US and abroad with recognition of a true artist’s fresh take that shows off a new sound, a thoughtful departure and a fearless rendering of work produced by some of today’s most prolific collaborators.
There's nothing typical about her. In person and on stage, she's got a spunky panache, but it's laced with...more
There's nothing typical about her. In person and on stage, she's got a spunky panache, but it's laced with a timeless elegance. Musically, she can just as easily echo Motown soul as well as she can nod to nineties hip-hop. Blessed with an astounding voice and natural knack for a hook, she redefines what's possible within pop as she upholds its traditions. In other words, Jessie J always remains one-of-a-kind. That's why she's quickly become the consummate 21st century superstar and a palpable and powerful pop culture force.
In 2011, the world first took notice of the UK-born singer and songwriter in a very big way. Her full-length debut album, Who You Are [LAVA], heralded the songstress's arrival as a worldwide icon. It debuted Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, and it generated an astounding six Top 10 smashes at radio. "Price Tag" [featuring B.o.B] went platinum stateside and seized #1 in 18 major territories. Then, "Domino", her biggest U.S. hit to date, took flight on the charts. The track went on to achieve double-platinum status and become a ubiquitous anthem around the globe. To date, her album sales exceed 3 million and single sales surpass 20 million and counting.
Along the way, she received the prestigious BRIT Award for "Critic's Choice". It's an honor previously held by the likes of Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, and many more. In addition, the BBC crowned her with the high honor of Sound of 2011. She even received a Grammy Award nomination in 2012. Fans and tastemakers continued to wholeheartedly embrace Jessie J as she acted as the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador.
2014 sees her continue to stand out and set the pace though. In July, the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album arrived with a bang—literally. Jessie J teamed up with rising diva Ariana Grande and rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj for "Bang Bang". It's a blockbuster anthem, combining Jessie J's inimitable delivery, Ariana Grande's massive range, and Nicki Minaj's deft wordplay. As soon as "Bang Bang" dropped, the charts exploded. Immediately, the track captured the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and reached Gold status within weeks of release. It perfectly sets the stage for the October 14th release of her next LP, Sweet Talker, which will also undoubtedly change the game yet again.
Ultimately, there's nobody quite like Jessie J, and that's a very wonderful thing.
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of...more
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's “Metallica” (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which is the best selling album in the history of Soundscan, scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest studio album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. “Death Magnetic” charted at #1 in 32 countries and sold five million copies worldwide. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. The band celebrated its 30th-Anniversary in 2011 with a week's worth of fan club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA. In 2012, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film Metallica Through the Never. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City. Picturehouse released Metallica Through the Never in North America on September 27, 2013. The music-driven, 3D motion picture film immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica's most iconic songs -- created exclusively for film -- combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band's trailblazing iconography. In December 2013, Metallica performed a rare concert in Antarctica where all attendees listened to the performance through headphones to protect the environment. With that show, the band made history by becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents (all within a year), earning themselves a spot in the 60th Anniversary Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Metallica performed “One” with Chinese Pianist and Grammy Ambassador Lang Lang on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th and two days later Metallica Through the Never was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. On November 24, 2014, Metallica will release a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray of their long out of print, groundbreaking movie, METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster.
Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished...more
Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 53 million albums and 200 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She's put out 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 13 number-one singles and won 7 Grammy Awards. With over 5.5 billion views and 19 Vevo certified videos she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 90 million friends. In addition, she's successfully launched five fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for MAC & Viva Glam.
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most...more
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. The band's three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation have sold over seven million copies total and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles. The band performed for over 1.1 million fans in 2014 and just wrapped the 'Great American Road Trip' tour, which included a sold-out, two-night stand at Fenway Park without any support acts -- a feat only accomplished by four other bands (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, The Police and The Rolling Stones) and a performance at Wrigley Field. Zac Brown Band's latest album, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, is out now on Southern Ground and features a 45-minute film by Southern Reel on the making of the album. Their first ever career anthology Greatest Hits So Far… comes out November 10. Zac Brown Band is managed by ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based artist and brand management company.
Take action for those who have stood up and served our nation! Together we can make every day Veterans Day.
Act now by contributing your time, energy, and talents.Six Acts you can do every day
Learn more about the following outstanding veteran service organizations below, highlighted during The Concert for Valor.
Bob Woodruff Foundation helps injured service members, veterans and their families recover from their injuries, gain access to education and employment opportunities, and enjoy a better quality of life....more
Easter Seals Dixon Center provides direct services to veterans and military families through 73 affiliates and 550 service sites across the country while simultaneously working with private and public sector leaders in communities to create better ways for our veterans and military families to succeed in meaningful employment, education and overall wellness...more
Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis...more
Give an Hour provides free mental health care to service members, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, their families and their communities – enabling those who serve and their families to connect with volunteer mental health professionals via an online platform...more
Hire Heroes USA provides job placement services for post-9/11 veterans, offers personal attention and a tailored strategy to each job seeker, and reaches out to a vast group of potential employers...more
Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in the private sector through the Chamber’s extensive national network of companies...more
IAVA Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America helps veterans and their families’ access health care, education, and employment resources. In addition they raise awareness about veterans’ issues, and advocate for supportive policies at the federal and local levels...more
The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions, and has redeployed more than 3200 veterans to volunteer with non-profits in their local communities...more
One Mind fosters research and scientific standards that accelerate the development of improved diagnostics and treatments for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)...more
Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships - building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others...more
Semper Fi Fund and its program America's Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, directing urgently needed resources to post-9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves...more
Soldier On provides veterans with transitional and permanent supportive housing with services such as addiction treatment, mental health care, and life skills counseling using an innovative veteran-to-veteran approach...more
Student Veterans of America helps veterans succeed in post-secondary education and beyond by bolstering veteran student and alumni groups, and supporting scholarships, mentoring, and employment opportunities...more
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams...more
Team Red White and Blue bridges the civilian-military divide by enriching the lives of veterans and connecting them with their communities through physical exercise and social activity...more
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides compassionate care and comprehensive support services to all those who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America...more
“Thank you for your service” is not a conversation, but it’s a start. Keep it going. Ask him where he served. Ask her what she did in the military. Listen, learn and, most importantly, ask: “What’s next?”
Join the effort: Share what you have learned about and from veterans and their families. Post on social media, introduce For Love of Country to your book club, discuss the issues. We all gain from your willingness to share.
Veterans embrace new challenges and set the bar high for themselves when they return to civilian life. They bring valuable leadership skills to the workplace. Whether it is dealing with complexity, strategic planning, or leadership qualities, the training and experience of our veterans makes them fast learners and excellent employees. For employers, the job or opportunity you have available can probably be done very well by a vet, and veterans will make your companies better.
Veterans don’t want handouts. Donate your time or money to organizations that are challenging and empowering veterans. Do what you can to allow veterans to put their leadership to good use after they leave the military. To learn more visit: http://www.gotyour6.org/concert-for-valor/
Understand why we honor and celebrate those who’ve served. Put aside the myths and misconceptions and bridge the civilian-military divide by getting to know vets and the values they bring home to our communities. Read stories of commitment and valor—in war zones and at home—in For Love of Country.http://forloveofcountrybook.com/
Most of us haven’t served in the military, but there are plenty of opportunities to serve in other ways. Volunteer where your passions lie, give blood, make your voice heard, vote— and do it in the name of our troops and their families.