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Acoustic 4 A Cure Unites Music and Charity at The Fillmore

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Acoustic 4 A Cure
Fillmore Auditorium
May 15, 2018

Photos by Raymond Ahner. 

The fifth annual Acoustic 4 A Cure benefit show took place at the Fillmore recently and proved once again to be nothing short of a great concert for an even better cause.

Acoustic 4 a Cure

Created by Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield as a way to put on a must-see event while donating the proceeds to the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the event has become one of the most celebrated concerts of the year, not to mention one of the hottest tickets. Unfortunately, Hetfield was not able to attend this year’s concert, but several stepped up to take his place, including Eddie Money, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Kevin Cronin of Reo Speedwagon, and the legendary Taj Mahal.

Acoustic 4 a Cure

After kicking off the evening with a short set of his own, Sammy Hagar was joined by Weir and Cronin for a couple of songs, including “Friend of the Devil.” It was then Eddie Money’s turn to take the stage, and he did not disappoint the fans by playing a couple of his FM radio classics, “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.”

Acoustic 4 a Cure

Sammy returned to the stage a short time later, this time joined by guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony, and  Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, and together the four of them put on a brief set of Chickenfoot songs, playing together for the first time in just over two years.

Acoustic 4 a Cure

Although the Red Rocker said the four really didn’t have time to rehearse together, they clearly seemed to be enjoying themselves, as they ran through a handful of songs which turned out to be the highlight of the evening.

Acoustic 4 a Cure

The show was not over yet though, as all the performers from the evening came back out to sing a 75th happy birthday to Taj Mahal, complete with a birthday cake delivered by none other than celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Everyone then joined Taj to sing “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay,” wrapping up a great evening for an even better cause.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Acoustic 4 A Cure by Raymond Ahner:

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Find out more about UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital here.

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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