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Metallica Dazzles Dreamfest


September 26, 2018

Photos by Raymond Ahner.

Presented by Marc Benioff and Salesforce, the 9th annual Dreamfest concert took place in San Francisco’s City Hall Plaza recently and raised over ten million dollars, which will be donated in full to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Always the highlight of the Dreamforce conference, the evening included something for just about everyone in attendance.


Before both Janet Jackson and Metallica entertained the thousands who braved the cold, wind and fog, the evening kicked off with a cocktail reception inside of city hall. There the lucky attendees were treated to an open bar and plenty of complimentary dishes, including mini beef wellingtons, a pasta bar, and Asian inspired noodles, to name just a few dishes. During the reception, a patient of the hospitals was given the Colin Powell Medal of Courage award for her bravery while fighting a rare form of cancer.


After the reception, Janet Jackson took the stage at the next door Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and entertained the crowd with some of her biggest hits.


At precisely 8:30 pm Metallica hit the enormous stage that had been built just for them in front of the Asian Art Museum, and for the next hour and a half delivered a best of set that included “Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “One,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”


Once Metallica wrapped up their set, the masses went back inside City Hall for more drinks, a dessert bar, and the DJ stylings of the Bay Area’s own MC Hammer.


It was yet another very successful event for Benioff and Dreamforce, and it could not have been for a better cause.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Metallica by Raymond Ahner:

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Setlist: Hardwired | Creeping Death | Seek & Destroy | For Whom the Bell Tolls | The Unforgiven | Now That We’re Dead | Moth Into Flame | Fade to Black | Sad but True | One | Master of Puppets | | Nothing Else Matters | Enter Sandman

For more information about Metallica, check out their website.


About Author

Raymond Ahner, a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California, is the Photography Editor for SF Sonic. 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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