Tonight, Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield team up again for the third annual edition of their Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert, which takes place at San Francisco’s Fillmore. Among the musicians who will join the Red Rocker and the Metallica frontman at the fundraiser are Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Hagar’s Chickenfoot band mate, virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani.
Other artists on the 2016 bill include Train singer Pat Monahan, John Mayer and Melissa Etheridge. As always, proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Each year, the Acoustic-4-a-Cure show features artists teaming up for unplugged one-off duets and cover tunes. For example, last year’s show featured Adam Sandler singing Aerosmith‘s “Dream On” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Ramble On” with Satriani, Monahan and Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith.
Hagar recently spoke with SFGate.com about what he likes about doing the Acoustic-4-a-Cure concert.
“If you write a check, it’s fine, but you don’t feel anything. I prefer to donate my time,” he explained. “You go there, and you play music, and your fans pay to see you. You take the money, and you give it to this thing. There’s no silent auction. We’re not going to show you pictures of babies dying. We’re not going to have doctors up there giving you these big long speeches that bum you out. It’s a…concert. Just come and enjoy the show.”
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