Acoustic-4-A-Cure Rocks the Fillmore for Pediatric Cancer

San Francisco’s Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert has earned a must-see reputation in its short three-year history because of its stellar lineups. It also raises $100,000 annually to support pediatric cancer research and family services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

Co-produced by Bay Area rock legends Sammy Hagar (pictured above, center) and James Hetfield, this year’s event took place May 15 at The Fillmore.

“We’re very grateful for Sammy’s vision in creating Acoustic-4-A-Cure,” said Jean Nakamura (pictured above, right), radiation oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, whose pediatric cancer research receives proceeds from the concert. “This support for childhood cancer research accelerates needed discoveries to improve outcomes for pediatric cancers,” she said. “Sammy and his fellow artists put on an amazing show.”

This year’s performers included singer/songwriters John Mayer and Melissa Etheridge, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Train lead vocalist Pat Monahan, and guitarist Joe Satriani. Kris Kristofferson joined Hagar to close the show with “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kristofferson’s composition made famous by Janis Joplin.

Hagar, who owns a restaurant in Mill Valley, is a longtime supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation. He told the San Francisco Chronicle that he puts on the show in part because it gives fans a chance to experience something special.

“They get to see these people like they’ve never seen them,” Hagar said. “Who gets to see James Hetfield on an acoustic guitar singing ‘In My Life’ by the Beatles? I’m just going, whoa, this is worth a hundred bucks right here!”

Previous concerts have featured actor Adam Sandler performing Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On” with Monahan, Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith; Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day); Nancy Wilson (Heart); Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains); and Dave Matthews. Last year, Hetfield’s daughter Cali wowed the crowd singing Adele’s “Crazy for You,” accompanied by her father on guitar.

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