LOS ANGELES, Sammy Hagar's seventh annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" concert returned on Saturday, May 15 with a star-studded lineup that delivered unforgettable musical moments and collaborative jams by Sammy Hagar & The Wabos, Train, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin & Dave Amato, and Rick Springfield. Following a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the benefit returned to an intimate outdoor setting at a private estate in Southern California, doubling its annual six figure goal for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, to also benefit MusicCares, the Festival of Children Foundation and Jesse Rees Foundation this year.
Sammy Hagar said, "Acoustic-4-A-Cure #7 last night was so much fun. Everyone gave so much and the small outdoor crowd felt like 20 thousand."
Experience highlights of the night's biggest performances, here: https://youtu.be/FMsi2qpoU60, including a reunited Sammy Hagar & The Wabos performing their 2006 hit "Let Me Take You There," an epic rendition of REO Speedwagon's "Roll with the Changes" with Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato accompanied by Sammy Hagar, Mona Gnader and David Lauser. Additionally, catch a portion of Train's performance of their Grammy award-winning hit "Drops of Jupiter" as it turned into a singalong with the audience; Sammy Hagar, Kevin Cronin, Mona Gnader and David Lauser jamming with Rick Springfield on "Jesse's Girl," and a finale of Pat Monahan, Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato joining Sammy Hagar & The Wabos on their party anthem "Mas Tequila."
Pat Monahan added, "I've been a part of Acoustic-4-A Cure four times now because of Sammy Hagar's great big heart. Here's a man that doesn't need to be out there raising money for anyone yet he continues to do so in the beautiful form of bringing people together and celebrating music! What a great way to spend your time on stage or in the audience. Let's keep it going."
Kevin Cronin, who returned for his second time performing at the benefit said, “Playing live music with friends at Sammy's "Acoustic For A Cure" and raising money for worthy causes like the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and one of my favorite charities, MusicCares, is the definition of a win/win for me."
"We are deeply grateful for the incredible commitment of Acoustic-4-A-Cure, which continues to power on to create hope and progress for kids with cancer. What Sammy and Acoustic-4-A-Cure has achieved is a lesson about vision, creativity and the energy to make it happen. We need these strengths to cure cancer." - Dr. Jean Nakamura
Rick Springfield, who also returned for his second performance at the benefit added, "My dear friend Sammy Hagar is doing such good work raising funds for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, it’s my privilege to help in any way I can with such a worthy cause."
"The generous support from the Acoustic-4-A-Cure program has provided critical support for our pediatric cancer program to improve access to clinical trials for our most vulnerable populations, ensuring equitable care for all.” - Dr. Mignon Loh, Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, UCSF
Now in its seventh year, Acoustic-4-A-Cure quickly became one of the year's hottest concert tickets, with legendary artists performing acoustic sets, epic collaborations and impromptu jams from the stages of intimate and storied venues like The Fillmore in San Francisco. The benefit was created by Bay Area rock legend Sammy Hagar, whose vision was to raise needed funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital by throwing a must-see benefit concert for fans. In past years, artists including Billie Joe Armstrong, Foo Fighters, James Hetfield, John Mayer, Jerry Cantrell, Kevin Cronin, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Monahan, Mick Fleetwood, Tommy Lee, Taj Mahal, Sarah McLachlan, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Linda Perry, Chad Smith, Adam Sandler, Joe Satriani, Bob Weir, Vic Johnson, Nancy Wilson, Don Was, and many more have performed at the now legendary benefit concerts.
About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/
About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center is recognized throughout the world as a leading academic medical center that provides innovative treatments, uses advanced technology, fosters collaboration among clinicians and scientists, and employs a highly compassionate team of doctors, nurses and staff. http://www.ucsfhealth.org/
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Below are images and videos from all of the previous concerts. Fan-posted videos have garnered well over 10+ million views.
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