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Dave Grohl, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and Sammy Hagar are among the artists who will perform at the 4th annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure show, a Bay Area benefit concert held by Hagar and Metallica’s James Hetfield to raise money for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Grohl will replace Hetfield on this year’s lineup, as Metallica’s WorldWired tour prevents the singer from partaking for the first time in the gig’s history. However, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will also take the stage at San Francisco’s Fillmore on May 15th.
Tickets for the 4th annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert go on sale March 31st at 10 a.m. Pacific time at Live Nation. The concert raises funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Each Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert encourages their participants to rely strictly on acoustic instruments, which in the case of Hetfield, has resulted in some unexpectedly unique moments: In 2014, Hetfield covered the Beatles’ “In My Life” on acoustic guitar, and teamed with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong for Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page.”
The 2015 concert featured Hetfield performing Adele’s “Crazy for You” alongside his then-16-year-old daughter Cali, while surprise guest Adam Sandler played Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” At the 2016 Acoustic-4-A-Cure gig, Hetfield transformed Metallica’s “Motorbreath” into a country-styled rager.