Latin Grammys 2018
Rancid, Dead & Co., Raphael Saadiq Added to Band Together California Wildfire Benefit Concert
The all-star Nov. 9 Band Together Bay Area benefit show in response to the deadly Northern California wildfires has added Rancid, Dead & Company and Raphael Saadiq to its line-up. They join previously announced acts Metallica, Dave Matthews and rapper G-Eazy on the roster of the show, meant to help the victims of the most destructive fire disaster in California history.
“For 34 years, Metallica has flown the flag for the Bay Area all over the world," said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement provided to Billboard. "The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have left us all saddened. We’re here to help as much as we can, and this concert on November 9 is one small way we can do that.”
The concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco will be underwritten by sponsors, with 100 percent of ticket sales going to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund. Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment are joining forces to help produce and manage the event. The best seats in the house will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the firestorm.
Band Together Bay Area -- a business coalition including Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce, Google, Twilio, the San Francisco Giants, Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment -- has raised an initial $6.5 million from partners and founding sponsors. The funds raised by Band Together Bay Area will go into an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community and will be directed to the North Bay community foundations, service providers and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires.
The fires have burned an estimated 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties, displacing thousands of residents, killing at least 42. Damage estimates are close to $5 billion and rising, and the cleanup and recovery efforts will be the largest and costliest in California history.
Tickets for the Band Together Bay Area concert will go on public sale Friday at 10 a.m. at bandtogetherbayarea.org and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets range from $49.50 to $199.50 plus fees. Ticketmaster will donate all processing fees to the relief effort.