How does legendary (red) rocker Sammy Hagar recruit all-star musicians for his annual benefit concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco? "The first thing I do is go to people who owe me," the former Van Halen frontman tells Billboard of his Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, set for May 15.
"Last year, I flew up from Cabo to play an event with Dave Grohl to support local schools and just told him ‘Ok, I’ll do this but you need to keep May 15 open for me,'" Hagar explains. "Same thing with Mick Fleetwood. I played his restaurant in Maui for charity. I’m not trying to force anyone to play -- they’re just returning the favor."
The three will be joined this year by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, guitarist Vic Johnson, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir for an all-star acoustic jam session to raise $100,000 for pediatric cancer research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Hagar created the event three years ago with Metallica's James Hetfield after meeting Dr. Jean Nakamura, a physician and leading scientist searching for a cure to pediatric brain cancer.