Sammy Hagar knows how to throw a party. He organized a pediatric cancer benefit ‘Acoustic 4 a Cure‘ in San Francisco at The Fillmore Thursday, May 15. Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong lead the star-studded lineup. The proceeds from the show are going to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Hetfield and Armstrong were joined by organizer Sammy Hagar, as well as Train‘s Pat Monahan, guitar legend Joe Satriani, Heart‘s Nancy Wilson and Scott Mathews.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
This was a unique show in that even though there was a photo pit, I was asked to shoot from “front of the house” aka at the soundboard at the very back of the venue. I knew about this limitation a few days beforehand, so I wisely picked up a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and monopod from my local lens rental shop, Keeble and Shuchat. These long soundboard shoots are not my favorite, as they really flatten the image and limit what you can do with composition. But I was glad to shoot even with the limitations at such a special charity event. As an extra bonus, my images were picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle, and I got my first Datebook cover, as well as front page above the fold on the front page itself.