AT&T Park in San Francisco hosted the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert on Thursday night to raise funds for vicitims of the recent wildfires that enveloped portions of Northern California. Legendary Bay Area acts Metallica, Dead & Company and Rancid were among the groups that performed at the show for which $15 million had been raised before one single note had been played according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The concert was organized by a group of Northern California business leaders including not only Giants President Larry Baer, but competitors Another Planet Entertainment and Live Nation who came together in the name of helping the North Bay community. While most tickets were sold to the general public, a number were reserved for victims of the fires and those who dropped everything to help them. Bay Area sports legends such as Barry Bonds and Joe Montana teamed with politicans, business leaders and first responders to introduce the acts throughout the evening.
Singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Tone! fame opened the evening after an interfaith blessing. Saadiq’s quick set was followed by Berkeley punk band Rancid reeling off such favorites as “Telegraph Avenue,” “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho.” Oakland rapper G-Eazy then gave a performance that was as far a field musical from Rancid as it gets, a theme that would continue throughout the night. Attendees witnessed a diverse mix of music from acts that just wanted to help after feeling so helpless as the fires ravaged entire communities.
Dave Matthews was self-depreciating at times and serious at others throughout his eight-song set with Tim Reynolds. After opening with “Don’t Drink The Water,” Dave told the crowd they would “play a little quiet songs in between all the music” before explaining how honored he was to help. The beginning of the duo’s acoustic set focused on oldies as “Warehouse” and “Satellite” followed “Don’t Drink The Water.” Matthews and Reynolds then went with more recent numbers “You & Me” and “Samurai Cop.” Dave and Tim ended the set with classics in the form of “Bartender,” “The Space Between” and “Grey Street.”
Videos showing the devastation and the response to it were shown ahead of Dead & Company’s first performance since early July. Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Oteil Burbridge, John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti opened with “Playing In The Band” and jammed the Weir gem into a Mayer-sung “Deal.” The improv kept coming as the sextet worked hints of “Scarlet” into the “Deal” jam before finally kicking into “Scarlet Begonias.” Dead & Company paired “Scarlet Begonias” with “Fire On The Mountain,” which was sung by Oteil and included Robert Hunter lyrics that didn’t make the cut for the Grateful Dead’s versions of the tune. The sextet concluded their 70-minute performance with the fitting choices of “Not Fade Away” and a somewhat rusty “Touch Of Grey.”
Metallica headlined Band Together Bay Area and focused on their most well-known material. James Hetfield & Co. delivered a career-spanning, 11-song set that included such beloved songs as “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Fade To Black,” “Sad But True,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets” and “Nothing Else Matters.” The Bay Area-birthed band went with a raucous “Enter Sandman” to close their set and to bring the evening to a close.
Donations can be made through the event’s website.
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