Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters rocked a beyond sold out event in San Francisco to benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Presented by Salesforce during the height of their 2015 Dreamforce convention in San Francisco, Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Gary Clark Jr. played to tens of thousands of people at Pier 70 in San Francisco, with the proceeds going to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. While some may have seen it as nothing more than excuse to party and get away from the convention center, the event raised over 10 million dollars and continued the tradition of philanthropy by Mark Benioff and his Salesforce Foundation.

With each band having their own stage, fans had plenty of options of how to spend their evening. After stopping off at one of the tents for complimentary food, beer, and wine, the still filtering in guests made their way to the West Stage, where Gary Clark Jr. kicked things off with his masterful guitar licks. By the end of his set, a small sea of people had gathered to watch, and it was just a preview of thing to come.

Up next were The Killers, who performed all their hits and got the growing number of fans on their feet and dancing. The band was clearly having a good time while belting out “Mr. Brightside,” “Human,” “Smile Like You Mean it.” The band also did a rousing cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising,” after which singer Brandon Flowere exclaimed “I wish I had written that song.”

The excitement in the air before the Foo Fighters were to take the stage was undeniable. So many people had gathered at the main stage area that security stopped letting people over to the stage, and those who weren’t lucky enough to be over there had to settle on watching the show on the giant monitors set up all over the venue.

As the curtain came down to reveal Dave Grohl in his now famous thrown, the band launched into “All My Fife,” and immediately had the crowd singing, cheering, and partying like they didn’t have to be back at the convention early the next morning. Hardly pausing to catch their breath, the Foo’s delivered the goods as they belted out “Time’s Like These,” “My Hero,” and “Best of You,” just to name a few. Dave was very personable and gracious with his fans, and although some may have thought of this as a corporate event, he told the crowd, “Call it what you call it, but until we leave this stage, this is still a Foo Fighters concert,” and they were “Contractually obligated to rock your balls off until they kick us out.”

While it may have been sponsored by a gigantic company with plenty of money to throw around, the event was much more than just a concert. It was about giving back and proved that at the end of the day Rock and Roll has the power to bring the world together for the sake of helping others. And isn’t that what it’s really about?

National Rock Review sent photographer Raymond Ahner to cover the event.

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About The Author

Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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