Hosted by cancer survivor and comedian Robert Schimmel, the night Tom Morelloalso included surprise appearances by The Alarm's Mike Peters, himself a two-time cancer survivor,and Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim, in addition to performances by Chris Joyner and Alexa George. Morello used the occasion to debut new band Streetsweeper Social Club, featuring Boots Riley, former frontman for Oakland rap group The Coup, who will tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction this year.
The event - which sold out weeks in advance - raised $9,500 towards continued melanoma research in conjunction with the fund Dannyfund.org. The figure does not include the incredible amount of internet contributions the fund online, which continues to increase.
Federici's son Jason, who performed as part of Jason Heath and The Greedy Souls, remarked, "It was a great night of beautiful rock and roll with great friends for a great cause. I was really touched by everyone who attended, donated and performed." Footage of Jason Heath and The Greedy Souls' heart-tugging performance will be made available on Dannyfund.org, the website for the melanoma research charity founded by Danny and Jason Federici to help raise awareness and find a cure for the disease. The website continues to accept internet donations for the cause. Federici's former bandleader Bruce Springsteen appeared in a Super Bowl TV-spot this year to introduce Dannyfund to the world. Additionally, "A Fighter's Lullaby," an exclusive track by Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls dedicated to Federici, is available for free download from the site.