Emeril's Line, Vine & Dine Fundraiser + Surprise visit by Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown!
February 12, 2017 by sammyhagar
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Each year Emeril and I put together a special experience to raise money for his foundation - we've done dinner in Cabo, in Hawaii and this year it was fishing and lunch on Emeril's boat! This afternoon we spent with the 10 people that bought the package, and what a lunch it was!
An hour into the boat ride we saw this big gorgeous gunmetal gray 86ft Riva with a few beautiful people on it-- I looked closer and noticed it was Kenny Chesney! I screamed at him and he stopped,
backed up, and we had a couple high-fives, a toast, and Emeril handed over to Kenny a big plate of barbecue ribs and a jar of about a half pound of beautiful caviar-- can you believe this shit!? We said goodbye and then Kenny showed up at the event later that night at the Marina Club House, and jumped on stage to sing a really soft version of "Eagles Fly". Vic and I played an acoustic set for over an hour, and Kari joined in for "One Sip", "When The Sun Don't Shine", and "All We Need Is An Island" - it was an unbelievably satisfying and successful event!
Afterwards, Kenny hung out and we polished off a couple bottles of Da' kine, what a night!
Last night Zac Brown hung out with us all night, but had to leave this morning... Dammit, I really wanted to jam with him as well!
What a week I'm having. Heading to Nashville tomorrow to interview Vince Neil at his ranch and Peter Frampton in his studio where we're going to jam and talk about old times.
Thank you everyone for allowing me to have this wonderful life
- Sammy, a.k.a. the luckiest man in the world.