Zac Brown Band to Play Special Benefit Show for ALS in Nashville

Zac Brown Band are set to headline an ALS benefit show at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday, September 22. The event hits close to home for the band, as guitarist John Driskell Hopkins announced that he had been diagnosed with illness in May.

“Playing in Nashville, our home away from home, is always something special. This one in particular is meaningful because we’re raising awareness and funds for one of our own through @hoponacure,” the band wrote on Instagram. .

“We see all the love and support @johndriskellhopkins has received so far, so we’re going to tear the house down and show people a good thank you moment. Zamily presale starts tomorrow, tickets go on sale Friday @ thereman.”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a crippling degenerative disease that can prohibit even simple daily functions. After noticing bouts of slurred speech and an inability to play notes quickly, Hopkins searched for answers. The diagnosis has shaken him, but he is determined to fight it for the sake of his daughters.

“I am ready to fight this disease,” he said. said after announcing his diagnosis. “I want to show my daughters what a warrior their father is.”

In addition to his fight, Hopkins hopes to help others in theirs. He started the Hop on a cure foundation to raise funds for research to study the disorder and find a cure. According ALS.org, nearly 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease – each year. The life expectancy of people with the disease is usually two to five years.

Proceeds from the Zac Brown Band benefit show in Nashville will go directly to Hop on a Cure.

The band are currently on the road for their massive Out in the Middle tour, which will run through the fall. The trek stopped at many iconic locations, including Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., and will also reach the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on November 4. The final date for the tour is November 19 at Chase Terrain in Phoenix, Arizona.

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