Disney stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers led hopefuls to City of Hope’s “Concert for Hope” cancer research and treatment benefit performance at The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on Sept. 14 where fans had the opportunity to see their favorite performers all while supporting an important cause.
The Amphitheatre was deafening even before the stars lit the stage.
An introductory clip hit the screens and explained what the City of Hope organization was about and how important the night’s event was to people suffering from cancer and diabetes.
Hosts Mark Ballas and Derek Hough (“Dancing With The Stars”) got the audience involved and pumped up for “Camp Rock” star Demi Lavato, who kicked off the night with “Enchanted” cover “That’s How You Know.”
Opening up for the Jonas Brothers in their current “Burnin Up” tour, Lavato knew not many people wanted to see her and it was very risky to keep their possessed fans waiting, so Lavato keep it short.
When the Jonas Brothers made their entrance, there was no question that the audience was there just to see them -not Lavato, not Cyrus, and perhaps not even for the cause.
The Jonas Brothers got started with “That’s Just The Way We Roll” and utter madness took over the venue. The brothers were all dolled up in tight polyester blended suits and were generous with their time dishing an hour-long set.
Their set included hits “Hold On,” “Love Bug,” and an electric performance of “Burnin Up” and “S.O.S.” It didn’t take any brains to figure out that the Jonas Brothers were a tough act to follow.
Cyrus, who had already raised over $1 million for the cause from last years “Best of Both Worlds” tour continued her support.
“Are you ready to meet Miley Cyrus?” screamed a back up singer.
Was that even a question? Cyrus headlined the event wearing a Metro Station T-Shirt (brother Trace Cyrus’s band) and tight white jeans rocking out to “Start All Over.”
Cyrus performed an 11-song set, singing songs off “Meet Miley Cyrus” and from her latest album “Breakout.”
Miley closed the night with “7 Things” and an explosion of purple lights in “See You Again.”
President and doctor Michael A. Friedman was on hand to personally thank the night’s performers as they all took the stage for a final bow.
“This Concert for Hope demonstrates their [Cyrus, Jonas Brothers] commitment to improving the lives of patients with cancer and to help create a future in which cancer is not only treatable, but curable and preventable,” said Friedman.
The concert included touching inspirational stories from hopeful cancer survivors between sets.
Promoters urged fans to keep in mind that the night was about more than having a good time, it was about saving lives.
Tickets were auctioned off and sold through Ticketmaster.com. Prices ranged from $100 to more than $1,000 per-ticket.
City of Hope was founded in 1913 and is situated in Duarte, Calif. It is considered one of America’s greatest cancer foundations and has accomplished many scientific advances and healing protocols that have excelled cancer and life-threatening illnesses treatment worldwide.
Every day, City of Hope’s team of researchers aggressively study the science behind childhood cancers to help bring new therapies to children as fast and safely as possible.