April 05, 2016

Ten unforgettable Tiger Jam performances

Tiger Jam is known for its legendary performances. As we approach Tiger Jam 2016, featuring GRAMMY Award-winning artist Jason Mraz on April 30 at the MGM Grand, we pay homage to some of the most memorable performances in the event’s history. 

The inaugural Tiger Jam definitely set the bar high for what would become one of the foundation’s cornerstone fundraising events. In addition to Babyface and Hootie and the Blowfish, the Eagles performed together for the first time in four years. Rumors had swirled after the band’s last tour in 1994 that they would never play together again, but as the late Glenn Frey noted onstage, it was an easy decision for the band to come together and support Tiger’s charity.

Easily the most memorable moment of Tiger Jam IV in 2001 was when American rock legend John Mellencamp pulled Detroit’s own Kid Rock onstage to duet with him on the classic hit “Pink Houses.” It was an incredible moment! Kid Rock went on to headline Tiger Jam XV in 2013.

“Wanted, dead or alive.” It was a special evening in 2003 as Bon Jovi made their first appearance at Tiger Jam with their final U.S. stop on the Bounce Tour. In addition to rocking the sold-out show, Jon Bon Jovi made a generous donation to support the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Bon Jovi went on to headline the sold-out Tiger Jam X concert, and Jon Bon Jovi & Friends also headlined Tiger Jam XIV.

Tiger Jam guests joined over 10,000 ecstatic fans as one of the most prolific artists in history, Prince, rocked the house in a truly remarkable show. He performed his greatest hits in the round, including “Purple Rain,” “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry.” The highlight of the evening came when Prince surprised concertgoers with a special acoustic version of “Little Red Corvette.” Amazing. And one of the all-time greatest Tiger Jam performances.

In 2005, Conan O’Brien, Teri Hatcher, Kevin James, Joss Stone and Jerry O’Connell joined Tiger Woods at Tiger Jam VIII featuring Steve Wonder. Wonder’s stellar performance featured some of his classic hits and showcased songs from his new album, “A Time to Love.” The 2014 Tiger Jam musical guest, Prince, joined Wonder onstage and together they performed Wonder’s hit “Superstition.”

Sting rocked Tiger Jam IX in 2006. He began the evening with the classic “Message in a Bottle” and performed a collection of his greatest hits bringing everyone to their feet during rousing performances of “Every Little Thing She Does” and “Roxanne.” In addition to performing that evening, Sting auctioned off a meet-and-greet opportunity with himself in New York that raised $65,000 for the foundation. 

In 2008, Tiger Jam welcomed music superstars Van Halen to the stage for a truly amazing performance of their greatest hits. Tiger, a self-proclaimed “Van Halen nut,” had already seen them twice on tour prior to the night of the Jam. Van Halen lead vocalist David Lee Roth made a personal donation of $100,000 to TWF. Additionally, the Van Halens — Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang — contributed $100,000 in support of the charity, helping the event raise more than $1.5 million. 

A wowed audience in 2009 saw GRAMMY Award winners No Doubt take the stage together for the first time in five years as they kicked off their summer tour at Tiger Jam, and subsequently rocked the house! Support acts for the evening included performances by hit bands Paramore and The Sounds. Music mogul P. Diddy also made a surprise appearance at the event. 

In 2011, GRAMMY Award winners John Mayer and Keith Urban used their virtuosic guitar skills to provide an electrifying performance. During Mayer’s set, Urban joined him for an incredible cover of The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek.” Later, during Urban’s set, the two united again with Mayer adding vocals and guitar licks on “Sweet Thing” and “‘Til Summer Comes Around.”

And last but not least, the 17th annual sold-out Tiger Jam rocked its inaugural year at the MGM Grand in 2015. The private concert, featuring guitarist Ed Sheeran, was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Tiger Jam guests as he led a sing-a-long of his hit song the “A-Team” and played fan favorites “Sing” and “Thinking Out Loud.”

We hope you can join us April 30 for what is sure to be another unforgettable Tiger Jam performance featuring singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Emerging from the San Diego coffee-house scene to stadiums globally, the diamond and multi-platinum selling artist has amassed a dedicated fan base through his music and lively performances.

Tickets to this must-attend event are limited. Please reach out to Matt Cusick at 949-725-3003 for more information. 

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