U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin have assembled a collection of guitars and other instruments from the personal collections of Paul McCartney, Rush, Radiohead and Pearl Jam, Ron Wood Green Day, Joan Jett, Joe Walsh, Noel Gallagher, Dave Grohl , Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen and more, all to benefit Music Rising.
“Guitars Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising” will take place on December 11 at the Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles and bids will be accepted online around the event.
Formed in 2005 by Edge and Ezin, Music Rising was originally launched to support musicians after Hurricane Katrina and is currently helping musicians affected by COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida.
“When we started Music Rising in 2005, we had no idea of the important role the organization would play in helping musicians and music teachers for so long,” Ezrin said in a statement. “Guitar Icons: A musical instrument auction to benefit Music Rising will be our biggest fundraising opportunity this year. We work closely with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to bring back the brilliant sounds of New Orleans music.
Part of the collection includes the limited edition 2005 Gibson Les Paul The Edge played during “One” on the Joshua tree tours of 2017 and 2019, with his Fender Stratocaster Custom Signature used on “Bad” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, U2 bassist Adam Clayton’s Fender Standard Precision bass used on “A Sort of Homecoming, ”“ Bullet The Blue Sky, ”“ Running to Stand Still ”and“ One Tree Hill ”and Bono’s Custom Gibson ES-175 electric guitar performed throughout the Zoo TV tour in 1992.
Plus, Music Rising is auctioning Bruce Springsteen’s signed Americana Original Fender Telecaster from the 1950s, a custom “Victoria” Les Paul Goldtop Model electric guitar signed by Slash, a Yamaha BB-1200 electric bass guitar that McCartney played on the Wings tours in the late 1970s, a Yamaha Motif keyboard – 8 autographed by Elton John played for almost a decade, the Gallagher Telecaster used with the High Flying Birds, the Fender Stratocaster that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder smashed on stage at Wrigley Field in 2018, three guitars used by Lou Reed and the Hughes & Kettner RUSH Signature Amp and Alex Lifeson’s Cabinet Half Pile used on the Rush 40th Anniversary Tour.
Music Rising has also launched a new clothing collection, including limited edition t-shirts, hoodies, caps and bags, which also benefit the association.
“The music of New Orleans has influenced various styles of music borrowed from early traditions,” The Edge said in a statement. “It is the cradle of jazz and represents a musical culture that is of great importance in most genres today. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my ability to do what I love, to make music. Sadly, many musicians and crew members continue to struggle since the pandemic. If this multigenerational chain is broken, we lose more than a few gigs, we lose a whole culture that goes back centuries. “
He added, “Some of the world’s greatest musicians and friends of Music Rising have generously donated their personal instruments to raise money for Music Rising. We hope you have a chance to bid on one or more of the beautiful instruments in the auction. The money raised goes to the musicians and the team.
Charity guitars (Photo: Music Rising)