U2, Green Day, Slash among artists auctioning guitars for charity

Collection contains plethora of concert-used instruments

U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, have announced Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising to take place December 11th, starting at 10 am PT to benefit Music Rising. Hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles, the live and online auction will offer a significant collection of guitars and other music memorabilia by some of the world’s most prominent musicians and friends of Music Rising. The auction will take the charity back to its roots and help support the musicians of the NOLA region after a long period being without income.

Music Rising was co-founded by the Edge and Ezrin, along with a host of music industry partners in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception, Music Rising has provided millions of dollars in aid to musicians and recipients of music education across the country.

Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising includes an exclusive collection of important instruments donated by friends of the charity. All of the instruments have a unique and special story and provenance and together make up an extraordinary example of some of the greatest moments in music history.

Highlights include The Edge’s 2005 Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar, often referred to as the “One” guitar given its use on the Joshua Tree tours of 2017 and 2019 during performances of the hit “One.” The Edge also played this guitar on “One” and “American Soul” during U2’s 2018 Song of Experience shows along with their famous 360 tour back in 2010, and serves as a significant iconic symbol for Music Rising, being one of the first guitars produced to benefit the charity at its inception. The Edge also played this guitar at the first reopening of New Orleans Jazz Fest post Katrina in 2006 alongside Dave Matthews and during a performance at the Grammy Awards 2006 alongside Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.

The Edge’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” Custom Signature Fender Stratocaster will also be sold. Edge took this guitar on the road with him during the period of 2017-2019 and used it for performances of “Bad” and the beloved chart topping hit single from The Joshua Tree, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

Bono’s U2 Tour Played Custom Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar used extensively on tour will also be up for grabs. Bono played this guitar on the 1992-1993 “Zoo TV” tour during performances of the songs “The Fly” and “Angel of Harlem.” The guitar was painted to Bono’s precise specifications and Bono also added a decal to the body of the guitar reading “I Feel Good.”

Adam Clayton’s Tour Played Fender Standard Precision Bass will be available. The U2 bassist played this guitar for performances of the song “A Sort of Homecoming” on The Joshua Tree tour from May-July, 2017. During the tour the bass was also used for the songs “Bullet The Blue Sky,” “Running to Stand Still,” “One Tree Hill” and others.

Paul McCartney’s Tour and Studio Played Left-Handed “Wings” Yamaha BB-1200 Electric Bass Guitar will also be up for auction. The Cherry Burst BB-1200 was a principal instrument used during his performances with “Wings” in the late 1970s. He was frequently photographed playing it on stage, during live performances and in the studio

Lou Reed’s Danny Gatton Fender Stratocaster nicknamed “Goldie” will be available as well. Reed’s love of this guitar can be seen in the patina and wear throughout and can be seen in videos of Reed playing his rendition of “Jealous Guy” at Radio City Music Hall, as well as on tour during 2005-2006.

Other highlights include Slash’s signed Gibson Custom Shop “Victoria” Les Paul Goldtop Model Electric Guitar created to Slash’s specifications and includes an original drawing by Slash of “Skully” on the top of the guitar; Noel Gallagher’s Tour-Played Nash Telemaster guitar which was played on tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Lenny Kravitz Tour Played Custom Gibson Flying V guitar played during his most recent world tour; Elton John’s Signed and Concert Played Yamaha Motif-8 Keyboard which was used by Elton John during live performances and on the road for nearly a decade. He also signed the instrument with black felt pen; Rush’s Alex Lifeson’s Tour Used Signature Hughes & Kettner Rush Amp and Cabinet Half Stack used extensively on the 40th Anniversary tour “Vapor Trails” and the “Snakes and Arrows” tour, as well as the “Time Machine” tour.

Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Zac Brown, Steve Miller and many more have also donated personally owned and stage-played instruments and artifacts.

“The music of New Orleans has influenced various styles of music borrowed from early traditions. It is the birthplace of jazz and represents a musical culture which bears great significance to most every genre today,” shares Dave “The Edge” Evans. “I can’t imagine what it would feel like to lose my ability to do what I love – making music. Unfortunately there are many musicians and crew members who continue to struggle since the pandemic. If this multigenerational chain is broken, we lose more than just a few concerts we lose an entire culture that stretches back centuries. 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 monies raised goes to musicians and crew. Your support continues to be invaluable to Music Rising.”

“When we launched Music Rising in 2005 we didn’t have any idea how significant a role the organization would play in helping musicians and music educators for as long as it has,” Ezrin adds. “Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising will be our biggest fundraising opportunity this year. We are working closely with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation in bringing back the bright sounds of the music of New Orleans. We thank you for your support and hope you are able to bid on one or more of the extraordinary instruments offered in the auction. We are thankful for all of your continued support of Music Rising.”

Music Rising has also launched a new apparel collection featuring limited edition t-shirts, hoodie, caps and tote. All the new apparel can be purchased at musicrising.com and benefits the charity. The iconic logo, which serves as the symbol for Music Rising is featured on each item.

The auction will take place at Van Eaton Galleries, located at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, California beginning at 10 am PT on Saturday, December 11th. The auction will also stream live and be online via various auction platforms all available through vegalleries.com. A public exhibition is currently underway at the gallery and can be visited by collectors and fans by appointment. Proceeds from the auction will be administered by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation on behalf of Music Rising.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com

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