According to Rolling Stone, U2 guitarist, The Edge, and renowned producer Bob Ezrin are raising money to benefit Music Rising, the charity they formed in 2005 to aid musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
To do so, they have “assembled a stunning collection of guitars and other musical instruments from Paul McCartney, Rush, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Joe Walsh, Green Day, Ron Wood, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Noel Gallagher, Joan Jett, and many others.”
Guitars Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising will take place on December 11th at Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles, but bids will also be accepted via the Internet.
Some of the most notable items come from U2’s private collection, including the 2005 Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar that Edge played during “One” on the Joshua Tree tours of 2017 and 2019.
The organization is also auctioning a Yamaha BB-1200 Electric Bass Guitar that McCartney played on the Wings tours in the late ’70s, a Gibson Custom Shop “Victoria” Les Paul Goldtop Model Electric Guitar signed by Slash, Noel Gallagher’s Telecaster guitar he played on the road with the High Flying Birds, an autographed Yamaha Motif-8 Keyboard that Elton John used on the road for nearly a decade, as well as other instruments from renowned artists.
Ron Wood, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr, Tom Morello, and Win Butler have all contributed signed guitars from their own collections.