Radiohead, Green Day, Dave Grohl, and many more are set to auction off guitars for charity.
The auctions are will benefit Music Rising, a charity that U2 guitarist The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin formed in 2005. At the time, it was to aid musicians devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now, it’s to help musicians impacted by COVID-19.
Guitars Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising is set to take place on December 11th. The auction has an in person portion at Los Angeles’ Van Eaton Galleries, but bids can be made online as well. Check it out here.
.@RealMusicRising, co-founded by The Edge and Bob Ezrin are excited to finally announce the #GuitarIcons Auction: A Musical Instrument Auction which will take place this December 11th! The Edge will be auctioning his Gibson & Stratocaster. pic.twitter.com/OVTGwKXbRR
— U2 (@U2) November 24, 2021
A whole slew of artists have donated guitars and other instruments. You can look forward to items from Paul McCartney, U2, Noel Gallagher, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Rush, Tom Morello, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire’s Winn Butler, and many more.
According to Rolling Stone, some of the most notable items at the auction come from U2’s private collection. That collection includes the 2005 Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar. The Edge played that instrumet during “One” on the Joshua Tree tours in 2017 and 2019.
There’s also signed guitars from Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr, Elton John, Tom Morello, and Winn Butler at the auction.
“Unfortunately there are many musicians and crew members who continue to struggle since the pandemic,” The Edge explains. “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.”