October 6, 2022


Art Is Experience

U2’s Edge leading rock memorabilia sale to help musicians

NEW YORK – When The Edge saw the Rolling Stones accomplish a short while ago, his mask authorized him to go unrecognized as he watched guitarist Ron Wooden from the front row.

“I have to say 1 of the gains of mask carrying is it is like a cloaking machine if you’re a renowned confront,” the U2 guitarist a short while ago advised The Involved Press while endorsing his Songs Soaring charity and its Dec. 11 auction of well known guitars and other rock memorabilia to support New Orleans musicians strike really hard by the pandemic.

“Ronnie has donated a stunning guitar to our auction. So, I was so stoked,” he said.

Established by Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, the charity was commenced in 2005 immediately after Hurricane Katrina as a indicates of changing instruments lost in the flood. As soon as the pandemic set it, it uncovered a new mission.

“We want to try and reestablish the stay songs scene the place it is suffered a variety of major setback. So back in publish-Katrina, we ended up replacing instruments. Now we’re not remaining that specific. We’re really prepared to just fund people’s livelihoods,” Edge said.


Two of Edge’s guitars that he’s performed extensively on tour with U2 will be among the those bought, including the instrument he phone calls the “One.”

“It’s a beautiful Les Paul and it’s actually a songs climbing Les Paul, element of … a constrained version of 300.”

The other is a customized designed Fender Stratocaster made use of while on tour to accomplish “Bad” and “Still Haven’t Uncovered I’m Searching For.”

“They are actual really serious guitars that I’ve spent a ton of time taking part in and they’ll — they’ll be missed.”

Many others donating guitars include things like Slash, Lou Reed, Steve Miller, and a bass from Paul McCartney. Throughout the interview Edge held up a vintage photograph of McCartney playing the donated guitar in a studio when Stevie Question played the drums.

“This is two of my terrific heroes in the a person shot and that bass guitar is going to be in the auction.”

Ezrin, who has generated a litany of basic rock artist from Alice Cooper and Aerosmith to Pink Floyd and Kiss. Each individual has donated memorabilia to the auction. But Ezrin suggests guitarist Paul Stanley individually had to look for for his donation.


“Paul Stanley likely down to the warehouse to come across the guitar since his guitar tech had passed away from COVID, as a matter of point, and he had to go himself to go find the guitar that he wished to give us,” Ezrin claimed.

Some of the choices are currently on exhibit at Van Eaton Galleries in the Sherman Oaks community of Los Angeles.

“We sense like this is a fantastic second as venues are just beginning to commence to open up once more to give these musicians the opportunity to get their devices again in spot and get participating in once more,” he claimed, noting that a lot of musicians had to offer their instruments to survive.

As for U2, Edge states the band has no plans to go back on the road. Which is been wonderful by him given that he’s been in a “songwriting and the compositional” stage that coincided with the lockdown and pandemic.

“I am suffering a little from survivor’s guilt because, you know, we did not have to terminate excursions,” he reported. “We did not have everything community that we ended up scheduling for this period. And it’s just compelled me to be at residence operating on new songs, which is just what I needed to do.”


When U2 does strike the road, he explained he would like to make guaranteed its harmless for fans. He differs from other musicians like Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Travis Tritt, who have resisted endeavours by venues demanding evidence of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID check.

“I discover it pretty tricky to fathom why you would be versus it,” he mentioned. When there is no plans for the up coming U2 tour, Edge explained he “there’s no query in my intellect that which is how, how we must deal with this. And I just I fail to see any logic to not supporting the whole plan of vaccinations.”

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