Selling U2’s Edge rock memorabilia to help musicians
New York When The Edge saw a Rolling Stones performance recently, his mask allowed him not to recognize him as he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row.
“I have to say one of the advantages of wearing a mask is that it’s like a masking device if you’re a famous face” and other rock memorabilia in support of the New Orleans musicians, guitarist U2 recently told the Associated Press while promoting his charity Music Rising and his popular guitar auction on December 11. who have been severely affected by the epidemic.
“Ronnie donated a beautiful guitar to our auction. So, I was very excited,” he said.
Founded by Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, the charity began in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina as a way to replace tools lost in the flood. As soon as an epidemic caused his appearance, he found a new mission.
“We want to try to recreate the live music scene where it’s suffered kind of a big setback. So back after Katrina, we’ve been replacing instruments. Now we’re not that specific. We’re actually just willing to fund people’s livelihoods,” Edge said.
Two of the guitars he’s played extensively on tour with U2 will be among those sold, including an instrument he calls “One.”
“It’s a beautiful Les Paul song and it’s actually music that Rises Up Les Paul, and it’s part of…a 300 limited edition.”
The other is a custom-built Fender Stratocaster used while on tour to perform “Bad” and “I Still Can’t Find It.”
“They are really serious guitars that I’ve spent a lot of time playing and will miss.”
Other donors include Slash, Lou Reed, Steve Miller, and bass guitars from Paul McCartney. During the interview, Edge uploaded an old photo of McCartney playing the donated guitar in a studio while Stevie Wonder played the drums.
“Those are two of my great heroes in one take and the bass guitar will be auctioned.”
Ezrin, who has produced a range of classic rock artists from Alice Cooper and Aerosmith to Pink Floyd and Kiss. All of them donated souvenirs for auction. But Ezrin says guitarist Paul Stanley personally had to seek out his donation.
“Paul Stanley went down to the warehouse to find the guitar because his guitar technology had died from COVID, as a matter of fact, and he had to go himself to find the guitar he wanted to give us,” Ezrin said.
Some of the shows are currently on display at the Van Eaton Galleries in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“We feel this is a good moment as venues are starting to open up again to give these musicians the opportunity to put their equipment back in place and play again,” he said, noting that many musicians have had to sell instruments to survive.
As for U2, Edge says the band has no plans to get back on the road. This worked well for him because he was in the “songwriting and composing” phase that coincided with the lockdown and the pandemic.
“I suffer a little bit from survivor guilt because, you know, we didn’t have to cancel the tours,” he said. “We didn’t have anything in public that we were planning for this period. And it just forced me to be at home working on new songs, which is exactly what I needed to do.”
When U2 hit the road, he said he wanted to make sure it was safe for fans. It differs from other musicians like Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Travis Treat, who have resisted efforts in places that require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test.
“I find it very difficult to understand why you are against it,” he said. Although there are no plans for the next U2 tour, Edge said there is “no doubt in my mind about how and how to handle this. And I just don’t see any logic in not supporting the whole idea of vaccines.”
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