Valuable U2 Guitar Will Be Auctioned Off for Charity

Posted Mar 26, 2007 by Lisa Angotti

The guitar that was used by The Edge through his career with U2 will raise $60,000 to $80,000 for Katrina victims.
David Evans, the guitarist known as The Edge from legendary rock group U2, has donated his favorite guitar worth between $60,000 to $80,000 to the charity Music Rising, which replaces musical instruments for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The 1975 Gibson Les Paul guitar has seen thousands of hours of concerts and rehearsal time during the 45-year-old musician's career.
"I wanted to give something really significant that would really mean a lot for me to give. It deserved something that I would miss," The Edge told The Associated Press by phone from France.
The musician felt compelled to help hurricane victims because he says New Orleans is the soul of American music, so he helped establish the charity in 2005.
"Jazz came out of New Orleans, and that was the forerunner of everything," he said. "You mix jazz with European rhythms, and that's rock 'n' roll really. You can make the argument that it all started on the streets of New Orleans with the jazz funerals."
The guitar will be auctioned along with 196 other rock-and-roll items during the Icons of Music auction held by Jullien's Auctions. Featured items include a saxophone signed by President Clinton, Jimi Hendrix's guitar and an original Elvis Presley recording contract.
A traveling exhibit that will travel from Los Angeles to Dublin to London has been designed to highlight auction items and build publicity for the charity. Fans can bid online or in person at the auction which ends April 21 at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe.
Fellow U2 band members have also donated a bass guitar from Adam Clayton, tom-tom drums from Larry Mullen and Armani sunglasses from Bono.