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March 26th, 2007 2:25pm EDT
U2's The EdgeU2's The Edge announced the Icons of Music Auction to benefit Music Rising on Saturday April 21 at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square at 5 p.m. The auction event will offer one of the most significant collections of music memorabilia from many of music's greatest legends with proceeds benefiting Music Rising.

The campaign was co-founded by The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005 to aid musicians of the Gulf Coast Region in regaining their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The live and online auction, hosted by Julien's Auctions (juliensauctions.com), will be offering approximately 200 pieces of music memorabilia, much of which has been specifically donated for this cause.

Amongst the donations from The Edge is his 1975 Cream Gibson Les Paul (est. $60,000-80,000), an instrument highly significant to his career and U2. "I wanted that Steve Jones 'Never Mind The Bollox' sound, so I got the same guitar right down to the color. I never could get that sound, but I found a bunch of songs in this instrument, and have used it extensively ever since, on tour and in the studio," said The Edge.

NirvanaIncluded in the unprecedented collection of auction offerings will be: John Lennon worn sunglasses (est. $4,000-6,000)
Janis Joplin seven-page handwritten love letter to her boyfriend (est. $1,000-2,000)
Jimi Hendrix guitar (est. $60,000-80,000)
Bruce Springsteen hand written lyrics (est. $2,000-4,000)
Elvis Presley early recording contract (est. $3,000-5,000)
Kurt Cobain's MTV Video Music Award for Nirvana (est. $4,000-6,000)
Paul McCartney hand-painted Epiphone Texan Guitar (est. $6,000-8,000)
President Bill Clinton signed saxophone personalized to winning bidder (est. $2,000-4000)
Rolling Stones' signed Gibson Les Paul Music Rising Guitar (est. $20,000- 30,000)

U2 highlights donated by band members to support Music Rising include a pair of Emporia Armani (Project Red) concert-worn sunglasses (est. $2,000-4,000) donated by Bono, a Tom Tom drum (est. $8,000-10,000) donated by Larry Mullen and a concert and studio-played bass guitar (est. $20,000-30,000) donated by Adam Clayton.

MadonnaOther memorabilia from Madonna, Ray Charles, KISS, James Brown, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Cher, The Grateful Dead and much more is also included.

Highlights from the Icon's of Music auction will be previewed in special exhibits at:

Los Angeles: (March 27-29 @ The Beverly Hilton),
Dublin, Ireland: (April 3-6 @ The Clarence Hotel)
London: (April 11-13 @ The Hard Rock Cafe)
New York: (April 16-20 @ The Hard Rock Cafe)

Catalogs will be available for sale and can be purchased directly from the Julien's Auctions website. A limited number of tickets will be sold to the Music Rising auction event in New York at Hard Rock Times Square. Details of the ticket sales will be announced by March 30th on various websites including Musicrising.org, U2.com, Gibsonfoundation.org, Gibson.com, Juliensauctions.com and Hardrock.com. In addition to the live auction event, Grammy winner Aaron Neville will perform as a tribute to his native New Orleans. The performance will follow the auction.

The ongoing efforts of Music Rising have thus far aided over 2,400 professional musicians and over 20,000 students and parishioners. After Music Rising received a Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund grant, former President Bill Clinton personally presented a Music Rising Gibson Les Paul to a recipient in Baton Rouge, LA in 2006.


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