NEW YORK (AP) – When Edge recently saw the Rolling Stones perform, his mask allowed him to go unnoticed while he watched guitarist Ron Wood from the front row.
“I have to say that one of the benefits of wearing a mask is that it looks like a disguise if you’re a famous person,” guitarist U2 recently told the Associated Press while promoting his charity Music Rising. and his December 11 auction of famous guitars and other rock memorabilia. to support musicians from New Orleans hard hit by the pandemic.
“Ronnie gave us a beautiful guitar. So I was so excited, ”he said.
Founded by Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, the charity was founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina as a replacement for tools lost during the flood. Once the pandemic established him, he found a new mission.
“We want to try to rebuild the live music scene where it suffered a major setback. So, after Katrina, we changed the instruments. We’re not going to be that specific now. In fact, we are ready to just fund people’s livelihoods, ”said The Edge.
Edge’s two guitars, which he played extensively on tour with U2, will be among those sold, including an instrument he calls “One.”
“This is a beautiful Les Paul, and in fact it is an emerging musical Les Paul, part … of a limited edition of 300 pieces.”
The other is a specially designed Fender Stratocaster that was used during the tour to perform Bad and Still Haven’t Found I’m Looking For.
“These are real serious guitars that I have spent a lot of time on, and … they will be missed.”
Guitars have also been donated by Slash, Lou Reed, Steve Miller and bassist Paul McCartney. During the interview, Edge showed an old photo of McCartney playing a donated guitar in the studio while Stevie Wonder was playing drums.
“These are two of my great heroes in one shot, and this bass is going to be auctioned.”
Erzine, who has produced a range of classic rock artists from Alice Cooper and Aerosmith to Pink Floyd and Kiss. Each donated memorabilia for the auction. But Erzin says that guitarist Paul Stanley had to look for his donation personally.
“Paul Stanley went down to the warehouse to find a guitar because his guitar technician actually got away from COVID and had to go on his own to find the guitar he wanted to give us,” Erzin said.
Some of the proposals are currently on display at Van Eaton Galleries in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.
“We feel this is a good moment as venues are just starting to reopen to give these musicians the opportunity to put their equipment back in place and start playing again,” he said, noting that many musicians had to sell their tools to survive.
As for U2, Edge says the group has no plans to return to tour. This was fine with him, as he was in the “songwriting and composition” phase, which coincided with isolation and pandemic.
“I suffer a little from the survivor’s fault because, you know, we didn’t have to cancel the tours,” he said. “We didn’t have anything public that we planned for this period. And it just made me work at home on new songs, which is exactly what I needed to do. “
When U2 does hit the road, he said he wants to make sure it’s safe for the fans. He stands out from other musicians such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and Travis Tritt, who have resisted efforts by establishments to demand proof of vaccinations or test negative for COVID.
“It’s very difficult for me to understand why you’ll be against it,” he said. While we have no plans for the next U2 tour, Edge said that “I have no doubts about how and how we can handle this. And I just don’t see any logic in not supporting the idea of vaccination in general. ”