Music Rising, is a world renowned charity organization, co-founded by the U2 lead guitarist The Edge, that seeks to bring back life and a spark of hope into people’s life, by reviving the local musical culture in the Central Gulf region of the U.S. in the wake of several disastrous hurricanes. Basically what they do is hold free concerts and give away loads of instruments to unfortunate artists. This of course costs money and with that in mind the organization will soon host their second massive Icons of Music charity auction.
Music fans across the US, and world for that matter, can now have the chance to buy very rare items that once belonged to members of Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Spoon, Wilco, M.I.A., and Common and many, many more. How many? Here’s just a few more: Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, the Beach Boys, Madonna, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ramones, Queen, Bo Diddley, Steely Dan, KISS, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Blondie, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, Frank Zappa, Metallica, Oasis etc etc.
Among the interesting items on display you can choose from we can remind: a hat worn by Bono, moccasins worn by Buddy Holly, a Patti Smith self-portrait, a cricket bat used by Queen’s Brian May, a guitar signed by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, The Sea Inside), a painting of Sid Vicious by Dee Dee Ramone, a trumpet played by Miles Davis, a wooden spoon signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Madonna’s high school yearbook, and a toaster Elton John received as a wedding gift.
The “Icons of Music” auction will take place in Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in NYC on May 31, and prospective bidders may also do their thing online via Julien’s Auctions. All proceeds go to Music Rising’s relief efforts