Bono’s not the only member of U2 who’s giving back to a world in need. The Edge and a group of other musicians decided to look out for their fellow artists who were affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, setting up a charity called Music Rising. The charity aimed to help out by replacing musical instruments that have been damaged or lost during the catastrophe, and one of the efforts they launched was an auction, which took place at Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
The event was a roaring success, raising over $2,000,000. Some of the biggest money earners include Bono’s Irish Falcon Gretsch Guitar ($180,000), Jimi Hendrix’s 1966 Red Fender Mustang guitar ($400,000), and The Edge’s Les Paul ($240,000). Other items, like sunglasses, sneakers, and accessories were auctioned off. The article goes on to say that U2’s guitar technician, Dallas Schoo, regretted the sale of the Les Paul, which was described as “the most emotional sale” during the event. Not being a musician, I suppose it’s easy for me to say, “Ah, let it go, man,” but I’m sure many people out there are very attached to their musical instruments. But cheer up, Dallas, it’s all going to a good cause anyway.